Journal of
Languages and Culture

  • Abbreviation: J. Lang. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6540
  • DOI: 10.5897/JLC
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 128

Full Length Research Paper

Autonomous foreign language learning

R. Ragıp BAŞBAĞI
  • R. Ragıp BAÅžBAÄžI
  • Marmara University, Atatürk Faculty of Education, Department of German Language and Education, Ä°stanbul, Turkey.
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Nagehan YILMAZ
  • Nagehan YILMAZ
  • Marmara University, Atatürk Faculty of Education, Department of German Language and Education, Ä°stanbul, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 01 August 2015
  •  Accepted: 10 September 2015
  •  Published: 30 September 2015

Abstract

This study investigates foreign language teacher candidates’ views regarding the issue of autonomous learning through a survey given to the students in the Department of German Language Teaching at Marmara University in Istanbul. Participants’ views on their responsibilities, learning styles, strategies, and motivation during the learning processes were elicited through the scale “checklists for learner autonomy”. The results of the study indicate that while prospective teachers were aware of their learning styles and strategies, their strengths and weaknesses, they needed to develop their skills to put into practice what they knew about autonomous learning in theory.

 

Key words: Autonomous learning, learning style, learning strategy.