Online event: Monday 4th June. Affect and learner autonomy

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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)

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

Online event 16th November: Evaluating learner autonomy

You are warmly invited to attend an online event organised by the Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education (RILAE) on November 16th on the theme of evaluating learner autonomy. We are calling it a ‘LAb session’ and it is the first of (hopefully) many more. As this is the first one, it is somewhat experimental, but do drop in and support us. We will also record it so you can listen later.

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Online LAb Session 1: Evaluating autonomous language learning

The aim of the online LAb Sessions is to facilitate the global exchange of research and best practice on autonomy in language education. [read more about the LAb sessions]

LAb Session 1: Evaluating autonomous language learning

Abstracts and schedule:
Date: November 16th, 2017
Time: 3pm-5pm Tokyo time streamed live and recorded
Theme: Evaluating autonomous language learning
Location: Online via GoToMeeting  [ / access code: 380-901-797  
Featured speakers: Carol J. Everhard, (formerly) Aristotle University, Greece; Maria Giovanna Tassinari, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany; Ellie Law, University of Hong Kong; Paul Moore, University of Queensland, Australia.
Other speakers: Michael Burke, Huw Davies, Curtis Edlin, Satoko Watkins, Kanda University of International Studies
Moderators: Hayo Reinders, Unitec, New Zealand; Jo Mynard, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan Continue reading

Presentation at the 3rd International Language and Language Teaching Conference, Indonesia

Learning advisor Huw Davies presented the following paper at the 3rd International Language and Language Teaching Conference at Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Friday and Saturday 21-22 October.

Pursuing Autonomy through dialogue

In a self-access centre at a university in Japan, language learners create and implement individual learning plans. This presentation will show how reflective dialogue (Kato & Mynard, 2016) is used to encourage these learners to pursue their language goals and become increasingly less reliant on direction from the teacher. Continue reading

Conference Presentation in Mexico City

Dr. Jo Mynard presented at the International Conference on Self-Access (Encuentro Internacional de Centros de Autoacceso, EICA ) held at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM) from the 4th to the 5th August, 2016. The conference theme was Nuevos escenarios en torno a la autonomía del aprendizaje de lenguas extranjeras (new scenarios in autonomy for foreign language learning) and was attended by approximately 280 delegates. Her abstract is pasted below and slides can be accessed here.

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