1st Edition

Autonomy and Independence in Language Learning

By Phil Benson, Peter Voller Copyright 1997
    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    284 Pages
    by Routledge

    The topics of autonomy and independence play an increasingly important role in language education. They raise issues such as learners' responsibility for their own learning, and their right to determine the direction of their own learning, the skills which can be learned and applied in self-directed learning and capacity for independent learning and the extents to which this can be suppressed by institutional education.

    This volume offers new insights into the principles of autonomy and independence and the practices associated with them focusing on the area of EFL teaching. The editors' introduction provides the context and outlines the main issues involved in autonomy and independence. Later chapters discuss the social and political implications of autonomy and independence and their effects on educational structures. The consequences for the design of learner-centred materials and methods is discussed, together with an exploration of the practical ways of implementing autonomy and independence in language teaching and learning . Each section of the book opens with an introduction to give structure to the development of ideas and themes, with synopses to highlight salient features in the text and help build upon the material of previous chapters.

    Contributors; General Editor's Preface
    1. Introduction: autonomy and independence in language learning, Phil Benson and Peter Voller
    Part I: Philosophy and practice
    2. The philosophy and politics of learner autonomy, Phil Benson
    3. Cultural alternatives and autonomy, Alastair Pennycook
    4. An exploration of the relationship between self-access and independent learning, Susan Sheerin
    5. Teaching and language learning in self-access centres: changing roles?, Gill Sturtridge
    6. Self-access: why do we want t and what can it do?, William Littlewood
    Part II: Roles and relationships
    7. Does the teacher have a role in autonomous leanguage learning?, Peter Voller
    8. The guru and the conjurer: aspects of counselling for self-access, Philip Riley
    9. Shooting arrows at the sun: perspectives on a pedagogy for autonomy, Michael P. Breen and Sarah J. Mann
    10. Confidence building for classroom teachers, Felicity O'Dell
    11. Learner training for autonomous language learning, Edith M. Esch
    Part III: Methods and materials
    12. Self-access work and curriculum ideologies, Andrew Littlejohn
    13. Designing and adapting materials to encourage learner autonomy, David Nunan
    14. Involving learners in developing learning methods: exploiting text corpora in self-access, Guy Aston
    15. Preparing learners for independence: resources beyond the classroom, Stephen M. Ryan
    16. Responding authentically to authentic texts: a problem for self-access language learning?, David Little
    17. Providing computerized self-access opportunities for the development of writing skills, John Milton
    References. Index.


    Phil Benson, Peter Voller