Language Centre

Learning independently

We view students as being at the university in order to build and share their knowledge and expertise. To achieve this, students are responsible actors in their studies, independent in their thinking, curious in their exploration and unprejudiced in facing new challenges. They also develop learning skills and interactive skills in order to be able to continue learning, and to communicate and share their expertise with others. It is our job as teachers and tutors to facilitate this journey by offering versatile and challenging learning environments and opportunities, but it is your job as a learner to learn.

If you choose to study independently - outside class, but not necessarily on your own or without a tutor - you will find it easier to direct your studies if you first think about what it means to be an independent language learner.

Your role as an independent LEARNER who is involved in self-directed and life-long learning is to take an active approach in the following:

  • ANALYSING THE WAY THAT YOU LEARN
  • BEING AWARE OF POSSIBLE OBSTACLES
  • REFLECTING UPON YOUR MOTIVATION AND ATTITUDES
  • SURVEYING YOUR LEARNING NEEDS
  • GETTING INVOLVED IN SELECTING CONTENT AND MATERIALS
  • ASSESSING THE EFFORT YOU’RE WILLING TO MAKE
  • TAKING RESPONSIBILITY, BEING ACTIVE AND USING INTERACTIVE TEAMS
  • MONITORING PROGRESS, REDIRECTING YOUR LEARNING

Try to make it a habit to return to this list every now and then during your language learning career and use the tools available in the Independent Learner's Section in Kielikompassi to guide and assess your studies.

Contacts

kompassi

Street address:
Seminaarinmäki Campus,
Oppio building

Office hours: Mon-Fri 8-16

E-mail: lcinfo@ulc.jyu.fi

Postal address:
University Language Centre
P.O.Box 35
40014 University of Jyväskylä

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