Fostering learner autonomy and critical reflection through digital video-journals in a university foreign language course

Villamizar Maldonado, A and Mejia, G 2019, 'Fostering learner autonomy and critical reflection through digital video-journals in a university foreign language course', Reflective Practice, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 187-200.


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Title Fostering learner autonomy and critical reflection through digital video-journals in a university foreign language course
Author(s) Villamizar Maldonado, A
Mejia, G
Year 2019
Journal name Reflective Practice
Volume number 20
Issue number 2
Start page 187
End page 200
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Abstract Many studies have documented the benefits of incorporating reflective journals into foreign language education at university level, though the pedagogic tendency has been to utilise these valuable learning resources to enhance students written language skills. This study focuses on how the production of a digital reflective journal in video format can assist in the improvement of oral language abilities in tertiary students of Spanish as a foreign language. With spoken language as the driving vehicle for this assessment task, the course coordinator and educator in charge aimed to promote the development of learner autonomy and self-reflection. In addition, to foster students agency in this process, the task incorporated the use of modern digital technologies, which are part of the repertoire of communication channels used by todays university language learners. Findings suggest that completing this self-reflection assessment task afforded creative teaching and learning experiences, and generated opportunities for learners to improve critical thinking skills, written language proficiency and oral communication. It also heightened their motivation to engage with language-related cultural knowledge, and minimised feelings of anxiety towards communicating verbally in a foreign language.
Subject Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Education not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) critical reflection
Digital video-journal
foreign language learning
learner autonomy
Spanish language
DOI - identifier 10.1080/14623943.2019.1575195
Copyright notice © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
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