Generation Y, Learner Auonomy and the Potential of Web 2.0 Tools for Language Teaching and Learning

University of the Fraser Valley Press
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Education and Technology: Innovation and Research. Proceedings of ICICTE 2011, 2011, pp. 591 - ?
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This paper critically examines the concept of learner autonomy in the context of a model of language teaching and learning that seeks to exploit the potential of Web 2.0 tools. The development of Web 2.0 tools in language teaching and learning has the potential to greatly enhance the opportunities available for students to make meaningful use of their target language in real time contexts and increasingly, students are turning to the web for their own, independent, language learning. The paper draws on survey and interview data from a group of Australian undergraduate students to establish their needs in terms of developing autonomous learning skills and dispositions.
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