Teacher autonomy in India: Analysing expectations from foreign language teachers, their beliefs and practices

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Thu, September 06, 1:30 pm
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2:00 pm
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Short paper (30 minutes)
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Vasumathi Badrinathan (University of Mumbai, India)
Teacher autonomy depends on the individual teacher as well as external factors such as institutional and curricular aspects. This research is based on interviews with Indian school and college teachers of French as a foreign language in Mumbai in India. Findings reveal that it is not merely external factors, but also teachers' beliefs that affect practices and approach towards autonomy. The recommendations of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages towards autonomous learning are largely reflected in Indian official instructions as well, however teacher autonomy and learner autonomy are still not easy goals to achieve.
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