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Maintaining ControlAutonomy and Language Learning$
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Richard Pemberton, Sarah Toogood, and Andy Barfield

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099234

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099234.001.0001

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Making sense of autonomy in language learning

Making sense of autonomy in language learning

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(p.13) 2 Making sense of autonomy in language learning
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Maintaining Control
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Phil Benson

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099234.003.0002

This chapter reviews the academic strategies that have been used to define the meaning of learner autonomy, and indirectly draws attention to the way learner autonomy has come to be viewed as a topic for academic debate, research, and publication over the last decade or so. It aims to revisit the issue of what people understand by autonomy from the perspective of the difficulty that they seem to experience in agreeing upon a single definition of the term. The discussion deals with two problems: the problem of defining autonomy in language learning and the problem of accounting for the current interest in this concept within the field.

Keywords:   language educators, language learning, term definition, learner autonomy

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