Do-It-Our-Way or Do-It-Yourself?: ESP Learner Control in Personal Learning Environments
Anna Plastina, Università Della Calabria, Rende, Italy
IJCALLT Volume 5, Number 1, ISSN 2155-7098 Publisher: IGI Global
Providing learner control opportunities, such as making individual choices and using preferred learning styles, is a difficult task in the tertiary ESP classroom. Curricular courses can be supplemented with integrative CALL experiences in Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) to overcome classroom constraints. ESP course design in these environments should, however, focus on key aspects which allow learners greater degrees of control. The current study investigates whether content sequencing, pace of learning and access to learning support can be designed to facilitate higher learner control, and whether learners take advantage of these options. For this purpose, it analyses the design of an ESP course implemented in a PLE for pre-intermediate ESP learners studying at a university in Italy. A preliminary investigation on participants' learning styles and navigation behaviour confirms that students chose to exercise high control over content sequencing, pace of learning and access to learning support, thanks to the design options allowed.
Plastina, A. (2015). Do-It-Our-Way or Do-It-Yourself?: ESP Learner Control in Personal Learning Environments. International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching, 5(1), 35-52. IGI Global.