Talk by Dr. Ward Peeters, 29 May: Online peer interaction

Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education (RILAE) Research Forum

Date: Wednesday 29 May
Room: 8116
Time: 12:15 – 13:00
All welcome!

Online peer interaction – What does it take for our learners to communicate?

In this talk, we delve into the ins and outs of online peer interaction. Using examples from a study on the use of social media in language education, we explore the ways in which learners interact with each other when engaged in language learning activities. Continue reading

Visit by Hayo Reinders: Two workshops

Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education (RILAE) workshops
All KUIS faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend two RILAE workshops offered by Professor Hayo Reinders on 8th and 10th May at lunchtime. The theme is analysing learner language and in particular, metaphor analysis. A similar session was offered last year, but is being offered again by popular demand and is part of a series of workshops related to analysing learner language.

In this session we will think about ways of analysing learner language and look at metaphors and their place in learners’ accounts of their language learning journeys. Metaphors are an integral part of how we express ourselves and a reflection of who we are – and how we see ourselves. Continue reading

SiSAL Journal 10(1) published

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Volume 10, Number 1, March 2019

Special Issue: Papers from the Third Psychology of Language Learning Conference

Edited by David Mcloughlin and Jo Mynard

Complete issue




  • Introduction to the Special Issue: Papers from the Third Psychology of Language Learning Conference by David McLoughlin and Jo Mynard (1-4) [full text] [PDF]

Research Papers

  • Motivational Dynamics in Language Advising Sessions: A Case Study by Eduardo Castro (5-20) [full text] [PDF]
  • Primary Teachers’ Experiences in Preparing to Teach Irish: Views on Language Proficiency and Promoting the Language by Claire M. Dunne (21-43) [full text] [PDF]
  • Chinese Language Learner Motivation: Vision, Socialization and Progression by Junqing Jia (44-60) [full text] [PDF]
  • A Pedagogical Attempt to Promote Japanese College EFL Learners’ Self-Growth by Masao Kanaoka (61-78) [full text] [PDF]
  • Longitudinal Trajectories of Emotions in Four Dimensions Through Language Advisory Sessions by Ryo Moriya (79-110) [full text] [PDF]

Work in Progress

  • Exploring Third-Age Foreign Language Learning from the Well-being Perspective: Work in Progress by Dorota Matsumoto (111-116) [full text] [PDF]
  • Exploring Facilitative and Debilitative Spaces: A Shift in Focus from Classrooms to Learning Systems by Nathan Thomas (117-125) [full text] [PDF]


  • Conference Review of Psychology of Language Learning 3, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan (June 7-10, 2018) by Greg Rouault and Colin Skeates (126-134) [full text] [PDF]

Upcoming Events

  • The International Association for Psychology of Language Learning (IAPLL), 4th International Conference June 24-28, 2020, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia in Canada.


Cover photo by Jo Mynard taken at PLL3, Tokyo, Japan. June, 2018.

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Recent Publications by SALC Team Members and RILAE Researchers

Arnott, C., Curry, N., Lyon, P., & Mynard, J. (2019). Measuring the effectiveness of time management training in EFL classes: Phase 1 of a mixed methods study. Relay Journal, 2(1), 86-101.

Bennett, P. A. (2019) The effects of music in the foreign language learning classroom. Relay Journal, 2(1), 6-16.

Brown, J., & Davies, H. (2019). Introduction to the column: Exploring individual differences through case studies. Relay Journal, 2(1), 102-103. Continue reading

SALC bulletin, April 2019

Welcome to the new academic year!

I hope the new academic year has started well. Here is brief summary of some of the ways in which the SALC can support you and your students (scroll down). For more information, feel free to:

Wishing you a productive and fulfilling academic year!

Dr. Jo Mynard, SALC Director (on behalf of the SALC team) Continue reading