13/01/2012

Learner autonomy and second/foreign language learning | LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies

Learner autonomy and second/foreign language learning LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies

This article defines the autonomous learner; summarises arguments in favour of helping language learners to become autonomous; briefly considers the process of 'autonomisation' in language classrooms and self-access learning schemes; identifies some principal lines of research; and concludes by suggesting that the Council of Europe's European Language Portfolio may bring 'autonomisation' to much larger numbers of learners than hitherto and in doing so may provide an important focus for research.