Teaching and Researching: Autonomy in Language Learning (Applied Linguistics in Action 2nd Revised edition)

Teaching and Researching: Autonomy in Language Learning (Applied Linguistics in Action 2nd Revised edition)

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Autonomy has become a keyword of language policy in education systems around the world, as the importance of independent learning and new technologies has grown. Now in a fully revised and updated second edition, Teaching and Researching Autonomy provides an accessible and comprehensive critical account of the theory and practice of autonomy. Examining the history of the concept, it addresses important questions of how we can identify autonomy in language learning behaviours and how we can evaluate the wide variety of educational practices that have been designed to foster autonomy in learning. Topics new to this edition include: - Autonomy and new technologies - Teacher autonomy - The sociocultural implications of autonomy With over three hundred new references and five new case studies of research on autonomy providing practical advice on research methods and topics in the field, Teaching and Researching Autonomy will be an essential introduction for teachers and students to a subject at the cutting edge of language teaching and research.

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Phil Benson is a Professor in the Department of English at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. He has published widely on autonomy and narrative research and is now pursuing interests in second language identities and popular culture and education.


General Editors' Preface Author's Acknowledgements Introduction Section I: What is autonomy 1 The history of autonomy in language learning 1.1 Origins of the concept 1.2 Autonomy and self-access 1.3 Autonomy and learner training 1.4 Autonomy and individualisation 1.5 Autonomy and interdependence 1.6 Why autonomy? Why now? 1.7 The two faces of autonomy 2 Autonomy beyond the field of language education 2.1 Educational reform 2.2 Adult education 2.3 The psychology of learning 2.4 The philosophy of personal autonomy 2.5 Autonomy in language learning and its sources 3 Defining and describing autonomy 3.1 Dimensions of autonomy 3.2 Versions of autonomy 3.3 Measuring autonomy 3.4 Autonomy and culture 4 Control as a natural attribute of learning 4.1 Self-management in learning 4.2 Learner agendas in the classroom 4.3 Control of psychological factors influencing learning 4.4 The seeds of autonomy 5 Dimensions of control 5.1 Control over learning management 5.2 Control over cognitive processing 5.3 Control over learning content 5.4 Describing the autonomous learner 6 Conclusion Section II: Autonomy in practice 7 Fostering autonomy 8 Resource-based approaches 8.1 Self-access 8.2 Tandem learning 8.3 Distance learning 8.4 Self-instruction 8.5 Out-of-class learning 8.6 The effectiveness of resource-based learning 9 Technology-based approaches 9.1 Computer-assisted language learning 9.2 The Internet 9.3 The effectiveness of technology-based approaches 10 Learner-based approaches 10.1 Learner development and language learning 10.2 Learner development and autonomy 10.3 The effectiveness of learner-based approaches 11 Classroom-based approaches 11.1 Planning classroom learning 11.2 Evaluating classroom learning 11.3 The nature of control in the classroom 11.4 The effectiveness of classroom-based approaches 12 Curriculum-based approaches 12.1 The process syllabus 12.2 Examples of curriculum-based approaches 12.3 The effectiveness of curriculum-based approaches 13 Teacher-based approaches 13.1 Teacher roles 13.2 Teacher autonomy 13.3 Language advising 13.4 Teacher education 13.5 The effectiveness of teacher-based approaches 14 Conclusion Section III: Researching Autonomy 15 Research methods and key areas of research 15.1 Teachers' research 15.2 Key areas of research 16 Case studies 16.1 Case study 1. Out-of-class learning 16.2 Case study 2. Self-organised language learning 16.3 Case study 3. The discourse of language advising 16.4 Case study 4. Self-directed learning in the classroom 16.5 Case study 5. Language acquisition in autonomous classrooms 16.6 Case study 6. What do good independent learners do? 17 Conclusion Section IV: Resources 18 Resources for research and practice 18.1 Books, journals and newsletters 18.2 Conferences and workshops 18.3 Professional associations 18.4 E-mail lists 18.5 Web sites 18.6 Bibliographies 18.7 Self-access centres References Index

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  • publication date: 11/02/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781408205013
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9781408205013
  • weight: 453
  • ISBN10: 1408205017
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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