Presentation at JALT PanSIG Conference

SALC learning advisors Neil Curry and Yuri Imamura presented at the JALT PanSIG conference in Meio University in Okinawa last weekend. Here are the details of their presentation:

Guiding Learners To Autonomy

We will display our Effective Learning Module 1, which was developed to introduce students to the idea of learner autonomy and techniques for self-directed learning. The Module’s contents show students how to make choices pertaining to setting goals, strategies and resources to use, the development of a learning plan and a subsequent ‘implementation phase’. In the process they are guided by a learning advisor, establishing a reflective dialogue enabling them to discover more about themselves as a learner. Examples of module activities showing how the student develops a meta-knowledge of their learning will demonstrate its use.


The presenters doing a run through for the SALC team before the event


SALC Events

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Guest speaker: Friday May 20th, lunch time

There will be a presentation by a guest speaker on Friday 20th May at lunchtime from 12.15 to 1.05 in 6-201. Everyone is welcome to attend! Renaud Davies will also be around in the SALC in the afternoon if anyone would like to talk to him individually.
Moxtra: Taking digital portfolios to the next level
Renaud Davies, Hiroshima Bunkyo University
Friday May 20th, 12.15 – 1.05 (feel free to bring your lunch)
Room: 6-201

In this short workshop, the presenter will introduce a free cross-platform digital portfolio application called Moxtra, which allows for both synchronous and asynchronous collaboration. Moxtra allows users to add text and voice annotations to documents as well as chat by way of text message, voice, and video all within a private and secure social network. Participants will be shown how to create and share their own digital binders for storing a variety of documents. Lastly, the presenter will give concrete examples of how Moxtra is being used as a core tool by all staff and students at the Bunkyo English Communication Center.

If you plan to come, it would be helpful if you could bring your iPad and download and create a free account for Moxtra in advance of the session.

(Download Moxtra application here).

SALC workshops this month

We have three workshops this month that students and staff are welcome to attend.

Tuesday 17th, 12.15 0 13.05: Time Management
Thursday 19th, 16.30 – 18.00: Grow Your Language Tree
Wednesday 25th, 16.30 – 17.30: Avoiding Plagiarism

Sign up here


Conference presentations in April

Dr. Jo Mynard recently gave presentations based on research conducted in the SALC as follows:

  1. Researching ongoing motivation for self-directed learning: Self-access learners’ voices

IATEFL, Learner Autonomy SIG event in Birmingham, UK

Slides and published paper available via this link.


In this presentation, I will draw on research conducted in a self-access context in Japan to explore why some learners continue to engage in self-sustaining learning under their own volition. Drawing on a study conducted over a two-year period in a university self-access centre in Japan, I will show patterns of motivation for learning English over time. The participants were enrolled in voluntary self-directed learning modules which involved introducing them to some tools for understanding and managing their learning, and then giving them the opportunity to create and follow their own curriculum. Data for the research were taken from the students’ weekly reflective journals, end of module surveys, and interviews. The findings shed light on ways in which the participants sustained their motivation to continue, and the results provide insights for other learners.

2. Technology-supported Self-directed Language Learning (SDLL)

IAFOR Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom

Slides available via this link


Most learning takes place outside the classroom (Benson & Reinders, 2011; Reinders & Benson, forthcoming), and as educators we have a responsibility to help our learners to develop an awareness of and capacity to take charge of their own language learning. Technology could now be argued to have a mostly normalised role (Bax, 2003) in providing learners with opportunities to study and practice a target language. However, we still have much to learn about the role that technology might play in helping learners to manage their own learning and to become autonomous and self-directed language learners. I will briefly outline what is meant by self-directed language learning SDLL and what skills are needed in order for learners to be able to develop a capacity for lifelong learner autonomy (Benson, 2011). I will then take a look at ways in which learners can draw upon technology tools in order to combine language study, language practice, and learning self management to reach their language goals. In order for us to achieve true convergence, more research into technology-supported SDLL is needed. Drawing on an ongoing action research project at my own institution where my colleagues and I have produced, implemented, and are currently evaluating a custom-made app for managing self-directed language learning, I will introduce a model for researching and evaluating the effectiveness of technology-supported SDLL.

SALC Modules


SALC self-directed learning ‘Modules’ are optional, non-credit, mini courses of work where students can learn about how to become an effective language learner and take charge of their own learning outside of class. Students work with other students and a learning advisor to set goals and work on language areas of their choice in a supportive environment. To read more about modules, take a look at the SALC website.

KUIS students have multiple opportunities to take SALC modules this year. The first enrollment period has now closed and 181 students will begin a module this week. Students can take either the iPad or the paper version of the module. For students who missed the sign up deadline, the next enrollment period runs from May 9th to May 26th. Students can sign up online here: