Autonomy in language teaching and learning

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There has been a remarkable growth of interest in the theory and practice of autonomy in language teaching and learning in recent years. Focusing on work published since the turn of the 20th century, this review examines major trends in the recent literature on autonomy related to the emergence of alternative views of autonomy, new contexts of practice and interaction with concepts such as self-regulation, motivation, sociocultural theory and teacher development. The review also covers relevant developments in the philosophy of autonomy and the role of autonomy in global educational policy and reform. It concludes by discussing possible directions for future research in the field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-40
Number of pages20
JournalLanguage Teaching
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes

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