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LEARNING ADVISORY PROGRAM (LAP)
In Learning Advisory Program (LAP), individual and customized learning support is provided to learners through one-to-one sessions. Learners who would like to talk to learning advisors may ask for an appointment or simply visit them if they are available. To ask for an appointment, you may visit the ILC in person, see a learning advisor or send an e-mail to Tarık Uzun via email@example.com.
Needs analyses and background preparations were initiated in 2014-2015 academic year and the program was first launched in 2015-2016 academic year. Based on the findings obtained through academic studies in our local context and current advising practices around the world, tools and materials were designed or adapted to better address learners’ needs and expectations. Learner feedback and advisor observations are carefully analysed to make further changes and adaptations in the program.
What kind of support can you get?
We offer learner support and guidance mainly on the following:
> Learning languages
> Making a learning plan
> Identifying learner-specific problems
> Deciding on the most appropriate learning strategies and techniques for each learner
> Dealing with stress and anxiety
> Ways to increase motivation
> Dealing with complicated situations related to learning
> Language exams and exam strategies
> Recommending learning resources suitable for individual needs
> Education abroad
It is important to keep in mind that the skills and learning strategies mentioned above are not only related with language learning, but they are necessary skills that one needs to gain for lifelong learning as well.
Advising is not…
Learning advisors will be glad to talk to you about your learning needs and experiences to help you become independent learners. Please be informed that learning advisors are not responsible for teaching you grammar, check your homework or read your essays to give you feedback on them. Learning advisors are there to teach you how to learn better.
The General Framework of Advising Sessions at the ILC
“Reflective Dialogue” is the core methodology that we have adopted in LAP sessions, as proposed by Kato and Mynard (2016)*. Below are the 4 steps of advising according to this approach:
In this first step, a student meets a learning advisor for the first time. The student does not have any awareness of how to manage learning and what type of a support is needed. S/he does not know much about who a learning advisor is and what to expect from one. Therefore, this step is marked as the time when a healthy relationship is established between a learning advisor and a student, which also includes determining the learning goals, deciding on the steps to be taken and recording the student’s progress.
In Step 2, the student starts developing awareness in learning and begins to realize the reasons of the problems or difficulties s/he is having. With the help of the advisor, the student starts doing more in-depth analyses on learning and using meta-language to a certain extent.
This step is when the student begins exploring her/his attitudes or repeated behaviours and analysing this whole process more critically. The student experiences an ‘aha’ moment because of her/his changing perspectives. The student develops self-confidence and uses meta-language even more easily. The need for an advisor still exists in this step.
In step 4, the student fully embraces learning and internalise independent learning. The student can easily adapt her/his unique learning styles into the newly-encountered situations and develop alternative strategies. S/he can lead the learning process in a more controlled way and use meta-language more naturally. The goal in this step is to enable the student to do self-advising, develop new ideas about how to learn better, looking back and forth to do self-evaluation and make plans for the future.
* Kato, S. & Mynard, J. (2016). Reflective Dialogue: Advising in language learning. New York: Routledge
Tarık Uzun (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Hatice Karaaslan
Stephanie L. Howard
Müge Akgedik Can