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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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Crash or clash? Autonomy 10 years on

Crash or clash? Autonomy 10 years on

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Maintaining Control

Edith Esch

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter shows how the notion of autonomy has spread into language pedagogy in the past 10 years and how this mainstreaming has been accompanied by conceptual distortions and discursive dissonances. Such dissonances can be located in the contradictions between the discourses of individual personal autonomy and of critical socially situated autonomy. It argues that people are at a crossroads and that if they take the notion of social learning seriously, opting for the road of individual personal autonomy is not sufficient. They need to take a whole-community approach to autonomy and reassert the critical dimension originally associated with autonomy and foreign language learning.

Keywords:   language pedagogy, conceptual distortions, discursive dissonances, personal autonomy, social autonomy, social learning, foreign language learning

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