Autonomy in language teaching and learning: how to do it ‘here’

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Global interest in autonomy in language learning is growing year by year. At the same time, many teachers believe that autonomy may work 'elsewhere', but that it will never work 'here' – the place where they live and work. In this presentation, I will argue that there is, in fact, no ideal 'elsewhere' for autonomy. After revisiting the meanings of learner autonomy and teacher autonomy – and what might be considered as universal within them – I will argue that fostering autonomy is essentially a matter of critical engagement with situated constraints on learner control over learning. I will conclude by suggesting a number of strategies that teachers can use to work within and around these constraints.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSelected papers from the twenty-first international symposium on English teaching
EditorsYiu-nam Leung, Wei-the Lee, Shu-yi Hwang, Ya-ling Chang
Place of PublicationRepublic of China
PublisherEnglish Teachers’ Association— Republic of China
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational symposium on English teaching (21st : 2012) - Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 9 Nov 201211 Nov 2012


ConferenceInternational symposium on English teaching (21st : 2012)
CityTaipei, Taiwan


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