Self-styled hyper-polyglots proliferate on the Internet, each offering a plethora of advice and merchandise. Are they to be taken seriously? This webinar evaluates some of their claims, and suggests some takeaways, with special reference to autonomous learning. Scott Thornbury teaches on the MA TESOL program at The New School in New York. His previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain, and in his native New Zealand. His writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology.