What’s new in autonomy?


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This article describes the process Phil Benson went through when writing the second edition of his Teaching and researching autonomy, which includes three new areas: sociocultural implications of autonomy, teacher autonomy, and autonomy and new technologies. It will whet our appetites for his plenary at JALT2011 on Autonomy in language teaching and learning: How to do it “here” where he will present a framework that teachers can use to evaluate constraints on autonomy in their workplaces and suggest a number of techniques that they can use to work within and around these constraints. Copyright © 2011 The Japan Association for Language Teaching.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-16
JournalThe Language Teacher
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


Benson, P. (2011). What’s new in autonomy? The Language Teacher, 35(4), 15-16.


  • Teacher autonomy
  • Learner autonomy
  • Language learning
  • Technology
  • Sociocultural theory


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