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Thu Dec 04 2014

Books: Autonomy and Foreign Language Learning in a Virtual Learning Environment: Hamilton

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Date: 01-Dec-2014
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Subject: Autonomy and Foreign Language Learning in a Virtual Learning Environment: Hamilton
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Title: Autonomy and Foreign Language Learning in a Virtual Learning
Series Title: Advances in Digital Language Learning and Teaching
Published: 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)

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Author: Miranda Hamilton
Paperback: ISBN: 9781472589767 Pages: 256 Price: U.K. £ 23.99

Digitalised learning with its promise of autonomy, enhanced learner choice, independence and freedom, is an intuitive and appealing construct but closer examination reveals it to be a rather simplistic proposition, raising the following questions.

-What do we mean by autonomy?
-What are we implying about the role of the teacher, the classroom, and interaction between learners?
-What do we understand about the impact of technology on the ecology of the learning environment?

This book describes the use of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) by a group of advanced English language learners in Mexico, comparing what students thought and what they did in response to the technology. The theoretical aim of the book is to work towards the construction of a theory of the development of autonomy and virtual learning in an EFL context. Enhanced understanding about the relationship between autonomy and technology has the potential to inform academics, software designers, materials writers, teacher educators, and teachers and to help learners in
their quest to acquire a foreign language.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition
                            Not Applicable

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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Cambridge University Press

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Akademie Verlag GmbH
Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Classiques Garnier
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Edinburgh University Press
Elsevier Ltd
Equinox Publishing Ltd
European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Georgetown University Press
John Benjamins
Lincom GmbH
MIT Press
Multilingual Matters
Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG
Oxford University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Peter Lang AG
Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
University of Toronto Press

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International Pragmatics Assoc.
Linguistic Association of Finland
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Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
Seoul National University
SIL International Publications
Universitat Jaume I
University of Nebraska Press
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