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On the road to self-directed learning: A language coaching case study

Christina Wielgolawski

in Independent Language Learning

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9789888083640
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209299 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888083640.003.0009
On the road to self-directed learning: A language coaching case study

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This chapter presents a longitudinal case study of a single adult learner of French in New Zealand, which focuses on the role of ‘coaching’ in the self-directed learning process. The results of the study highlight the benefits of the flexible and ongoing nature of such an approach to supporting independent learning, with the coach playing a role not only in assisting with the processes of needs analysis, goal setting and programme planning, but also in asking questions and discussing the process of self-directed learning.

Keywords: self-directed learning; coaching; goal setting; needs analysis; programme planning

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Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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