Resources for beginners

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.

As some topics are well established, there was a wide range of possible introductory publications to choose from; however, other fields are relatively new and this has meant that we were only able to list what is available at the moment, even though these texts may not be “introductory” in style. We also tried to include at least one text available on the web so that people who do not have access to a well-stocked library can get information more easily. However, for some topics we were unable to find suitable texts online. We are aware that this may be an oversight on our part and would be very grateful if you could let us know about any web-based publications for possible inclusion in the future. Additionally, as we intend to keep updating the list, we would welcome any information about new introductory publications. Perhaps you could consider penning a piece for LALL or contacting us with more details?

Please note that when the heading is for instance, “motivation”, it does not mean that the list covers the whole area of motivation research, but rather includes texts related to motivation which also have an immediate relevance for learner autonomy.

Please click any of the topics below. A separate page will show up with a list of introductory readings. (Safari users – Links to a pdf file in these lists may not work. Please use an alternative browser if you experience a problem.) 

1. Learner autonomy general introductions
2. Classroom learner development
3. Working with children
4. The European Language Portfolio
5. Self-access centres
6. Language advising
7. Tandem learning
8. Technology
9. Learning beyond classroom
10. Study abroad
11. Learning strategies
12. Motivation
13. Identities
14. Stories/Narrative
15. Sociocultural theory
16. Assessment and evaluation
17. Teacher autonomy
18. Critical voices

This list was compiled by Naoko Aoki, Kerstin Dofs and Sarah Mercer. We would like to thank the AUTO-L subscribers who responded to their call for topics, 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. It would be very much appreciated if we got some feedback from you. Please use the “Leave a reply” box below for this.

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