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Title: Language, Autonomy and the New Learning Environments
Written By: Douglas Allford
Norbert Pachler
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=10567
Description:

The emergence of new learning environments, technological and
institutional, implies a need for language understanding and autonomous
learning. What do they mean? Why are they necessary? How do they
interrelate? This book looks at these questions. The authors consider
mother tongue and second/foreign language education in relation to
'language understanding', which includes formal knowledge and an ability to
use language communicatively, and should cover the 'new' literacies.
Autonomous language learning has been interpreted in various ways, and
setting language understanding as a goal allows some of these (such as
'training' models) to be challenged and others endorsed. Some implications
of the information society for education are considered. Learning
increasingly takes place outside educational establishments, and the
authors examine changes from face-to-face teacher-student interaction to
mixed-mode and distance learning. The new environments create new
possibilities, such as knowledge construction through computer-mediated
interaction and learner autonomy in online networks, and these are
explored. Throughout the book, the centrality of the teacher's role is
affirmed, as educator and guide on autonomous second/foreign language
programmes, and as a moderator of online discussions and a designer of
online materials.

Contents:

Language understanding in mother tongue and second/foreign language
education - Versions of autonomous language learning - Role of teacher in
autonomous and online language learning - Autonomous language learning and
new technologies.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9783039105
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 287
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U.K. £ 36.00
Europe EURO 55.40
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