SALC module app: Development and testing

app development

Discussing the results of the trials

SALC team members are currently testing the new module app with some student research assistants. Based on these trials, a number of changes need to be made, but we hope to be able to pilot the app in 2015 with module takers.

Visitors from Turkey

We were delighted to receive a visit from colleagues from Yildirim Beyazit University, and Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey last week. Our visitors were interested in discussing matters related to self-access, advising and learner support.

Turkey visit 1 Turkey visit 2

Friday November 28th guest speaker: Garold Murray

gmprofile CMYKThe SALC (with assistance from the office of the Global Project) are delighted to be able to host Garold Murray at KUIS on November 28th, and during his visit, he will be giving a lunchtime lecture which is open to everyone.

Garold Murray is an associate professor at Okayama University. He holds a PhD in applied linguistics from the University of British Columbia. His research interests focus on learner autonomy, social learning spaces, imagination, and semiotics of place. He has served as president of the Japan Association of Self-Access Learning (2005-2010) and convenor of the AILA Research Network on Learner Autonomy in Language Learning (2005-2011). He is co-editor of the books Identity, Motivation, and Autonomy in Language Learning (2011) and Space, Place and Autonomy in Language Learning (forthcoming), and editor of The Social Dimensions of Learner Autonomy (2014).

Presentation details

Date: Friday November 28th

Time: 12.35pm to 1.25pm

Place: Room 4-304 (room NEXT TO the usual bag lunch room)

Open to: Everyone


Space, Place, and Autonomy in Language Learning

This presentation explores the relationship between space, place and autonomy in language learning. It does this by reporting on a five-year ecologically-oriented ethnographic inquiry into how learners experience a social learning space dedicated to language learning. While a social learning space may somewhat resemble a self-access centre, the distinguishing and defining feature is that in a social learning space the emphasis is on learning through informal social interaction. The presentation begins with a pictorial description of the social learning space, followed by an outline of the study and an overview of salient points from theories in the field of human geography that informed the interpretation of the data. The presentation then turns to the emergent themes in order to examine seven ideas that have been turning points in the way the researchers view the data, the learners and the learning space. The presentation concludes by considering the implications for theory, research and practice.