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Supporting Independent Language Learning

Issues and Interventions


Terry Lamb and Hayo Reinders

People learn foreign languages in many different contexts and for many different reasons. However, they all have in common the need to be able to learn independently in some way. The chapters in this book describe a range of contexts for independent language learning around the world, some related to children, others to adults, some to classrooms, others to self-access centres or even to distance learning. They explore a number of issues to consider when supporting these learners. In addition, a number of practical interventions are described. This book also includes a thematic bibliography of publications in this field.
Contents: Sophie Bailly/Maud Ciekanski: Learning as Identity in Practice: the Role of the Learner-Advisor Relationship in a Supported Self-directed Learning Structure – Marie-José Gremmo/Desirée Castillo: Advising in a Multilingual Setting: New Perspectives for the Role of the Advisor – Shawn Loewen: Autonomy and Language Learning Behaviour: the Role of Student Initiation in Meaning-focused L2 Lessons – Cynthia White: Robinson Crusoe and the Challenges of Supported Distance Language Learning – Bruce Morrison: Mapping a Self-access Language Learning Centre – Terry Lamb: Supporting Independence: Students’ Perceptions of Self-management – Manuel Jiménez Raya: Autonomy Support through Learning Journals – Marina Mozzon-McPherson/Cathy Dantec: Managing Language Learning at University: an Analysis of a Strategy-based Training Programme – Sarah Toogood/Richard Pemberton: Scaffolding for Self-Access Language Learning and the FTG Model – Sabine Gläsmann: Buddy up! - Encouraging Online Collaboration in University Language Learning – Hayo Reinders: Supporting Independent Learning through an Electronic Learning Environment – Phil Benson/Jing Huang: Autonomy in Language Learning: a Thematic Bibliography.