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Language Learner Autonomy: Both Sides of the Coin: A study of EFL teachers' and students' perceptions of autonomy in Spain
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Learner autonomy has become the latest buzzword in the world of EFL pedagogy and practice, but what do contemporary practitioners and learners of EFL understand by learner autonomy, what do they believe it is, and do they consider it to be valuable? The purpose of this mixed-methods study in Spain is to garner teacher and student perceptions of this popular notion – to identify and compare their beliefs and understandings of autonomous learning and learners within the Spanish EFL context. Specifically, we are focused upon a comparative interpretation of the desirability and feasibility of autonomous learning habits, decisions and abilities. Research findings extracted through both an online questionnaire and six follow-up interviews demonstrate that teachers and students share predominantly positive views of autonomy, however students are more enthusiastic about extending their decision-making in the classroom than their learning abilities and capacities. Several gaps between teacher/student perceptions, and desirability/feasibility are identified, with teachers' data also serving to suggest several possible restrictions upon autonomy that may stunt it's progression in the EFL classroom.

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Keyword [en]
autonomy, autonomous learnners, pedagogy, EFL, language learning, independent learning, comparative, mixed-methods
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Educational Sciences Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-122476OAI: diva2:866849
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Intercontinental Master´s Programme in Adult Learning and Global Change
Educational program
Programme for Teacher Education, Linköping
Available from: 2015-11-06 Created: 2015-11-03 Last updated: 2015-11-06Bibliographically approved

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