Communicating with Awareness: Towards Learner Autonomy with Jirina Karasova

Our learners can only become autonomous when we provide opportunities for them to take responsibility for their actions. We shape students’ feelings, self-concept, responsibility, and autonomy through what we say and how we say it when we respond to their behavior. Using sample situations, Jirina points to the negative impact our communication can have on student well-being and autonomy and guides you through effective communication strategies to use in your classroom.

Jirina Karasova is a doctoral student in the Czech Republic and an English teacher. Her professional interest is in effective communication used in the classroom and in pre-service and novice teacher support and development. She is currently finishing a one-year coaching training and enjoys implementing the ideas of pedagogy and coaching together.

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