Jahanara Begum(1*),

(1) Southeast University
(*) Corresponding Author

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26858/ijole.v1i1.6397


In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of language teaching being more and more communication oriented. The traditional classroom teaching is facing a big challenge and is gradually being replaced by learner-centered approaches putting learner as individual into the core of learning process. This means learner autonomy gets to be enhanced to meet the need of the new teaching mode. While a great deal of researches have been done on the concept and development of learner autonomy , limited studies have investigated the ways and means of classroom practices of teachers in fostering learner autonomy in tertiary level EFL/ESL classrooms in Bangladesh. This paper examines what teachers think about learner autonomy as well as the strategies they use to develop learners autonomy in a university setting using a qualitative approach. The findings revealed that although university teachers are acquainted with what learner autonomy means, there are some challenges of developing learner autonomy in the classroom due to a number of lacking, such as teacher’s preparation, students’ reluctant attitude, suitability for different disciplined students and class timing.


Keywords: EFL (English as foreign language), ESL (English as second language),L2 classroom, learner-centered approach, learner autonomy, achievement, proficiency, learning strategies

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