The emergence of lifelong learning strategies through an action research study in second language learning
Keywords:Motivation, participatory action research, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), English Language Teaching (ELT), Self-determination Theory (SDT), lifelong learning
The purpose of this paper is to explore the emergence of lifelong learning strategies during an action research study investigating the impact of using popular cultural resources on the learning motivation of English as foreign language undergraduate students in higher education. The study was undertaken with 30 students enrolled in General Advanced English courses over a 13-week period. Throughout the action research phases, students were given multiple opportunities to work with resources aligned to their own interests as learning prompts to reinforce course learning objectives. Weekly diary entries, online surveys, focus groups and practitioner field notes were used as data sources. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic which necessitated a rapid transferal of all courses to an online mode, the study was modified and undertaken within an online teaching environment. The results indicate that using popular cultural resources such as popular song, TV series and film as learning prompts positively impacted student learning motivation in addition to facilitating the emergence of lifelong learning strategies.
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