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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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Learner autonomy, the European Language Portfolio and teacher development

Learner autonomy, the European Language Portfolio and teacher development

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Maintaining Control

David Little

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses learner autonomy and the contribution that the European Language Portfolio (ELP) can make to learner and teacher development in language learning contexts where learner autonomy is a central goal. The first part of the chapter explores the concept of autonomy as a basic human need, a general educational goal, and a determinant of language teaching programmes. The second part describes the ELP, first as a generic concept and then in the version developed by the EU-funded Milestone Project. The third part reports on the use of the Milestone ELP with adult learners of English as a second language in Ireland. A brief conclusion draws together the threads of the argument and identifies goals for future research and development.

Keywords:   teacher development, ELP, autonomy, Milestone Project, English learners, Ireland

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