Andrzej (Andy) Cirocki is Assistant Professor of English Language Education and Director of Taught Masters Programmes in the Department of Education at the University of York, UK. He is a teacher educator, CELTA teacher trainer and materials developer, with research interests relating to EFL/ESL teacher education and professional development, TEFL, classroom-based research and developing learner autonomy. In addition to being author of numerous publications, and being involved in international research projects and delivering continuing professional development courses for EFL/ESL teachers worldwide, he is also Editor of The European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL.
Developing Learner Autonomy through Pedagogical Tasks
This talk aims to enhance teacher awareness of developing learner autonomy in the English as a foreign, second, or additional language classroom. A lot of debates have so far been held about the significance of learner autonomy in the teaching-learning process, yet little has been stated on how learner autonomy can be developed through pedagogical tasks. This talk will suggest how teachers can promote learner autonomy through learner-related, classroom-related and technology-related approaches. All these approaches advocate the implementation of pedagogical tasks to (1) enable learners to take responsibility for their own learning, (2) empower their global skills, and (3) make their English language learning experience more meaningful and creative.