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Languages 2017, 2(3), 16; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages2030016

Achieving Independent Language Learning through the Mobilization of Ubiquitous Instructional Technology Resources

Language Centre, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol 1678, Cyprus
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Academic Editors: Sonia Rocca and Bryan Smith
Received: 1 March 2017 / Revised: 4 August 2017 / Accepted: 7 August 2017 / Published: 28 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue MOBILizing Language Learning in the 21st Century)
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In programs meant for foreign language majors, there is typically a broad range of linguistic competence in advanced-level Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) courses. Troublesome in any course, this is especially so when instruction directly relates to professional training, where students need to attain a level of competence that will allow them to subsequently function as fully independent language learners. Considering the normal constraints on in-class instruction, the mobilization of ubiquitous instructional technology resources, coupled with sound curriculum design and metacognitive awareness raising, is critical to providing the amount of time on task required to attain this objective. The case of the English for Specific Academic Purposes course that is the subject of this study provides an example of how the challenge of bringing students up to the level of independent language learners has been approached. It is hoped this may serve as a pedagogical model that can be applied to advanced-level LSP courses in general. View Full-Text
Keywords: ubiquitous instructional technology; cloud-based resources; advanced-level language; Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR); independent language learner ubiquitous instructional technology; cloud-based resources; advanced-level language; Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR); independent language learner
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Burston, J.; Athanasiou, A.; Yiokari-Neophytou, M. Achieving Independent Language Learning through the Mobilization of Ubiquitous Instructional Technology Resources. Languages 2017, 2, 16.

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