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Development of Language Learner Autonomy in Adaptive Learning Systems


 
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1. Title Title of document Development of Language Learner Autonomy in Adaptive Learning Systems - Learner Autonomy and Web 2.0
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Ruslan Suvorov; University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; United States
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Adolfo Carrillo Cabello; University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; United States
 
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 Web 2.0 technologies can create multiple affordances for second language (L2) teaching and learning (Morgan, 2012), including affordances for developing learner autonomy (Benson, 2006; Lee, 2011; Little, 2015). The aim of this study is to investigate perceived affordances offered by adaptive learning systems (ALS) for the development of L2 learner autonomy, as well as potential constraints that can prevent such development. Using the tenets of activity theory (Basharina, 2007; Blin, 2004; Engeström, 1999, 2001; Lantolf & Thorne, 2007), this study examined the use of two ALS by 35 learners of Spanish enrolled in beginning and intermediate-level Spanish courses in Spring 2015. The data comprised learners’ responses to an online survey, semi-structured interviews, and focus groups administered at two different points in the semester. Activity theory was used to analyze the interactions between the learners and the ALS, with an emphasis on the division of labor and the rules governing the language learning activity system in which these interactions occurred. Results of the analysis revealed that the division of labor and the rules embedded in the design of the two ALS were perceived to offer both affordances and constraints for developing learner autonomy.
 
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
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/32706
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.32706
 
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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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd