Learner autonomy, the European Language Portfolio and teacher development

David Little

in Maintaining Control

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099234
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207165 | DOI:
Learner autonomy, the European Language Portfolio and teacher development

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This chapter discusses learner autonomy and the contribution that the European Language Portfolio (ELP) can make to learner and teacher development in language learning contexts where learner autonomy is a central goal. The first part of the chapter explores the concept of autonomy as a basic human need, a general educational goal, and a determinant of language teaching programmes. The second part describes the ELP, first as a generic concept and then in the version developed by the EU-funded Milestone Project. The third part reports on the use of the Milestone ELP with adult learners of English as a second language in Ireland. A brief conclusion draws together the threads of the argument and identifies goals for future research and development.

Keywords: teacher development; ELP; autonomy; Milestone Project; English learners; Ireland

Chapter.  7043 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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