Our 2017 web conference panel speakers
Leni Dam has been involved in the development of learner autonomy ever since 1973 – especially in her role as a teacher at secondary level in Denmark and in her role as educational adviser at the University College of Copenhagen. In 2004, she received an honorary PhD in pedagogy from Karlstad University, Sweden. In the years 2008-2016 she was Joint Coordinator of the IATEFL Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group. She continues to be actively involved in spreading the word about learner autonomy – especially in practice - via workshops, talks, and publications in as well as outside Denmark. Her latest publication Language learner autonomy: Theory, Practice, and Research from Multilingual Matters together with David Little and Lienhard Legenhausen has just come out.
Lienhard Legenhausen is Professor Emeritus, University of Münster, and Visiting Professor, National University of Cherkasy, Ukraine. He is a committee member of IATEFL’s Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group. His research interests relate to the development of learner languages, and in cooperation with Leni Dam they carried out the LAALE project (Language Acquisition in an Autono-mous Learning Environment). Together with David Little and Leni Dam he co-authored Language Learner Autonomy – Theory, Practice and Research, published by Multilingual Matters in 2017.
Gail Ellis is Adviser Young Learners and Quality for the British Council and based in Paris. Her publications include Learning to Learn English, The Primary English Teacher’s Guide, Tell it Again! and Teaching children how to learn co-authored with Nayr Ibrahim and which won a prize in last year’s English Speaking Union English Language Awards. Her main interests are children’s literature, young learner ELT management and inclusive education.
Anja Burkert is a teacher of English (and French) at the University of Graz, Austria. She holds a Ph.D. in language teaching methodology and is especially interested in the promotion of learner autonomy among her students and the use of English for academic purposes. She obtained a teaching award from her university in 2010. In 2008, she joined the committee of the LASIG (Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group) of IATEFL and is currently serving as LASIG day organiser and local events organiser.
Katherine Thornton (MA TESOL, University of Leeds) has worked in ELT for 15 years, the last nine as a learning advisor. She is Associate Professor at Otemon Gakuin University, Osaka, Japan where she is the Program Director of E-CO (English Café at Otemon), the university’s self-access centre, which she founded. She is a former president of the Japan Association of Self-Access Learning (JASAL) and a column editor of Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal. Her research focusses on policy and practice in self-access language learning.
Katja Heim, Germany
Giovanna Tassinari, Germany
Christian Ludwig, Germany