AILA ReN for Learner Autonomy: Beginners’ Resource Project

As promised in the January 2013 issue of our Bulletin, the Beginners’ Resource Project is now complete and the list is ready to go on the web. The idea behind the project is to provide some basic pieces of literature in various autonomy-related fields that do not require a lot of previous knowledge and can serve as jumping off points for further reading. At present, we have grouped the texts into one general area of learner autonomy and 17 specific topics. For each topic, we suggest three to five basic pieces of literature and, in some cases, one or two additional readings. We must stress that this list is not intended to be exhaustive but merely a starting point to help orientate those new to the field and looking for some initial direction.

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Autonomy Bibliography. (Originally compiled by Phil Benson, now maintained by Hayo Reinders). There are currently over 1,700 references. You can also add your own references such as journal articles, books and book chapters, but also conference proceedings and other types of publication.

Learner Autonomy Books, Reports and Proceedings: A Comprehensive Bibliography (Compiled and maintained by Richard Smith). A comprehensive chronological list of books, reports, journal special issues, conference proceedings etc. connected with learner autonomy in language education (1970+).

Other associations

HASALD (Hong Kong Association for Self-Access Learning and Development)

IATEFL Learner Autonomy SIG

Independent Learning Association

JALT Learner Development SIG

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