Learner autonomy and digital practices

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This chapter calls for new interest in exploring learner autonomy and digital practices. With the wider availability and acceptability of digital media in our daily lives, we are also seeing new affordances for informal language learning. How do learners appropriate digital tools and spaces for language learning? What does learner autonomy contribute to language learning in the digital era? What are the impacts on researching learner autonomy in digital environments? In this chapter, I use a theoretical model of language learning beyond the classroom to evaluate affordances and constraints of learning. Based on auto/ethnographic data, this chapter suggests future research agendas in digital practices and autonomous language learning beyond the classroom.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAutonomy in language learning and teaching
Subtitle of host publicationnew research agenda
EditorsAlice Chik, Richard Smith, Naoko Aoki
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781137529985
ISBN (Print)9781137529978
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Learner autonomy
  • Out-of-class language learning
  • Location
  • Trajectory
  • Locus of control
  • Formality
  • Pedagogy
  • Computer-assisted language learning
  • Digital practices

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    Chik, A. (2018). Learner autonomy and digital practices. In A. Chik, R. Smith, & N. Aoki (Eds.), Autonomy in language learning and teaching: new research agenda (pp. 73-92). London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-52998-5_5