Conference on Teaching English as a Foreign Language
"Questioning What's Best to Work: Implementing Pedagogic Innovation for Creating Learner Autonomy in TEFL"
16-17 May, 2015
Questioning What’s Best to Work:
Implementing Pedagogic Innovation for Creating Autonomy in TEFL
Indonesian government is fast approaching some global targets few years later, which certainly will also require educators to work much harder. The idea of ‘not everything can be taught in classes, nonetheless, defines the utmost essence of teaching as ‘teaching students how to be teachers for themselves’. English teachers have got two reasonable grounds to promote autonomous learning. Firstly, language is too complex and varied for edifying students’ skills within a constrained time. Secondly, most students spend greater hours in a day outside the schools. Hence, to compensate for the limits of classroom time and to counter students’ passivity during the teaching-learning process, it becomes crucial for teachers to implement pedagogic innovation to facilitate students finding their own learning strategies.
The most invigorating contentment we feel as teachers is when our students never stop learning in and outside the classrooms without coercion. How nice it is to spot students utilize sophisticated technologies and not to mention the rapid dissemination of information to expand their knowledge. Teachers, thus, should facilitate student learning that embodies the diversity of intelligence for them to know their strengths, to be lifelong learners, and to fruitfully meet the global challenges that lie ahead.
For English educators, scholars, curriculum and material developers, as well as policymakers have a shared problem to solve and complex issues to ponder, COTEFL 7th (Conference on Teaching English as a Foreign Language) will draw together these parties to share ideas and to work out some effective ways of teaching students to be autonomous learners.