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Supporting the Development of Autonomous Learning Skills in Reading and Writing in an Independent Language Learning Centre

Author(s): Hazel L. W. Chiu

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

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 266;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: independent language learning | autonomy | writing conference | extensive reading | scaffolding

This article draws on observations, examples and findings from previous action research and teaching experiences gathered in an independent language learning centre in a university in Hong Kong to explore strategies for supporting independent learning. The learning centre offers one-to-one and small-group learning sessions to support the development of independent learning skills in various areas. This discussion will explore particularly the focuses of reading and writing skills development. These learner-centred support sessions aim to develop awareness of different types of learning strategies to suit individual learning needs, and cultivate interest and ability for continuous self-learning. The benefits of a semi-structured scaffolding format with attention to individual learning differences and supported by technology will be highlighted.
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