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Autonomy, Agency and Identity in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching

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Jing Huang

This book offers readers a basic grounding in autonomy and related concepts of agency and identity in foreign language education. The ethnographic study explores how autonomy develops within the long-term process of EFL and TEFL learning in a Chinese social and institutional context. Through examining the general characteristics and patterns within the long-term development of autonomy among the students, the enquiry puts under close scrutiny a number of fundamental issues in autonomy research and practice, such as reactive autonomy in relation to proactive autonomy, personal autonomy in relation to learner autonomy, other-control in relation to self-control in the «multi-control model» of autonomy, and also issues of autonomy in the transition from foreign language learning to foreign language teaching. The study presents the more «describable» concepts of identity and agency to investigate the development of autonomy in foreign language learning and teaching and explores their complex interrelationships. The book finally highlights major contributions and limitations of the investigation, and provides implications and suggestions for theory, pedagogy and research.

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Ji ng H ua ng • A ut on om y, A ge nc y an d Id en ti ty in F or ei gn L an gu ag e Le ar ni ng a nd T ea ch in g This book offers readers a basic grounding in autonomy and related concepts of agency and identity in foreign language education. The ethno- graphic study explores how autonomy develops within the longterm process of EFL and TEFL learning in a Chinese social and institutional context. Through examining the general charac- teristics and patterns within the longterm devel- opment of autonomy among the students, the enquiry puts under close scrutiny a number of fundamental issues in autonomy research and practice, such as reactive autonomy in relation to proactive autonomy, personal autonomy in relation to learner autonomy, other-control in relation to self-control in the “multi-control model” of autonomy, and also issues of autonomy in the transition from foreign language learning to for- eign language teaching. The study presents the more “describable” concepts of identity and agency to investigate the development of auton- omy in foreign language learning and teaching and explores their complex interrelationships. The book finally highlights major contributions and limitations of the investigation, and pro- vides implications and suggestions for theory, pedagogy and research. ISBN 978-3-0343-0370-5 Jing Huang received his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hong Kong. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Education Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. His research is in...

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