Learner Autonomy and Web 2.0 - Marco Cappellini

Learner Autonomy and Web 2.0 - Marco Cappellini

Rethinking the Concept of Learner Autonomy within the MALL Environment

Learner Autonomy and Web 2.0 - Marco Cappellini

Martine Pellerin [+-]
University of Alberta (Campus Saint-Jean)
Martine Pellerin is an associate professor at the University of Alberta (Campus Saint–Jean). Her scholarship background is in the field of second language acquisition and educational technologies. She teaches courses in the undergraduate program of second language teacher preparation and courses at the graduate level in the areas of qualitative and participative research methodologies; visual and digital methodology and the integration of technologies in the second language classroom. Her main research areas include the use of digital and mobile technologies in the language classroom, the oral language as a cognitive tool in language learning, participative and digital ethnography and collaborative action research for CALL context.


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.

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Pellerin, Martine. Rethinking the Concept of Learner Autonomy within the MALL Environment. Learner Autonomy and Web 2.0. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 91-114 Apr 2017. ISBN 9781781795972. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=32708. Date accessed: 08 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32708. Apr 2017

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