Self-directed learning modules for independent learning: IELTS exam preparation

Morrison, B. R. (2011) Self-directed learning modules for independent learning: IELTS exam preparation. Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, 2(2), pp. 51-67.

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Learners studying for exams sometimes show a lack of awareness in their abilities as tested through the framework of that exam. Instead, such learners focus on the score obtained in exams, and exam preparation includes using textbooks, online materials and timed use of past papers. The purpose of exam-focused flexible self-directed learning modules (FSDLMs) at Kanda University of International Studies have been designed to address this by developing learners’ ability to identify their strengths and weaknesses, to make informed decisions about their own learning, and to improve their test-taking skills. Each FSDLM has at its core a diagnostic for learners to use for self-evaluation, often with guidance from a learning advisor. This process leads to the setting of clear goals and the development and implementation of an individual learning plan through a variety of dialogues. Learners have the potential to transfer this skill beyond examination preparation to other areas of learning. In other words, learners’ awareness of needs analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation is fostered with a view to developing their language learning ability within and beyond this module.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Morrison, Dr Bob
Authors: Morrison, B. R.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Language Centre
Journal Name:Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal
Publisher:Kanda University of International Studies
ISSN (Online):2185-3762
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 Kanda University of International Studies
First Published:First published in Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal 5(3):294-308
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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