Workshops by visitors from KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, June 4-8

We are delighted to be able to host colleagues from KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden who are experts in learning design technologies. Our two institutions are planning to collaborate on research related to developing technology for self-directed learning, so we will be setting the groundwork during their visit. While they are here, do take advantage of some of the following opportunities:

  1. Workshop: Design thinking (scroll down for the abstract)

How might we re-imagine the learning ecosystem for today’s self-directed learner?
Open to teachers, LAs, staff and students
Date: Tuesday 5th June
Time: 2.50 to 4.20
Place: The Workshop (KUIS 8)

  1. Workshop: Design Fictions (scroll down for the abstract)

Follow up workshop open to all (participants do not have to be the same)
Date: Wednesday 6th June
Time: 12.15 to 1pm (with an opportunity for an extended discussion for those not rushing off to class)
Place: (8-116)

  1. Consultation meetings

The team would be very happy to meet with staff and students to discuss design and research matters. Please sign up here. The meeting will take place in Meeting Room 1 in KUIS 8 (staff area),

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Analysing learner language. Workshop series by Hayo Reinders starting June 20th 2018.

Abstract: Analysing learner language

In this mini-series of lectures we investigate the wide range of options available for collecting and analysing learner language. Such data has significant benefits for understanding the process of learning. This has practical benefits too, in that it helps us understand our learners and their difficulties better, it forces us to listen to our learners more, it can help inform us on priority areas, and we can share our observations with the students so they can make better-informed decisions about their own learning. In the first session we lay the groundwork by looking at different sources of data and their advantages and drawbacks. In subsequent sessions we will focus on specific methods of analysis (scroll down for details).
HayoReindersColorAbout Hayo Reinders
Dr Hayo Reinders ( is Professor of Education at Unitec in New Zealand and TESOL Professor and Director of the doctoral programme at Anaheim University in the USA. Hayo has published in the areas of autonomy, technology, teacher education and out-of-class learning. He edits a book series for Palgrave Macmillan and is editor of the journal Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching.
Presentation details
Session 1 (lecture followed by discussion)
Date: Wednesday June 20th
Time: 12.15 to 13.00 (lecture) + discussion
Room: 8116
Session 2 (hands on session with practical examples)
Date: Friday June 29th
Time: 12.15 to 14.00
Room: 8116
Session 3 (mini course to carry out data analysis)
Date: August 2nd
Time: TBC
Room: Online
Session 4 (mini course to carry out data analysis)
Date: September / October (TBC)
Time: TBC
Room: Online
Sessions 5 and 6
Date: November (TBC)
Time: TBC
Room: 8116
Professor Reinders will also be available for individual consultation meetings by appointment. Sign up here.
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Online event: Monday 4th June. Affect and learner autonomy

Rilae - The LAb Sessions - Google Docs
You are warmly invited to attend another online event or “LAb session” organised by the Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education (RILAE) on June 4th on the theme of affect and autonomy. You can attend live from any device, but we will also record it so you can listen later.
See the website for presentation abstracts and more details. 
Date: June 4th, 2018
Time: 3.30 pm – 5.30pm (Tokyo time) streamed live and recorded
Theme: Affect and learner autonomy
Location: / Access code 659-181-925
Moderators: Hayo Reinders, Unitec, New Zealand; Jo Mynard, KUIS; Satoko Kato, KUIS, Scott Shelton-Strong, KUIS
Organiser: The Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education (RILAE), Kanda University of International Studies, Japan.

3.30 Welcome / about RILAE / this LAb session (Hayo / Jo / Satoko)
3.35 Christina Gkonou – Featured workshop: Managing emotions for learner autonomy (introduction by Jo)
3.50 Kevin Knight (pre-recorded) – Bright idea: Motivating SALC learning advisors with inspirational leadership and business consulting models (Introduction by Jo)
3.55 Hisako Yamashita –  Featured presentation: Affect as an “essential resource” in the development of learner autonomy (Introduction by Satoko)
4.10 Sina Takada – Research report: Affect in a study group (peer group) (introduction by Scott)
4.15 Neil Curry and Kate Maher – Innovative practice: CBT-based classroom activities for language anxiety (introduction by Jo)
4.25 Diana Feick – Research report: Emotions and group autonomy (intro by Hayo)
4.35 Dominic Edsall – Research report: A pilot project on teacher negotiation of learner autonomy (introduction by Jo)
4.45 Satoko Kato – Innovative practice: Enhancing professional well-being of teachers and advisors through reflective dialogue  (introduction by Hayo)
4.50 Maria de la Paz Adelia Peña Clavel – Book review: Emotions in Second Language Teaching by Juan De Dios Martinez Agudo (Ed.) (introduction by Hayo)
4.55 Tim Murphey – Featured presentation: The emotional impact of adding social testing components to regular tests and quizzes (introduction by Scott)
5.15 Eduardo Castro – Featured presentation: Emotions in advising in language learning (introduction by Satoko)
5.30 Wrap up / thanks (Hayo / Jo / Satoko)

Visitors from Bangkok!

We were delighted to host MA students and professors from the School of Liberal Arts, King Mongkut’s University and Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thailand this week. Our guests were able to participate in English classes, visit the Thai area in the MULC and chat to professors and students of Thai, and talk to students at the English Lounge.