International Self-Access Forum, September 13

Date: Thursday September 13th
Time: Lunchtime (12.15 to 1.05)
Place: Room 8116
Open to: KUIS faculty, staff and students – all welcome!
Details
Join this informal discussion forum and consider current and future trends in self-access learning. The session will feature short inputs from two international guests who are well known in the field of learner autonomy and self-access. We will also touch on themes that emerge at the Independent Learning Association conference (Kobe, September 5-8, 2018) and discuss questions related to the role of self-access in the promotion of language learner autonomy. If you would like to meet with either of our visiting researchers during their visit, please send an email to salc@kanda.kuis.ac.jp indicating your availability.

Special guests

ludwig.2015Dr. Christian Ludwig (University of Education, Karlsruhe, Germany) is the Head of the English Department and Director of the Language Learning Centre. His teaching and research interests include enhancing learner autonomy in the EFL classroom as well as Computer-Assisted Language Learning. His main focus of research lies in the reconstruction of gender and other identities in contemporary young adult dystopias and South African literature. Since 2015 he has been the coordinator of the IATEFL Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group and external consultant for Cornelsen Publishing. He has been a visiting scholar at, among others, Universities in South Africa and Belgium.

Developing students’ writing skills and learner autonomy in a university writing clinic — First insights and future plans

This short input will report on the first results of a small-scale study investigating students’ perceptions of a our university writing clinic. The purpose of the writing clinic is to guide students of English (and other subjects in the future) through their academic writing and help them become more autonomous writers of academic texts. The first results of the pre- and main study show quite positive results and will serve as a basis for further research.

brighton2Dr. Maria Giovanna Tassinari is Director of the Centre for Independent Language Learning at the Language Centre of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Her research interests are learner autonomy, language advising, and affect in language learning. She is co-editor of several books and author of articles and chapters in German, English and French.

SALCs in Higher Education (in the age of digital communication): Opportunities and challenges

Fostering language learning autonomy in higher education requires a balance between giving students the possibility to take advantage of free spaces for decision-making, and meeting institutional constraints. Although several SALCs provide a variety of resources, such as tandem programmes, learning support, workshops and language advising, the link between SALC / informal learning and institutional learning still needs to be improved. In order to strengthen this link, learner and teacher development is needed to support the shift from a still teacher-centred and formal conception of language learning and teaching to an integrated vision of language learning inside and outside the institution. In this contribution, I will illustrate how these questions are discussed at my institution and as part of the agenda of a network of SALCs in Higher Education in Germany.