Presentation at Psychology of Language Learning 2, Jyväskylä, Finland.

Learning advisor Curtis Edlin presented the following paper at Individuals in Contexts – Psychology of Language Learning 2 ( held August 22-24 2016, in Jyväskylä, Finland.

Mediating effects of spaces, materials, and people: Lessons in developing places for self-access and autonomous learning

Through the ecological lens, opportunities for action are referred to as affordances. Affordances in a particular environment may vary for different individuals dependent upon how they make sense of and interpret the semiotic budget or collection of “signs” in an environment. In terms of language learning, these signs are not only inherent in physical artifacts such as traditional language learning media, but also include what can be gleaned from the greater physical environment and social climate. Thus, possible actions in a particular place are mediated by the physical space, the media and tools, and social aspects (as well as a complex web of prior knowledge, experience, and beliefs that learners bring with themselves). The collective actions in and beliefs about a space determine the place it will become. Continue reading


Visiting scholar on campus: Hayo Reinders

The SALC is delighted to sponsor a visit by Professor Hayo Reinders from 26-30 September, 2016. He will be on campus and available for some individual meetings, and will also do a lecture open to the KUIS community (Crystal Hall, Tuesday 27th September, 13.10 – 14.30).

Title: The Internet of Things

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It is estimated that by 2020 there will be over 50 billion connected devices. This will go beyond cellphones and computers, to include objects such as cars, household appliances, and – as the technology improves – clothes, utensils and all manner of everyday items. What does this have to do with self-access language learning? As with computers and mobile technologies, the implications and uses of these developments for educators may not be obvious, but they are likely to be significant. In this talk I will describe the Internet of Things from a pedagogical point of view, give some examples of emerging implementations and research, and propose three areas of potential impact on our field clustered around affordances relating to mobility, augmentation and ubiquity, and give examples of how these may be harnessed for the purposes of (supporting) self-access language learning. I will conclude by identifying possible benefits and drawbacks for language facilitators and advisors.

Venue: Crystal Hall
Date: Tuesday 27th September
Time: 13.10 – 14.30

About the presenter


Dr. Hayo Reinders is Professor of Education and Head of Department at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand and also the Director of the Anaheim University Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in TESOL Program. He holds a Ph.D. in Language Teaching and Learning from the University of Auckland. His previous positions include Head of Learner Development at Middlesex University in London, Director of the English Language Self Access Centre at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and associate professor at RELC in Singapore. He has worked with teachers from a large number of countries worldwide and has been visiting professor in Japan, Thailand, Mexico and the Netherlands. Dr. Reinders edits the journal ‘Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching’ as well as a book series on ‘New Language Learning and Teaching Environments’ for Palgrave Macmillan. He is Editor of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, and Convenor of the AILA Research Network for CALL and the Learner. Dr. Reinders’ interests are in technology in education, learner autonomy, and out-of-class learning, and he is a speaker on these subjects for the Royal Society of New Zealand. His most recent books are on teacher autonomy, teaching methodologies, and second language acquisition.

You can find out more about Hayo’s research and professional interests on his site: