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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Analysing L2 interaction in and beyond the classroom (online workshop) August 2, 13:45-14:30

Date: August 2 (sorry for the previous incorrect information)
Time: 13:45-14:30
Aimed at: Teachers / learning advisors
Presenter: Professor Hayo Reinders
Location: Online:


In the third workshop in the ‘analysing learner language’ series we will look at tools for analysing L2 interaction from our own classes/advising sessions and work out 1) a research aim and 2) the most appropriate tools for analysis. If you were unable to attend either or both of the previous workshops, don’t worry. You may want to read this introductory chapter. For all, please read this chapter.  You may bring some data of your own, or we will provide data during the session. If you would like to use your own, bring a transcription of 5-10 minutes of either classroom or advising (or self-access activity) interaction, either student-student or student-teacher.

Bonus: Publication and presentation opportunities

Guest presentation by Masuko Miyahara, ICU. 2 November.

Date: Thursday November 2, 2017
Room: 8116
Time: 12.15 – 1.00 (or until 1.30 to continue the discussion)

Narratives in Language Learning Research: Towards Building a Reflexive Framework

Masuko Miyahara, Ph D. (International Christian University, Tokyo)


Taking a narrative approach in language learning research is nothing new. However, theoretical and methodological issues that emerge in the research process, particularly, ideas and practices relating to analyzing and reporting narrative data are areas that warrant much discussion. Continue reading

Presentation by Christina Gkonou, University of Essex, UK. Nov 15.

Title: Optimizing language learning and emotional wellbeing through emotion-regulation strategies

Date: Wednesday 15th November
Time; 3.00 – 4.30pm
Location: 8116
All welcome


Language learning is an emotionally laden experience due to shifts to learners’ identities and to a number of face-threatening and ego-involving situations that might pertain to language classrooms (Dewaele, 2010; Gkonou, Daubney, & Dewaele, 2017; Gregersen & MacIntyre, 2014; Oxford, 2017). 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