KOTESOL 2019 National Conference

Stephen Patrick Hoag

Chungbuk National University, Cheongju

Research • Room 203 • 10:00

Stephen Patrick Hoag(Chungbuk National University, Cheongju)

Talk / Exploring Learning Autonomy and Motivation in South Korean Students

Learner motivation / creativity

This presentation illustrates an exploratory approach to motivate students to improve their spoken English in a South Korean regional university setting. After negotiating an observed extracurricular English program which offered limited but facilitative grade points for participation, students gained autonomous learning opportunities to practice their spoken English over a semester. A survey consisting of items related to anxiety towards English, motivation towards learning English, and actual participation in the trial program was administered to participating students. This presentation will explore those results, as well as discover some positive ways to improve student autonomy and motivation towards learning English outside of the university classroom.

About Stephen

Stephen Hoag has been teaching in South Korea for 12 years. Before that, he was an English lecturer for an intensive English program for international students at University of Manitoba, Canada, and spent a great deal of time mentoring (via EAP framework) visiting professors from around the world. He finished his TESOL practicum teaching students through Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), and has been recently involved in curriculum development. He has earned degrees in History and English through the University of Manitoba, Canada, and most recently his TESOL MA through the University of Birmingham, England.