Promotion of Learner Autonomy in a Freshmen’s English Course at a Colombian University

  • Alexander Ramírez Universidad del Valle
Keywords: Independent learning, learner autonomy, learning strategies, self-access centers, autonomous behaviors


This paper presents the results of an Action-Research cycle conducted at Universidad del Valle, which aimed at fostering learner autonomy in freshmen from a foreign languages program, within an English course. The study established the freshmen’s entrance profile regarding learner autonomy, and implemented a course based on the development of autonomous behaviors. Finally, an exit profile was established to measure the impact of the intervention. The results show significant progress in the development of some behaviors and suggest that this type of initiatives need to be planned in a long-term basis.


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Author Biography

Alexander Ramírez, Universidad del Valle

Alexander Ramírez Espinosa holds a Bachelor in Foreign Languages and a Master’s degree in Linguistics, both degrees from Universidad del Valle (Colombia). Currently, he works at the School of Language Sciences, Universidad del Valle, as an English and Linguistics professor for the Foreign Languages Teaching Program, the Master Program in Crosslinguistic and Intercultural Studies, and the Technology Program in Interpretation for the Deaf and the Deaf-Blind.

How to Cite
Ramírez, A. (2018). Promotion of Learner Autonomy in a Freshmen’s English Course at a Colombian University. GIST – Education and Learning Research Journal, (15), 6-28.
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