Learner training; from strategy awareness to actual language improvement

Fernandez-Toro, Maria and Wilczynski, Andrea (2002). Learner training; from strategy awareness to actual language improvement. In: Setting the agenda: languages, linguistics and area studies in Higher Education, UMIST, Manchester.

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Abstract

The aims of this paper are to: present a strategy-training module taught at Newcastle University; evaluate it in the areas of writing and speaking skills; discuss the relationship between strategy awareness and language performance. It also aims to demonstrate how an observational approach to strategy research could be developed on the basis of student performance data. The data presented here was compiled at the end of the academic year (i.e. only a few weeks before this paper was given). Therefore it should be regarded as a preliminary communication rather than hard evidence of specific findings. Nevertheless, it was thought that an early glimpse into the nature of the information that can be obtained by this method could be of use to other researchers in the field, and might generate fruitful discussion at this initial stage.

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