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

SALC information for KUIS teachers, 2018-9

teacher guide

Download this PDF ebooklet and save it in iBooks for future reference. It contains the following information:
– SALC staff
– SALC orientations for students
– SALC workshops
– SALC resources
– Learning advisors assigned to support your classes (freshman only)

SALC January Bulletin

I hope you had a restful winter break. In our January SALC bulletin, I would like to let you know about some of the activities coming up in the coming weeks. As ever, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

SALC events and learning communities Continue reading

SALC December Bulletin

In our December SALC bulletin, we would like to give you an update on our research activities and also let you know about some of the events and activities coming up in the coming weeks.

RILAE (Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education) summary of activities:

  1. We have welcomed the following guests to KUIS to do invited talks this year:

      • Naoko Aoko, Osaka University
      • Masuko Miyahara, International Christian University, Tokyo
      • Christina Gkonou, University of Essex, UK
      • Hayo Reinders, Unitec, New Zealand
      • John Augeri, Isle de France Digital University, Paris, France
      • Paul Moore, University of Queensland, Australia
      • Ellie Law, University of Hong Kong
      • Adelia Peña Clavel, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico
  1. We held a free online event “LAb Session” related to evaluating learner autonomy on Thursday 16th November. Invited international speakers presented in addition to KUIS colleagues.

  1. We started a peer reviewed journal Relay Journal. The (temporary) website is here (there is an open call for papers with a January 10th deadline)

  2. We started a RILAE Facebook group to continue discussions about learner autonomy research (please join!)

  3. We established eight research clusters and are involved in several interesting projects

  4. We have started offering Learning Advisor Education courses. 10 teachers from Turkey came to KUIS for one week in November to participate in 5 days of workshops to successfully complete Course 1. Courses 2, 3 and 4 will be held online. Details of our courses can be found on our (temporary) website

SALC events and learning communities

Please check our website for details of daily events in the SALC. Everyone is welcome! Some highlights:

  • Tuesday lunchtime study buddies

  • Wednesday lunchtime discussion group

  • TED talks

  • Workshops related to culture / study abroad

  • Christmas-themed tea party on 22nd December (4-5pm)

Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL conference)

The SALC is proud to be hosting the upcoming annual JASAL conference on Saturday December 16th. The programme and registration details are available online.

All of the events will be held in KUIS 8, but you need to be registered to participate.

Best wishes on behalf of the SALC team,

Jo Mynard

SALC Director

SALC Bulletin for faculty, April 2017

As KUIS 8 has now been open for just over a week, we would like to share some initial observations with you and also remind you of some opportunities for students. Feel free to pass relevant information along to them. If you have any questions, feedback or suggestions for us, feel free to talk to any of us in the SALC (or email

1. Observations so far
The students are clearly excited about using the new space and SALC staff are working hard to make sure students are aware of all the opportunities available to them including working closely with ELI teachers during freshman classes. We are working on improved signage, developing the website, trying out different spaces and events, and making tweaks to the layout based on observations and student feedback.

2. Statistics
The SALC received on average more than 1000 visitors per day. (These figures are based on physical counting each hour and do not include the ELI Academic Support Area on the 2nd floor)

Table 1. Number of users per day


Table 2. Students using each area of the SALC

(SR – Study Room)

Table. Busiest times in the SALC


3. Language policy
Students are asked to use English only on the 2nd floor. This has been easy to maintain when teachers and LAs are on duty or when international students are present, but more support needs to be given to help them to use English with each other. Any language is OK on the 1st floor, but we are still discussing ways to actively encourage more target language practice.

4. Eating and drinking policy
Students are able to eat and drink anywhere in Building 8 apart from in the study rooms, in The Park, and near PCs (but bottled drinks are OK). Students have been following the policy well and keeping the facilities free of trash.

5. Cafe SALC

Cafe SALC opened on April 17th and is open limited hours at the moment. Students can order in English or Japanese. The cafe is run by the KUIS catering company (not the SALC). The cafe does not accept cash, only WAON cards which can be purchased at AEON.

Opening hours (for now)

Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 12.30 – 16.00

Tue 12.30 – 14.00


6. Credit modules and courses
All places on the SALC Effective Language Learning Courses have been filled again this semester. In addition, all places were filled on the optional credit SALC modules. In other words, more than 300 students will be working closely with learning advisors on setting and implementing self-directed learning plans this semester. We will be announcing whether there are places available to take a non-credit module after Golden Week. Enrollment for credit SALC modules and courses will open again in September for the fall semester.

7. Advising
Feel free to remind your students that they can use the Learning Help Desk or make a reservation to see a learning advisor. This is open to everyone, not just module takers. Advising is available in English, Japanese, Spanish, and Thai.

8. Ongoing orientations
Please refer to the e-booklet for teachers for details of ongoing workshops and orientation. The appendix lists the learning advisors who are assigned to each freshman class.

9. Workshops and events
We have a range of SALC workshops and events in April. We will be doing a call shortly inviting teachers to offer workshops from May onwards and details will be posted here Please can you remind your students about them.

10. Opportunities to use the SALC space
If you would like to use areas of the SALC such as The Stage or The Workshop with your students, you can make a reservation online Feel free to contact us in advance of your class if you need help with equipment, etc.

11. Learning materials
There is a map guiding students to the range of physical materials we have available. More details and links to online resources can be found on the website

If you would like to suggest materials for the SALC to purchase, please send requests to Miho Funakura. Please make sure that the requests are suitable for self-access learning and of potential interest to the KUIS student body.

12. Twitter and Facebook
Please encourage your students to follow us on Twitter and Facebook so that they learn about events, hear about recommended materials and strategies and keep up to date with SALC news.

Twitter: @elisalc

13. International student involvement
The SALC will be hosting two international student interns this semester and also calling for international students to volunteer in the SALC and participate in different events. Details will be available shortly.

14. The ELI Academic Support Area
The SALC team has been working closely with the ELI to make sure that the Academic Support Area is available to students. Students can make appointments and get help with writing and presentations, and can also practice conversations with teachers.

Students can also meet teachers casually at the yellow sofas (the English Lounge) at scheduled times.

Thanks for reading – and thanks again for helping us to support students in developing their language learner autonomy through the SALC services.

Welcome to the new academic year!

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We are very excited to be moving into building 8 and opening our doors to students on Friday 7th. Please bear with us as we get things ready for students and tweak the services as we go along this semester. We will keep you up to date with any changes via email and on this blog.

Please download the Information for Teachers e-booklet to learn more about how we will be supporting students this year.

Do not hesitate to contact any of us if you have a question.

Have a wonderful academic year!

Dr. Jo Mynard

November 2015 Bulletin: Student involvement in the SALC


Bulletin 6: November 2015. Student involvement in the SALC

One of our principles has always been that students should be involved in running the SALC. The benefits of involving students in this way include the following:

  • Students can help us to make decisions as representatives of the university
  • Students are role models for other students
  • Students have the opportunity to develop real work skills in an international working environment, for example, using English at work
  • Students have the opportunity to develop leadership skills
  • Students help us to promote the SALC for other students

In this bulletin we will look at two student groups that are crucial to the success of the SALC and their roles and activities; the SALC student staff ‘SALCers’ and the SALC Student Committee ‘SSC’.


SALC Student Staff ‘SALCers’ Continue reading