Íkala, Revista de Lenguaje y Cultura
Print version ISSN 0123-3432
CABRALES VARGAS, Myriam; CACERES CABRALES, Jaime Andrés and FERIA MARRUGO, Irina. Autonomy in English learning and its relationship with independent works assigned to students. Íkala [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.26, pp. 119-150. ISSN 0123-3432.
Objective: To analyze the influence of learning practices and independent assignments, on the development of the autonomy of the students of the English basic cycle of the Modern Languages program. Methodology: Descriptive and correlational investigation, which by means of quantitative and qualitative interpretation of data relates the variables in the study, to determine its influence on the development of autonomy in students. Results: Though some students (25%) are autonomous, the rest do not reach this characteristic, due to little control exercised on their learning processes and because the tasks that are assigned to them do not help develop autonomy. Conclusions: The strengths found in relation to the motivation of the students, their satisfaction with the program and their interest in ICT, are factors that if promoted, would contribute to the development of autonomy, work that has already begun and is commented on at the end of this article.
Keywords : Autonomy; autonomisation; cognitive processes; meta-cognitive processes; independent work.