Autonomy Support Beyond the Language Learning Classroom: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective







Through the application of self-determination theory (SDT) to research and practice, this book deepens our understanding of how autonomous language learning can be supported and understood within environments outside of the classroom. Theoretical, empirical and practice-focused chapters examine autonomy support in a range of contexts and settings, dealing with learning environments and open spaces, communities and relationships, and advising and self-access language learning. They reveal what occurs beyond the classroom, how socializing agents support autonomous motivation and wellness, and how SDT can enhance our understanding of supporting language learner autonomy. It will be of interest to language teachers, university lecturers and learning advisors who are providing support outside the classroom, as well as to graduate students and researchers who are working in the fields of applied linguistics and TESOL.

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Jo Mynard and Scott J. Shelton-Strong: Introduction: Autonomy Support Beyond the Language Learning Classroom: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective                                                                                

Part 1: Theoretical Underpinnings

1. Johnmarshall Reeve: A Brief but Comprehensive Overview of Self-Determination Theory

2. Johnmarshall Reeve: What it Means to 'Take Ownership over One's Own Learning' in a Self-Determination Theory Analysis

Part 2: Autonomy Support in Learning Environments and Open Spaces

3. Ali Dincer and Tuba Isik: Understanding the Inner Motivational Resources of Language Learners' Out-of-class Technology Use for Language Learning

4. Xuan Hoang, Alice Chik, Ruth French and Sue Ollerhead: Vietnamese EFL Students' Out-of-classroom Motivation Viewed through Self-Determination Theory

5. Yanling Li, Jiaxiu Zhang and Pingying Hu: Autonomy-supportive Online EFL Writing: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective

6. Satoko Watkins: Creating Social Learning Opportunities Outside the Classroom: How Interest-based Learning Communities Support Learners' Basic Psychological Needs

Part 3: Autonomy Support in Communities and Relationships

7. Mustafa Firat, Kimberly A. Noels and Nigel Mantou Lou: Self-Determined Motivation in Language Learning beyond the Classroom: Interpersonal, Intergroup and Intercultural Processes

8. W.L. Quint Oga-Baldwin: The Quality of Our Connections Matters: Relationships Motivation Theory in Independent Language Learning

9. Satoko Kato: Establishing High-Quality Relationships through a Mentoring Programme: Relationships Motivation Theory

Part 4: Autonomy Support in Advising and Self-Access for Language Learning

10. Scott J. Shelton-Strong and Maria Giovanna Tassinari: Facilitating an Autonomy-Supportive Learning Climate: Advising in Language Learning and Basic Psychological Needs

11. Micòl Beseghi: Mindfulness and Advising in Language Learning: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective

12. Jo Mynard: Reimagining the Self-Access Centre as a Place to Thrive

Scott J. Shelton-Strong: Conclusion: Where to Go from Here?


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