Language Learning Strategies in Independent Settings

Language Learning Strategies in Independent Settings

eBook - 2008
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Univ of Toronto Pr
In recent years traditional, classroom-based language tuition has been increasingly overshadowed by innovative approaches, such as distance learning, supported independent learning and blended learning (with an online component). This timely volume examines the use of language learning strategies in a range of independent settings, and addresses key issues for independent learners such as autonomy, strategic awareness and self-regulation.
Language learning strategies have been a topic of research for roughly three decades. Broadly speaking, that research has focused on classroom tuition, predominantly at secondary level. Increasingly, however, language learning occurs in independent settings, whether at distance, on Institution-Wide Language Programmes (IWLPs), or in virtual environments. Success in independent language learning is achieved by autonomous individuals with a capacity for self-regulation. Yet we still know relatively little about the specific means they use to learn effectively, whether in terms of the affective strategies they employ to sustain motivation, the metacognitive strategies required for planning, monitoring and evaluating their learning, or the specific cognitive strategies applied to difficult learning tasks. These are all discussed and evaluated in Language Learning Strategies in Independent Settings.

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Twenty-one researchers and practitioners from the UK, the U.S., Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Canada contribute 16 chapters focusing on strategies appropriate for independent language learning settings in which for all, most or some of the time the teacher is physically absent. Coverage includes the theoretical context in terms of the setting, the impact of individual difference on strategy choice and use, and the links between strategies and autonomy; strategies involving cognitive and metacognitive development in relation to the four language skills, grammar, vocabulary, and intercultural learning; and metacognitive and affective strategies for self-management in independent learning, such as learning logs, self-correction, collaborative and online strategies, and ways of integrating strategies into independent learning materials. For upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, academics, and researchers in second language acquisition and related fields. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Bristol, UK ; Buffalo, NY : Multilingual Matters, ©2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781847690999
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 329 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Lewis, Tim 1951-
Hurd, Stella


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