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MA - Developing Learner Autonomy in Language Education

This module offers you a wide-ranging view of the philosophical and theoretical roots of autonomous learning, and its various practical applications in language education.

Upon completion, you will have developed your awareness of principles and practice relating to learner autonomy in language education, and will have applied these principles to your own professional context.

This module carries 30 credits.

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Location: Online


Experience: Degree. language teaching experience


Language Level: B2/C1 or higher


Course dates: Start at any time


Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA awarded by University of Chichester


Course Length: 36 weeks


Course fees: £1210


Minimum age: 18


Max class size: 16


Tutor-led and highly interactive


Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms


Specialist ELT eLibrary


Accredited by AQUEDUTO

Course content


Principles and practice of autonomous learning


Assessment and autonomous learning


The role of feedback in autonomous learning


Investigating learner autonomy


The development of the concept of autonomy in the language classroom;


Areas over which teachers traditionally take control and how learners might be encouraged to take more control: the learning situation, individual learner factors, learning management


Alternative forms of assessment which promote autonomy


How to adapt course materials to promote autonomy


Approaches to investigating autonomy


A portfolio (50%) containing TWO of the following three options:

  1. A detailed learner needs analysis.

  2. A detailed plan to promote learning autonomy in a specified group of learners.

  3. A one-hour workshop outline on developing a specified aspect of learner autonomy.


A 3,000-word assignment (50%) reporting original research into the development of learner autonomy in English language teaching. You have the choice of a status report on the implementation of a learning plan, or a case study on a specified learning context, depending on which portfolio assignments you opt for.

Further Information

Online courses are broken down into individual units and activities, forming a clear structure. Tasks will be interactive, involving voice chat, forums and community walls, and they will utilize a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos. Participants need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. You can do much of the course on a tablet or mobile device, but will need a computer for certain activities.

All participants have access to NILE’s extensive ELT e-library and the NILE digital Tasks are interactive, involving live online sessions, forums and community walls, and utilise a range of multimedia including images, audio files and videos.

All NILE’s courses involve a significant element of English language improvement and/or development of language awareness.

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