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dc.contributor.authorSabani, Noraisikin
dc.contributor.authorKurnia, Savitri
dc.contributor.editorDr. Ng Swee Chin
dc.identifier.citationSabani, Noraisikin and Kurnia, Savitri. 2010. The Use of Learner Development Activities in ESL Classrooms; the Correlation Between Learner Autonomy and Students' English Writing Proficiency, in Chin, N.S. (ed), TARC International Conference 2010, Oct 18 2010, pp. 170-176. Petaling Jaya, Malaysia: Tunku Abdul Rahman College.

This study focuses on the effort to foster learner autonomy in an Intensive English Program through the activities suggested in the three learners’ development stages promoting learner autonomy and its result in developing the students’ learner autonomy as well as their English proficiency level. The levels of perceived learner autonomy are measured by a questionnaire; while their levels of English proficiency are evaluated through the pre and post test of essay writing assessments. There have been quite a few definitions of learner autonomy suggested by different learner autonomy scholars and the one that this research project uses as a conceptual framework is that of Littlewood (1996, p. 428) who defines autonomy as “…independent capacity to make and carry out the choices which govern his or her action …” The findings indicates that despite the fact that there is no significant correlation between the students’ perceived learner autonomy and the students’ performance, the result of their post test indicates otherwise. The verification from their writing proficiency as well as teachers’ reflective journals indicates that the activities suggested by Scharle and Szabo (2000) do make a positive impact, with or without the recognition from the students.

dc.publisherTunku Abdul Rahman College
dc.subjectreflective journals
dc.subjectwriting proficiency
dc.subjectlearner-development activities
dc.subjectlearner autonomy
dc.titleThe Use of Learner Development Activities in ESL Classrooms; the Correlation Between Learner Autonomy and Students' English Writing Proficiency
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.titleEmerging Trends in Higher Education Learning and Teaching
dcterms.source.seriesEmerging Trends in Higher Education Learning and Teaching
dcterms.source.conferenceTARC International Conference 2010
dcterms.source.conference-start-dateOct 18 2010
dcterms.source.conferencelocationOne World Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
dcterms.source.placeKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
curtin.departmentCurtin Sarawak - Faculty Office
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