Understanding learner autonomy through research: a summary of a forum at JALT 2019

Jo Mynard, Louise Ohashi, Ward Peeters, Scott J. Shelton-Strong, Andrew D. Tweed, Satoko Watkins, Isra Wongsarnpigoon

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This paper reports on a forum featuring four presentations on learner autonomy research, all with practical applications. The paper gives an overview of the purpose of the forum, a short summary of each of the presentations, a discussion of some of the main themes and methods, and a summary of the ways in which the forum themes were continued to be investigated through the Q&A session and in follow-up recordings and interviews. The four projects described in the paper are: The role of classroom teachers in fostering out-of-class, autonomous language learning, exploring online peer interaction in social networking sites, examining the relationship between students' agency and affordances for learning when studying abroad, and investigating learner autonomy in a self-access context from a self-determination theory perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-62
Number of pages10
JournalSiSAL Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Japan
  • Learner autonomy
  • Methods
  • Research

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