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Autonomy, Agency, and Identity in Teaching and Learning English as a Foreign Language


About this book


This book discusses the importance of autonomy, agency, and identity in teaching and learning English as a foreign language, all of which are central themes in the educational domain. By linking theory with practice to appeal to researchers as well as classroom practitioners, it provides an overview of the theoretical constructs of autonomy, agency, and identity along with empirical studies that explore these constructs through life stories as told by English teachers and students. Key features include: 
• New ideas to inspire professionals involved in foreign language education. 
• Up-to-date information to showcase for English language educators how autonomy, agency, and identity can be conceptualized across various institutional, sociocultural, and political contexts.
• A concise yet comprehensive review of the theoretical and practical issues characterizing English foreign language education today.


Foreign Language Education Learner Autonomy Teacher Autonomy Agency Identity Language Teaching English Education

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education StudiesHong Kong Baptist UniversityKowloon TongHong Kong

About the authors

(Mark) Feng Teng is a language teacher educator with extensive teaching and research experience in China. His professional interests include metacognition and writing, vocabulary development, and identity research. He has published over 40 articles in international flagship journals, including Applied Linguistics, Thinking Skills and Creativity, The Language Learning Journal, and Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics, among others. Currently, he is editing one volume on second language writing, and another on second language literacy instruction, and is serving as a guest editor for several international journals.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Autonomy, Agency, and Identity in Teaching and Learning English as a Foreign Language
  • Authors (Mark) Feng Teng
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-0727-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-4487-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-0728-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 132
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Language Education
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