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Title: Learner Autonomy Across Cultures
Subtitle: Language Education Perspectives
Edited By: David Palfreyman
Richard C. Smith
URL: http://www.palgrave.com/products/Catalogue.aspx?is=1-4039-0354-9
Description:

'This is an essential collection for anybody interested in learner autonomy. Drawing on perspectives from different cultural and professional contexts, it offers a fresh view of issues in autonomy. One of its particular strengths lies the way in which it brings together accounts offering direct engagement with personal experience, capturing a sense of the excitement and discovery inherent in this, and more conceptual papers that challenge common assumptions or invite readers to explore and reflect on their institutional contexts more carefully. It makes for an entertaining and informative mix of papers which is rewarding both practically and intellectually.'
Dr Keith Richards, Director, Language Studies Unit, Aston University

Description
What does 'autonomy' mean within language learning? Should it be enhanced within national, institutional or small group culture and, if so, how can that be done? A variety of new theoretical perspectives are here firmly anchored in research data from projects worldwide. By foregrounding cultural issues and thus explicitly addressing the concerns of many educators on the appropriateness and feasibility of developing learner autonomy in practice, this book fills a gap in the literature and offers practical benefits to language teachers.

Contents
Preface
Introduction: Culture and Learner Autonomy; D.Palfreyman
PART I: AUTONOMOUS LEARNERS
Becoming Autonomous in an Asian Context; P.Benson, A.Chik & H.Lim
Changes in Chinese students' Strategy Use After Arrival in the UK: X.Gao
Learner Autonomy as Agency in Sociocultural Settings; K.Toohey & B.Norton
PART II: THEORETICAL PERSEPCTIVES
Toward a More Systematic Model of L2 Learner Autonomy; R.Oxford
Self-access as Access to 'Self'; P.Riley
Social Autonomy; A.Holliday
PART III: PRACTICAL INTERVENTIONS
Pedagogy for Autonomy as (Becoming-) Appropriate Methodology; R.C.Smith
Autonomy in a Resource-poor Setting; E.A.G.Fonseka
Neither Here Nor There?; K.Schwienhorst
PART IV: INSTITUTIONS AND TEACHERS
The Representation of Learner Autonomy in Organizational Culture; D.Palfreyman
Learning Cultures and Counselling; M.de la A.Clemente
Addressing Constraints on Autonomy in School Contexts; F.Vieira
Asserting Our Culture; N.Aoki with Y.Hamakawa
Postscript: Implications for Language Education; R.C.Smith
References
Index

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1403903549
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 304
Prices: £50/$69.95