This study involving 252 students from four different higher educational institutions in China investigates the attitudes and practices towards learner autonomy with the use of technology in learning English. Questionnaires were distributed to the 252 participants and follow-up in-depth interviews were undertaken with a number of participants. Meanwhile, the teacher as a researcher conducted the action research project in order to understand how the use of modern technology and the Internet enhanced English proficiency of learners, especially their listening and speaking abilities. Additionally, some invaluable data were collected from interviews with participants and learning diaries on their experiences in using advanced technology.
The research results demonstrate that: 1) One of the most important roles for language teachers is to motivate students to learn English, and to teach them correct learning strategies and learning methods; 2) Learner autonomy plays a crucial role in learning English; 3) The combination of the use of autonomy and advanced technology, such as computers and the Internet, helps learners improve their English language proficiency, and is considered to be one of the most effective ways to learn a language. Finally, this paper concludes with some implications and suggestions on English language teaching and learning by the use of the new media.
|Keywords:||Teachers’ Roles, Learner Autonomy, New Media, Learning English, Computers|
Southwest University, Shenyang, China
Assistant Professor, Department of Applied English, St. John’s University, Taipei City, Taipei, Taiwan