Jo Mynard is a Professor, Director of the Self-Access Learning Center, and Director of the Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education at Kanda University of International studies in Japan. She has an M.Phil. in Applied Linguistics from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland and an Ed.D. in TEFL from the University of Exeter, UK. Her research interests include learner autonomy, advising, self-access and affect in language learning.
This book provides novel insights into both the theory and practice of learner autonomy in the context of foreign language education, and does so in multiple languages and through multiple voices. The volume contains full chapters or extracts in 15 languages accompanied by a chapter or summary in English.
This volume explores some of the theoretical, empirical, and practical considerations when supporting educators and learners in promoting language learner autonomy. The authors pay special attention to the ‘social turn’ and the volume concludes with a research agenda which draws on the social factors and agency.
Since its original release, this book has made a notable contribution to the growing field of advising in language learning (ALL). ALL is the process and practice of working with learners, normally one-to-one, in order to promote learner autonomy. ALL is a unique field that overlaps with language teaching and counselling. The book contains 11 chapters related to the theory and practice of ALL.
This volume contains a collection of 48 articles which were originally published between 2006 and 2010 in the Learner Autonomy SIGʼs newsletter Independence. The ten “worms” explored in this volume are: Assessment, Classroom research, Counselling / advising, Culture, Learner training, Motivation, Self-access, Teacher autonomy, Teacher education, and Technology.