Researching autonomy – a list of instruments
I have started compiling a list of instruments used to measure different aspects of learner autonomy. You can see the inventory here. If you know of any other instruments (maybe one you developed yourself?), please do contact me.
The Relationship Between Autonomy and Language Acquisition
The relationship between learner autonomy and language acquisition has long fascinated researchers but very few studies exist that have explicitly investigated how they might be connected. In this study we will be monitoring an entire cohort of university students over a period of five years, recording all of their language instruction (both at university and elsewhere) and for a subset of students all of their out-of-class exposure and learning will be recorded as well. In addition we will collect a range of data related to autonomy, such as Willingness to Communicate, motivation and engagement with opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. All this information will be related to students’ language proficiency as it develops over five years.
The first phase of the project is now in progress and language and WTC data has been collected for 2328 students.
Preliminary results will be made available on a dedicated website in the coming months.
New Journal for Research in Autonomy – Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching
Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching is published by Taylor & Francis and focuses heavily on learner-centred approaches to teaching and research. We encourage everyone working in the broader area of autonomy to consider this journal for their publications. For more information see the Second Language Acquisition page.
Phil Benson and I edited a book called ‘Beyond the Language Classroom’ – you can find more about it here.
Terry Lamb and I edited a book titled Supporting Independent Learning: Issues and Interventions which was recently published worldwide by Peter Lang in Frankfurt. More information here.
A second book, called Learner and Teacher Autonomy: Realities and Responses, was published by Benjamins and Aila Review.
Articles on autonomy, self-access and language advising
You can download my thesis using the menu above.
Other articles are available from the ‘about me’ and ‘publications’ page.