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Controlling Learning: Learners’ Voices and Relationships between Motivation and Learner Autonomy

Terry Lamb

in Maintaining Control

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099234
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207165 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099234.003.0005
Controlling Learning: Learners’ Voices and Relationships between Motivation and Learner Autonomy

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This chapter's rationale is closely linked to the context of foreign language learning in English secondary schools, a context in which motivation to learn languages is recognised as being in need of development. It suggests that teachers' attempts to increase control may be counterproductive and might lead to higher levels of disaffection. Drawing on research into learners' constructions of language learning, the chapter explores why there is an urgent need for teachers to consider the links between learner autonomy and motivation theory in order to find ways of transferring control to the learners. It looks at issues of control which emerged in the focus group conversations and which are specifically related to motivational beliefs.

Keywords: language learning; learning autonomy; motivation; foreign language; class control

Chapter.  7531 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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