RILAE Research Forum: Guest lecture by Hisako Yamashita

We are delighted to announce that we will have a special guest at our upcoming RILAE Research Forum. Hisako Yamashita from Konan Women’s University in Kobe, Japan will give a presentation on affect the the roles of peers in developing learner autonomy. Students and staff welcome! (Visitors, please email us:

Date: Thursday 11th July
Time: 12.20 to 13.00
Location: 8116

Affect and Roles of Peers in Developing Learner Autonomy

What roles do peers have in the development of learner autonomy, specifically in establishing learning strategies? Considering social interaction as a core part of the learning process (rather than the more common method of individualized self-instruction on learning strategies), I designed a series of interactive peer class activities to facilitate learners in developing their unique learning strategies and self-regulating their learning outside of the classroom. I will share interim findings from an ongoing study being conducted at a university in Japan. The analysis of peer dialogues and survey data shows the importance of peers and how learner affect is influenced by and contributes to the development of their learning strategies and their development as autonomous learners.

hisakoHisako Yamashita is a lecturer and learning advisor at Konan Women’s University in Kobe, Japan. She is the current Student Involvement Coordinator for the Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL) and is the Reviews Editor ofStudies in Self-Access Learning Journal. She specializes in developing autonomous learners in various contexts and in training learning advisors. Her research interests include affordances and reflective dialogues, peer interactions, and learner autonomy.