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

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Self determination theory: A framework for understanding teaching and learning environments (June 12, 2019)

Wednesday June 12, Room 8116, 12.15 – 13.00

Self-Determination theory (SDT) is a theory of motivation and wellness that can guide research and practice in many life spheres. In this informal session, we will begin by taking a brief look at some of the main aspects of the theory. After that, we will have opportunities to share brief details of some projects in progress in order to consider the relevance of SDT for language learning and teaching. Feel free to join us to discuss ways we might draw upon the decades of research in SDT in order to understand our teaching and learning more deeply. See session Slides

June 12 2019 forum_ Self determination theory_ A framework for understanding teaching and learning environments

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Dr. Ward Peeters to participate in the International Falling Walls Lab, Tokyo

Dr. Ward Peeters, research fellow at the Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education (RILAE), has been selected to participate in the Falling Walls Lab Tokyo.

The Falling Walls Lab is an international forum for the next generation of outstanding innovators and creative thinkers. Its aim is to promote exceptional ideas and to connect promising scientists and entrepreneurs from all fields on a global level.

Representing our university, Dr. Peeters will have 3 minutes to present his research to peers, a high-calibre jury made up of experts from academia and business, and the general public.
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Forum at JALT: Understanding Learner Autonomy Through Research

We were delighted to hear that our forum proposal was accepted for the upcoming JALT conference in Nagoya (1-4 November)!

Title: Understanding Learner Autonomy Through Research
Format: Forum
Content area: Learner Agency (LA)
Presenters: Wongsarnpigoon, Isra – Kanda University of International Studies; Peeters, Ward – Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education; Shelton-Strong, Scott – Kanda University of International Studies; Mynard, Jo – Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education; Ohashi, Louise – Meiji University; Tweed, Andrew D. – Meijo University; Watkins, Satoko – Kanda University of International Studies
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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