Helping Refugees in Norway to Finish Lower Secondary School – Self-Regulation, Motivation and Mastering of English in Adult Learning (72398)

Session Information: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Session Chair: Tone Marie Galteland

Friday, 22 September 2023 16:50
Session: Session 4
Room: Sant Sebastia
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

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Immigrants and refugees who aspire to live and work in Norway must often finish the equivalent of 10 years of primary and secondary school in one or two years of intensive studies. In the case of the English subject, students' levels vary enormously, from complete beginners to fluent users. To help students find motivation and self-regulate their own learning in class, a five-step method has been applied, where the students identified 1) What is important when learning English? 2) What do I master already? 3) What is challenging for me? 4) What should I focus on? and 5) How can I work with this? This case study presents findings from a class of immigrants (n=8) who worked with these five questions to self-regulate and define their own needs in the English subject. By building their own metaphorical staircase based on the answers to these five questions, the students made plans concerning what to work with and how and followed up on this for periods of one to two weeks. When evaluating, the students reported satisfaction with being able to choose activities, with feeling in control, and with seeing their own limitations. One student commented that "I get to practise everything I need (read, listen, write, speak)" and another wrote "I can see my goal. It's my own decision how much time I need to get there". The data shows that with this five-step method, all students can work at their own pace, allowing for individual adaptation, self-regulation and motivation.

Arild Høie Henriksen, University of Agder, Norway
Tone Marie Galteland, Birkenes Learning Centre, Norway
Mariette Aanensen, University of Agder, Norway
May Olaug Horverak, University of Agder, Norway

About the Presenter(s)
Dr May Olaug Horverak is a School Administrator at Birkenes municipality in Norway

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00