P10 Presenter: Iijima, Tsujita and Wakabayashi,


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English Learning Support Room at Dokkyo University: Promoting Learner and Teacher Autonomy

Presenter: Yuka Iijima, Mari Tsujita and Reina Wakabayashi, Dokkyo University, Japan

This presentation introduces the English Learning Support Room (ELSR) at Dokkyo University, Saitama. The ELSR was established by the Interdepartmental English Language Program to serve two functions: (1) providing students with face-to-face advising that help them solve learning problems, make an action plan to achieve their goals, and carry it out, and (2) providing teachers with a common space for accessing teaching resources and sharing information with colleagues. Since its start in the fall 2010, various attempts have been made to build an effective management system for this newly implemented facility to offer quality services, including training advisors, integrating advising with the Program curriculum, and distributing newsletters. The presenters report the ELSR activities and how they are run and managed using the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle, and discuss students’ perceptions of the services and future agenda of the facility based on the student and advisor feedback.

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P10 Presenter: Iijima, Tsujita and Wakabayashi,

  1. 1. English Learning Support Room (ELSR) at Dokkyo University*: Promoting Learner and Teacher Autonomy Learner  Autonomy Support Teacher Autonomy Support PURPOSE • To provide advising sessions & workshops to develop autonomous learners • To support teachers through faculty resource space CHARACTERISTICS • Integration with curriculum • On-campus facilities • English Learning Roadmap FUTURE AGENDA • Reconsidering advising schedule • Attracting more Junior and Senior students • Developing Teachers’ Resource Space Yuka Iijima, Mari Tsujita, Reina Wakabayashi Interdepartmental English Language Program, Dokkyo University TARGET • Students in 7 departments (German/ French/Economics/Management Science/ Law/International Legal Studies/Policy Studies) (approximately 6,300) • All instructors of English (full-time & part-time) TIME • Advising sessions (2 days/week) • Faculty resource space (Mon.-Fri. 9am-6pm) MANAGEMENT • Guidelines booklet • Advising workshops • Notebook for sharing information among staff members Student Feedback Number of Users I now know what materials to use for studying. I was able to decide my next learning goals. It’s useful because the advisor gives me feedback on my work every week. I have more confidence. My motivation increased. I was able to make a study plan for the summer. It was relaxing. It was easy for me to talk one- on-one. *Dokkyo University ELSR opened in November 2010 as a part of the initiative “Promoting EGAP Education Contributing to the Development of the Competences Expected of College Graduates” EGAP , funded by MEXT as Program for Promoting University Education and Student Support Theme A: Program for Promoting University Education Reform A (2009-2011). Reservation Pre-advising Self-reflection Advising Session Post-advising Self-reflection Advisor Sharing Teaching Materials Teachers’ Workshop Teachers’ Communication Advising Teachers’ Resource Space • Textbook samples • Resource books on TESOL/Applied Linguistics • Textbook survey results Semester Number Fall 2010 93 Spring 2011 146 Total 239 Advising Sessions Nov. 2010 – Oct. 2011 Number of teachers (actual number) 17 Number of books checked out 44 Type Number Full-time instructors 8 Part-time instructors 42 Total 50 Teachers’ Resource Space Workshops Workshop