Supporting self-regulated language learning skills online: awareness raising approaches for computer-supported collaboration

Ward Peeters, Jo Mynard

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Abstract

To assist second language learners in becoming effective, aware, and reflective participants in higher education, support can be provided by integrating structured awareness raising approaches in the language curriculum. Drawing on self-regulation principles, such a structured awareness raising curriculum is most notably sustained by reflective one-to-one dialogue, also known as advising in language learning (ALL). While previous studies have shown that students who received this kind of support in face-to-face settings were able to successfully develop effective learning strategies, little research has demonstrated to what extent students can develop these strategies, supported by ALL, when learning online. This study shows how four groups of second language majors (n = 252) demonstrate knowledge and control of learning and learning strategies when discussing their planning and progress with peers online. This study draws on Google Classroom data (posts and comments: n = 957) collected over two semesters. Using digital conversation analysis and social network analysis, students were found to demonstrate (1) awareness of approaches to learning, (2) awareness of facilities, roles, and resources, and (3) awareness of self when collaborating with peers. This study shows how ALL can support students in effectively applying different learning strategies when engaged in computer-supported collaborative work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-152
Number of pages21
JournalLanguage Awareness
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • computer-supported collaborative learning
  • Language learning strategies
  • learning advising
  • peer interaction
  • self-regulated learning
  • social network analysis

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