Perceptions of English Language Instructors on the Effectiveness of Learning Advisory Training Programme (LATP)


ŞEN H. , ŞEN M.

STUDIES IN SELF-ACCESS LEARNING JOURNAL, vol.12, no.3, pp.231-247, 2021 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.37237/120304
  • Title of Journal : STUDIES IN SELF-ACCESS LEARNING JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.231-247
  • Keywords: advising in language learning (ALL), learning advisor, reflective dialogue, training program, learner autonomy

Abstract

Advising in language learning (ALL) can be defined as "the process of helping someone become an effective, aware, and reflective language learner" (Kato & Mynard, 2016, p. 1). In order to promote learner autonomy, a learning advisor conducts an intentionally structured reflective dialogue, the purpose of which is to engage the learner in reflective processes so that the learner can reach a deeper sense of understanding and control of language learning (Carson & Mynard, 2012; Kato & Mynard, 2016). The main role of the learning advisor in this process is to "activate learners' reflective processes through a one-to-one dialogue" (Kato & Mynard, 2016, p. 104). To encourage active and critical reflection, learning advisors need to be provided with proper training. The purpose of this paper is to explore the perceptions of the experienced English language teachers regarding the effectiveness of the learning advisory training program (LATP) they have attended and its effects on the teachers' professional and personal lives. To achieve this aim, both quantitative and qualitative data were collected through questionnaires and interview findings. The results suggest that the teachers who attended the LATP developed a deeper awareness of how to promote learner autonomy.