January 2013 Bulletin: Item 5

Beginners resource project

Kerstin Dofs, Sarah Mercer and Naoko Aoki are compiling a list of literature for people who are new to the field of learner autonomy and looking for introductory information. We have a general area of learner autonomy and 16 specific topics. For each topic we have three to five basic sources of literature that do not require a lot of previous knowledge and can serve as a jumping off point for further reading. We are aiming to include at least one available on the web so that people who do not have access to a well-stocked library can also get some information. Some topics may include one or two additional readings. To give you an idea of what the completed list will look like, here are the items we have selected for the general area of learner autonomy.

Learner autonomy

Benson, P. (2003). Learner autonomy in the classroom. In D. Nunan (Ed.), Practical English language teaching (pp. 289-308). New York: McGraw Hill.

Gremmo, M-J. & Riley, P. (1995). Autonomy, self-direction and self access in language teaching and learning: The history of an idea. System, 23(2), 151-164.

Holec, H. (2009). Autonomy in language learning: A single pedagogical paradigm or two? In F. Kjisik, P. Voller, N. Aoki & Y. Nakata (Eds.), Mapping the terrain of learner autonomy: Learning environments, learning communities and identities (pp. 21-47). Tampere: Tampere University Press.

Little, D. (1991). Learner autonomy1: Definitions and problems. Dublin: Authentik.

Little, D. (2003). Learner autonomy and second/foreign language learning. Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies Good Practice Guide. Retrieved 15 May 2012, from http://www.llas.ac.uk/resources/gpg/1409.

Further reading

Benson, P. (2011). Teaching and researching autonomy in language learning. 2nd Ed. Harlow: Longman.

The 16 topics include:

Learner autonomy and …

  • Classroom learner development
  • European Language Portfolio
  • Learning strategies
  • Self-access centres
  • Language advising
  • Tandem learning
  • Study abroad
  • Technology
  • Language learning beyond the classroom
  • Identities
  • Stories/narrative
  • Motivation
  • Sociocultural theory
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Working with children
  • Teacher autonomy

We are aiming to complete the list during the first half of 2013 and will post it on the ReNLA’s web site for your feedback. Many thanks to the AUTO-L  subscribers who responded to our call for topics with their ideas, and David Gardner, Klaus Schwienhorst and the participants of the Graz conference for generously providing information about literature. Any shortcomings that remain, however, are ours.

(Naoko Aoki)

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