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The Importance of Affective Factors in Self-Access Language Learning courses

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Author(s): Sergio Valdivia | David McLoughlin | Jo Mynard

Journal: Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal
ISSN 2185-3762

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 91;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: affect | self-access

ABSTRACT
In this short summary, we investigate the importance of learners’ emotional involvement in self-directed learning. We begin by briefly examining the literature related to affective factors in self-access language learning. We then describe two examples of institutions with self-access centres that place particular importance on affective factors in courses of self-directed study. The first example is in a university in Japan, where affective strategies are introduced through self-directed learning modules. The second example is in a university in Mexico, where educators are investigating how feelings about self-access language learning can change over time.
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