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Rethinking the Concept of Learner Autonomy within the MALL Environment

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1. Title Title of document Rethinking the Concept of Learner Autonomy within the MALL Environment - Learner Autonomy and Web 2.0
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Martine Pellerin; University of Alberta (Campus Saint-Jean); Canada
3. Subject Discipline(s) linguistics; language learning
4. Subject Keyword(s) language learning; learner autonomy; Web 2.0; online learning; Leni Dam; L2; virtual classroom; adaptive learning systems; mobile apps; social networking
5. Subject Subject classification language learning
6. Description Abstract The relationships between learner agency, metacognition, affordances, and learner autonomy can be understood as a dynamic and complex system. I argue that theories of dynamic systems and complexity (Larsen-Freeman & Cameron, 2008) hold potential for providing new lenses to understand the concept of learner autonomy in the context of CALL and MALL. The major focus of this chapter is the adoption of an ecological perspective informed by the concept of complexity (van Lier, 2004, 2010) to explain the evolvement of the complex concept of learner autonomy within MALL environments. The chapter investigates the concept of learner autonomy in young language learners in French immersion programs in Canada. Building on an ecological approach informed by complexity theory, this chapter demonstrates that the key elements influencing language learning—such as learner agency, metacognition, affordances, identity, and self-regulation—work in synergy within a larger system to allow the emergence of learner autonomy in the MALL environment.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 28-Apr-2017
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.32708
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Learner Autonomy and Web 2.0
16. Language English=en en
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