This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores the discourses and applications of autonomy and independence for language learning and examines where the concepts have come from and where they are going. It shows that there are different versions of autonomy and independence and different ways of implementing them, and that each way leads into fields of debate where widely accepted assumptions about language teaching and language learning are open to question. Although autonomy and independence have deep historical roots in both western and eastern philosophies, it is primarily in their western form that we know of them in language education. The promotion of autonomy in language learning has links to developments elsewhere in the field of education and has been sustained and nourished by innovative work in the field of self-directed learning and self-access.
|Title of host publication||Autonomy and independence in language learning|
|Editors||Phil Benson, Peter Voller|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Number of pages||12|
|ISBN (Print)||9781138152410, 9780582289925|
|Publication status||Published - 1997|
|Name||Applied linguistics and language study|
Bibliographical noteFirst Published 1997 by Longman; eBook Published: 6 June 2014 by Taylor and Francis; hardback published 2016 by Routledge
Benson, P., & Voller, P. (1997). Introduction: autonomy and independence in language learning. In P. Benson, & P. Voller (Eds.), Autonomy and independence in language learning (pp. 1-12). (Applied linguistics and language study). New York: Longman.