Developing learner autonomy through peer teaching experiences

Shu-Hua Kao

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:
Developing learner autonomy through peer teaching experiences

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This chapter reports on a study involving Taiwanese undergraduates majoring in English who acted as peer tutors to non-English-major undergraduate students who had scored low marks in English in their university entrance examination. The chapter suggests that, as a result of their peer teaching experience, the tutors developed greater learner autonomy in a number of ways, including feeling a greater responsibility for their own learning, being more confident and more critical about their learning, and learning in a more collaborative fashion.

Keywords: peer teaching; learner autonomy; collaboration; interaction; confidence; self-esteem; motivation

Chapter.  5079 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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