Txell: English experience in Education

Self-learning: an autonomous way to learn

Self-learning: an autonomous way to learn

Students have some time in their course hour for self-learning. They all have a pathway divided into three levels: starters, beginners and lower intermediate. Each student has their level assigned from the beginning of the course (they can change level if they progress or they don't follow the pace...) and they have to do exercises and activities for the unit as assigned by the teacher in a pathway learning (handed in at the beginning of the unit). In this pathway learning students have all different tasks they have to do (grammar, listening, speaking, vocabulary, reading; from the Student's book, workbook, other resources, videos...), some of them compulsory and some of them voluntary, so students can choose. When it is time for self-learning, students do their pathway tasks autonomously and with self-correction in class. Some of these exercises (the one's in their books) are for homework, at home, and they have to do it for the end of the unit, they can do it whenever they want with that deadline.

In this picture I have taken a picture about two girls doing a video task: they have to see a video of about ten minutes long and then they answer some questions about the video as true or false. In the same document with the questions, they have the answers behind, for self-evaluation.

In all these tasks I noticed they are all fair and honest. I liked it, because they gain autonomy and responsibility, and they learn at their own learning pace, at their level, in cooperation with their classmates. But the teacher is not absent in these times! She is always there, helping them, encouraging them; she is a guide for their apprenticeship.

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