A11. Self-directed language learning and transfer to own teaching practice


The concepts of self-directed learning and learner autonomy have received much attention in recent decades. The fast technological and social changes of today’s world require a high degree of adaptability in many areas of life and work, which means that individuals are increasingly engaging in lifelong learning and that a lot of this learning takes place autonomously.

There is also an increasing awareness that each person learns through personalised pathways, based on relationships with the specific environment with which he or she interacts. This trend has also led to a growing interest in the notion of Personal Learning Environments (PLE) that learners configure in accordance with their interests and needs. In this context, students are agents who not only choose but also create their own learning scenarios, e.g. by searching for informal sources of practice.

The aim of this module is to allow participants to reflect on their teaching practices by taking on the role of learners. By implementing their own self-directed language learning project and then exchanging on this experience with the trainer and their peers, participants will develop strategies in order to better foster and leverage the autonomous learning skills of their own students in their teaching.

Approach: theoretical framing and input at the beginning of the module; peer interactions and discussions in groups and pairs; implementation of individual self-directed language learning projects (this project can be carried out for all levels – A1 to C2 – of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)


  • Learning Outcomes
    • Plan and implement a self-directed language learning project
    • Reflect on the learning process
    • Transfer the process and tools to your own teaching context: design learning activities that support the development of students' self-directed learning skills in your own subject area
  • Language

    English (participation in German or French welcome). The validation work can be written in English, German, French or Italian.

  • Teacher in charge

    Katia Carraro is head of Self-Access Language Learning Centre at the University of Fribourg. Previously, she worked at the Vienna University of Economics as head of the Language Resource Centre and as a lecturer in Italian in the Department of Foreign Language Business Communication. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Vienna, the Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) Did@cTIC from the University of Fribourg, an MA in Translation Studies from the University of Trieste and a Master of Arts in Applied Languages and New Technologies from the University of Hull (UK). Her research and teaching activities focus on supporting self-directed language learning in a university context and include informal learning, individual differences and computer-assisted language learning.

  • Dates and place

    Tuesday, April 4th, 2023, 9.00-12.30, in presence
    Tuesday, May 16th, 2023, 13.30-16.30, in presence

    University of Fribourg, building MIS04 (Av. de l'Europe 20)

    Attendance in person in Fribourg is mandatory. It is not possible to participate remotely and the sessions will not be recorded.

  • Validation

    Module with 1 ECTS

    Validation work: portfolio consisting of a logbook, a final report and a dossier illustrating key activities, including transfer to one's own teaching context

  • Registration fees

    CHF 250.- (free of charge for teachers of the University of Fribourg)