Richard Smith is a Reader in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, UK. His research interests include learner autonomy, the history of language teaching, teacher education and applied linguistics. His recent books include A handbook for exploratory action research published by the British Council and Autonomy in language teaching and learning: New research agendas (co-edited with Alice Chik and Noako Aoki) published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.
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.