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Fostering learner independence in the area of lexico-grammar

By Andreas Buerki


Learner Independence has been defined as 'the ability to take charge of one's own learning' (Holec 1981) and is deemed an essential attribute of successful language learners. Nevertheless, it is understood in different ways and its appropriateness in non-Western cultural settings has been questioned. After clearing the ground on these two questions, we will look at an area of language where it is particularly difficult to cater for individual student needs while at the same time representing a key weakness for many of our students: lexico-grammar. Using CALL, we will find ways in which language teachers can help learners help themselves with some of their lexico-grammatical challenges. A possible practical implementation in the form of a lesson plan will also be shown

Topics: L1, P1
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