PhDr. Ildikó Némethová, PhD. received her master’s degree at the Comenius University in Bratislava and her doctorate degree at the Faculty of International Relations of the University of Economics in Bratislava. Since 2010 she has worked as assistant professor at the Faculty of Applied Languages. The main areas of her specialisation include Intercultural Communication, British Area Studies and English for Specific Purposes. She has participated in several national and international projects. She is the author of several publications in the field of intercultural communication, which form the basis of study materials for teaching intercultural communication at the Faculty of Applied Languages.
This paper aims to analyse the role of metacognition in autonomy research. It examines motivation in relations to the concepts of the self and identity and conceives motivation as an internal process of identification with the person’s self-concept. Furthermore, it attempts to define autonomy as a capacity that entails long-term development. The ultimate goal of the paper is to examine the links that exist between identity, motivation, and autonomy in learning a language for specific purposes.