VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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Promoting learner autonomy in an intensive English program
Pamela Stacey

Building: A12
Room: Room 401
Date: 2018-10-13 09:35 AM – 10:05 AM
Last modified: 2018-09-15


This presentation will focus on the development of learner autonomy in an intensive English summer program at a university in Southern Vietnam. Drawing on both goal theory and self-efficacy theory, projects and activities were designed in ways that allowed learners a high degree of self-regulation and individual or group decision-making power. Firstly, learners engaged in a six week group research project, which necessitated choosing a group topic, a data collection method, and a data analysis method. Learners were supported in making these choices by their group members and by class activities which scaffolded their teamwork and group decision-making skills. Secondly, learners self-selected short texts which aligned with their interests and mined academic vocabulary from their chosen texts, using these to create their own summer vocabulary lists.

In assessing the level of success of this program, students’ written reflections on their progress and a survey reporting levels of confidence in each English skill prior to and following the intensive summer program will be utilized. Audience members will leave this session with new knowledge about how activities to promote learner autonomy can be used in a Vietnamese context.


intensive English programs; language pedagogy; learner autonomy; self-efficacy theory; goal theory