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Simulation & Gaming:
An Interdisciplinary Journal



Sciences de la Communication
L3 -
Autonomy in Comm in EN

 D a v i d  C r o o k a l l, PhD, Editor,
S&G: An Interdisciplinary Journal


Autonomy:  Course requirements

Timetables: acl3_horaire.htm

Projects, portfolios:  Your project in autonomous learning will result in a portfolio.

GroupsYou must work in groups of 3 or 4 people (not 1 or 2 or 5, etc).  Make sure that you are in a group; do not ask me if you can be an exception.

Ideas for projects:

In the introductory class, I gave you several ideas for projects.  Below is a list of ideas.  You should generate and use your own ideas to find a project that you like.  Your project is limited only by your imagination.

  • Internship
  • Travel diary
  • Guide (such as; for foreign students on how to survive at the university or on what to visit)
  • Documentary (maybe uploaded to youtube, …)
  • Web site creation
  • Analysis of translations
  • Travel guide (special interest, such as small islands round Britain)
  • Research project
    • Theme
    • Survey (web)
  • Traditional (grammar) exercises
  • Reading portfolio
  • Scrap book
  • Internship abroad
  • Survey of open source educational programmes
  • Partnership in a language learning tandem programme
  • Article (in magazine)
  • Survey of on-line resources
  • Readers (reading programme)
  • Youtube film survey
  • Blog
  • Brochures / guide books (for tourists or festival attendees)
  • Review of online computer programs for students
  • Etc

Links.  You can download the file with my notes that I made for the 'cours magistral' here.  It contains clickable links to web sites that will be useful to you, especially web sites for learning English autonomously, for project ideas and development, etc.

The general sequence of events is as follows:

  1. Group formation, brainstorming a project.

  2. Draft a project proposal  Before you do your project, you need to write a short proposal and get it approved.

  3. Get your project proposal approved, in a proposal approval session. Your project needs to have been approved at a project approval session.  You need to get your project approved before your internship starts in February

  4. Develop your project; finalize your project. Your project, in many cases, will be some kind of web-based or web-viewable object (blog, site, service, etc.). 

  5. Draft your course portfolio. Your portfolio is an account of your work on your project.

  6. Get your draft portfolio checked - in a draft portfolio checking session in May.  You need to attend a portfolio checking session before you email your final portfolio.

  7. Finalize and email your final portfolio.

Grade.  The grade will be based on on your portfolio

Attendance:  You must attend classes as follows:

Four (4) contact sessions, as follows:

  1. Initial 'cours obligatoire' (cours magistral, mostly amphi).
  2. Project proposal.  You must come, as a full group (3 or 4 people), to one of the walk-in sessions with a project proposal.  Details of the proposal are given below.  This session is personal and relatively short for you.  Bring your pink log sheet.

    Note that your portfolio (to be handed in in May, see session N° 4 below)) will only be valid if you have shown your proposal as indicated here.  No proposal, no portfolio, no grade.
  3. Progress session.  At least one person in your group must come to a walk-in session.  This may be to ask for advice, to check on progress, to outline progress, to show draft portfolio.  You may come to more than one progress session, but at least one is obligatory.  This session is personal and relatively short for you.  Bring your pink log sheet.
  4. Final session.  Here you will hand in your final portfolio.  This will happen in May.  All members of your group must attend.

If you did not attend the sessions as indicated, you will have to do extra work in your portfolio.  Also, in your portfolio (later), you will have to provide an explanation of why you did not attend sessions as required.

Times of sessions you can attend are indicated here.

Details of how to contruct your proposal are on the proposal page.

Please use your head, your initiative, your common sense.

Please do not send me emails for things that you can find on the web.

* If you decide to do a reading programme with simplified readers, you do not need to put the books in the portfolio, but a short synopsis and/or appreciation of each book would be good, or completed exercises (often found at the end of the readers).  Also a brief account of how you worked and shared with your group friends, such as discussions.

Later, I will add a web page to tell you how to do your portfolio.

Timetables: acl3_horaire.htm

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