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A System Approach to Self-Regulated Learning

By Linh Phung

On November 30, 2023, I had an engaging presentation at the Online Conference for Benelux and Swiss Secondary Teachers hosted by Oxford University Press ELT on self-regulated learning.


I presented a systematic approach developed by Hayo Reinders from the position paper authored by Reinders with contribution from Nathan Thomas, Stephen Ryan, and myself, using examples from my practice and experience.


The systematic approach involves motivating oneself/learners for SRL, identifying needs, setting goals, making plans, effectively managing learning tasks, and self-assessment. I shared ideas for each aspect and highlighted the following points.


🍀The more activities that support self-regulated learning teachers incorporate, the more likely learners will grow in their ability in this area.

🍀 Motivation is about finding the why for lifelong learning and the why for each activity. When learners focus on something interesting they can learn from an activity, they will be more motivated. I shared a video about this from our Dr. Dr. Power Learning channel.


🍀 While motivation gives an impetus for SRL, it's up and down, so habits have an enormous power to sustain actions. I shared some tips in developing new habits in a video from Dr Dr Power Learning.


🍀 Setting goals and making plans are important, but goals and plans have to be specific. Some techniques and activities in this area include using SMART goals, vision board, and the WOOP technique.


🍀 Plans for learning have to be specific in terms of when, where, with whom to be effective.


🍀Monitoring and self-assessment are key, so consistent use of checklists, forms, exit tickets, and reflection questions will help learners to grow in their SRL.


🍀Teachers can contribute to institutional integration of SRL by sharing their practices. They may also create more SRL materials.


Thanks to my recent learning efforts and experience, I was able to integrate some insights from psychology, project management, social-emotional learning, and trauma-sensitive teaching into this presentation.


Some resources mentioned.


🎯Dr Dr Power Learning on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drdrpowerlearning/

🎯Dr Dr Power Learning on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drdrpowerlearning/

🎯Dr Dr Power Learning on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@dr.dr.powerlearning

🎯 Blog post by Stephen Ryan:

🎯 Places to find questionnaires about emotions in language learning:


🎯Video 1: Upstairs Brain Downstairs Brain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk1Nt-xnSGI

🎯Video 2: The Upstairs and Downstairs Brain with Dr. Tina Payne Bryson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hgw_BQ442HU

🎯Book: The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind


🎯Blog post by Hayo Reinders:

🎯Blog post by Linh Phung



About the author: Dr. Linh Phung is a dedicated international educator, innovator, and leader with a proven track record of directing successful educational programs, fostering academic excellence, and driving innovation in language learning. With Eduling, she leads a cross-functional team of IT developers, content developers, and designers in the development of Eduling Speak, an app that connects learners to talk in pairs based on 1000+ communicative tasks and games. She's also a published author with several children books and language learning books, an expert in language education with publications in high impact journals, and a leader, who is committed to enhancing educational experiences and outcomes. She currently serves as an English Language Specialist with the U.S. Department of State.

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