Henri Holec has been working in the field of language learner autonomy since the end of the 1960’s as a member of the group of researchers working under the leadership of Yves Chalon, the founder of the C.R.A.P.E.L. (Centre de Recherches et d’Applications Pédagogiques en Langues) at the University of Nancy in France. In 1961, he joined the staff of the University of Nancy in France, eventually becoming a Professor there. From 1972-1998 he was Director of the C.R.A.P.E.L., the leading French institution in teaching and research on learner autonomy in language learning. Between 1973 and 1978, Professor Holec chaired AILA’s Adult Language Teaching Commission. From 1978-1982, he was an expert member of the No 8 Language Project of the Council for Cultural Cooperation of the Council of Europe. Professor Holec has conducted research in a number of language-related fields including: autonomy, self-directed learning and learning to learn, teacher training Teacher development for autonomy, oral and written comprehension, the process of language acquisition], language learning resource centres and curriculum design.
- Henri Holec. Autonomy and Foreign Language Learning.(1979)link