Tag Archives: Learner Autonomy

Teaching Cameroon Languages and Cultures via a Computer-Assisted Language Learning (Call)–Based Perspective for Learner Autonomy: Insights from Cultural Historical Activity Theory (Published)

With the trend of technological evolution, language teaching methodologies have evolved to fully accommodate ICTs as integral mediation tools in language teaching/learning. This paper bridges the gap between existing studies, by placing particular emphasis on learner autonomy and learning environments especially as regards the poor appropriation of our local languages and cultures within the school milieu. Thus, we propose and show that in a context of learning local languages by secondary school students in Cameroon, an adapted approach wherein the language teaching/learning methodology is implemented with a learner management system which takes into consideration localization aspects and the beneficiary population, learner autonomy can be attained when viewed through the prism of cultural historical activity theory.

Keywords: Activity theory, Language Teaching, Learner Autonomy, Localization, National languages and cultures


It is generally believed among educationists that learning obtained by self through activity-oriented teaching-learning strategy is quite effective and retentive. Hence this paper calls for promotion of learner autonomy in teaching-learning process among students in tertiary institutions. The strategies for creating learner autonomy elucidated in this paper include: giving students learning materials with instructional objectives prior to teaching; peer teaching; cooperative and competitive learning; teacher, taking a complete facilitator’s role; involving students in making choices about learning process; giving individual and group projects to students; and use of self-assessment procedure.

Keywords: Kstudents, Learner Autonomy, Teaching-Learning Process, Tertiary Institution