Becoming a Learning Advisor: “Moving Beyond” Teaching.

Güven Yalçın G. , Atcan Altan N.

Self-Directed Learning and Advising in Language Education Conference, Ankara, Turkey, 24 April 2021, pp.19

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Ankara
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.19


Advising policies and practices aim to foster learner autonomy, focusing on the individual learning process, of not only learners but also teachers and learning advisors. In the specific context of Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University School of Foreign Languages (AYBU-SFL), language instructors were offered a transformative learning experience called Advisor Education Program (AEP), building on the expertise and resources gained via the Advising in Language Learning (ALL) training received from Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS) in Japan. Of the four modules, Getting Started, Going Deeper and Becoming Aware were completed by the trainees. Their skillbased training required gaining a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of ALL along with actively running advising sessions with students. As such, trainees were provided with the opportunity to achieve content attainment and content application simultaneously, weaving theory with practice on their path to becoming a learning advisor. This talk will present the findings from the open-ended, self-report questionnaires administered prior to and at the end of each module to collect trainee reflections on the AEP content and efficiency, and the implications for future implementations will be discussed. One of the trainees will also share her reflections on her experience of moving beyond “teaching” in the classroom and shifting role from a teacher to a learning advisor.