DCJDR_AZZ Learner Centered Approach in Foreign Language Teaching

Faculty of Education
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
doc. Mgr. Světlana Hanušová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Věra Janíková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Věra Janíková, Ph.D.
Department of German Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Mgr. Jana Chocholatá, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of German Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course objective is to provide a deeper insight into the problematic nature of learner-centred approach in foreign language teaching.
Learning outcomes
The student is able to understand individual differences in language learners and their accommodation in foreign language teaching.
  • This course makes part of the optional courses of the didactic section (subsection Topical chapters on didactics of foreign languages); it is offered especially to students whose dissertation is related to this topic. The course objective is to provide a deeper insight into the problematic nature of learner-centred approach in foreign language teaching. This field has been dealt with in theory, however, there is a lack of research studies which would connect theoretical knowledge with teaching/school practice, or which would look into the process of foreign language learning and teaching in school environment. Therefore attention will be paid to possibilities of research in the given filed in school practice. Topics to cover: • Individual differences of a pupil (motivation, age, intelligence, language aptitude, learning styles and strategies, self-conception, attribution, pupil´s beliefs). • Autonomy of the pupil and its development. • Principles of individualisation and differenciation in foreign language teaching and their research.
    recommended literature
  • Riding, R. J., Rayner, S. Personal Style and Effective Teaching. Birmingham: Learning and Training Technology, 1995.
  • Benson, P., Voller, P. Autonomy and Independence in Language Learning. London: Longman, 1997.
  • Tudor, I. Learner-centredness as Language Education. Cambridge. CUP, 1996.
  • Dörnyei, Z., Skehan, P. Individual Differences in Second Language Learning. In The Handbook of Second Language Acquisition. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2003.
  • JANÍKOVÁ, Věra. Autonomní učení a lexikální strategie při osvojování cizích jazyků : teoretická východiska, doporučení pro praxi, styly a strategie učení, lexikální strategie v teorii a výzkumu. 1. vydání. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2007. 210 stran. ISBN 9788021044333. info
  • Language learner strategies: thirty years of research and practice. Edited by Andrew D. Cohen - Ernesto Macaro. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. viii, 336. ISBN 9780194422543. info
  • VLČKOVÁ, Kateřina. Strategie učení cizímu jazyku : výsledky výzkumu používání strategií a jejich efektivity na gymnáziích. Brno: Paido, 2007. 217 s. ISBN 9788073151553. info
  • Fremdsprachenerwerb, Fremdsprachendidaktik. Edited by Jörg Roche. Tübingen: A. Francke, 2005. 282 s. ISBN 3825226913. info
  • NEUNER-ANFINDSEN, Stefanie. Fremdsprachenlernen und Lernerautonomie : Sprachlernbewusstsein, Lernprozessorganisation und Lernstrategien zum Wortschatzlernen in Deutsch als Fremdsprache. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag Hohengehren, 2005. 436 s. ISBN 3896769723. info
  • LOJOVÁ, Gabriela. Individuálne osobitosti pri učení sa cudzích jazykov. Bratislava: Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave, 2005. 197 s. ISBN 8022320692. info
  • HEACOX, Diane. Differentiating instruction in the regular classroom : how to reach and teach all learners, grades 3-12. Minneapolis: Free Spirit, 2002. x, 163. ISBN 1575421054. info
  • MAREŠ, Jiří. Styly učení žáků a studentů. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 1998. 239 s. ISBN 80-7178-246-7. info
  • RIEMER, Claudia. Individuelle Unterschiede im Fremdsprachenerwerb : eine Longitudinalstudie über die Wechselwirksamkeit ausgewählter Einflußfaktoren. Baltmannsweiler: Schneider Verlag Hohengehren, 1997. 321 s. ISBN 3871168785. info
  • YULE, George and Elaine TARONE. Focus on the language learner : approaches to identifying and meeting the needs of second language learners. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989. v, 206. ISBN 0194370615. info
Teaching methods
lecture, class discussion
Assessment methods
Credit requirements: studnets critically evaluate at least two foreign studies related to learner-centred language teaching. Debate.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every other week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2020.
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