Fostering autonomy in learners with special needs: a specialized e-learning course


Publikace nespadá pod Filozofickou fakultu, ale pod pracoviště Středisko pro pomoc studentům se specifickými nároky. Oficiální stránka publikace je na webu



Rok publikování 2020
Druh Další prezentace na konferencích
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Středisko pro pomoc studentům se specifickými nároky

Přiložené soubory
Popis In the context of a complex and rapidly changing educational environment, international engagement has become a priority and is regarded as a means to improve the quality of education and the future social and professional success of the students. Some of the internationalization strategies may, however, pose a major challenge for some higher education students. One of the vulnerable groups are learners with special needs, and particularly, deaf and hard of hearing students. This group of learners is limited in the chances to interact in spoken/written foreign languages and the learning opportunities they can join (Sedláčková & Kontra, in press). This, by extension, has an unfavourable impact on this group's possibilities of engaging in study stays abroad, which is an area where the learners with hearing loss are heavily underrepresented. Based on the experience with the newly launched e-learning course Online English for International Mobilities the present paper discusses the need for building effective FL learning strategies in deaf and hard of hearing students in connection to the process of academic internationalization. The presenters argue for the need to foster the students' autonomy as FL learners, which would lead to reducing their teacher dependency and reliance on directed learning, encouraging them take responsibility for their own learning. The applied approach to foster these skills will be practically exemplified. Secondly, the paper provides a comparison of two pilot runs of the course from the point of view of (online) classroom dynamics and cooperation. While the course is built to be as autonomous as possible and benefits from the advantages of the e-learning format, great importance is given to group dynamics and cooperation via discussion fora and online chats. It also takes advantage of the considerable benefits of individualized and personalized feedback provided by the teachers on selected assignments.

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