Making sense of autonomy in language learning

Phil Benson

in Maintaining Control

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099234
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207165 | DOI:
Making sense of autonomy in language learning

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This chapter reviews the academic strategies that have been used to define the meaning of learner autonomy, and indirectly draws attention to the way learner autonomy has come to be viewed as a topic for academic debate, research, and publication over the last decade or so. It aims to revisit the issue of what people understand by autonomy from the perspective of the difficulty that they seem to experience in agreeing upon a single definition of the term. The discussion deals with two problems: the problem of defining autonomy in language learning and the problem of accounting for the current interest in this concept within the field.

Keywords: language educators; language learning; term definition; learner autonomy

Chapter.  5426 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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