Upcoming LASIG Webinars
Hyper polyglots: what can they teach us?
Thursday, October 19th
Abstract: Self-styled hyper-polyglots proliferate on the Internet, each offering a plethora of advice and merchandise. Are they to be taken seriously? This webinar evaluates some of their claims, and suggests some takeaways, with special reference to autonomous learning.
Scott Thornbury teaches on the MA TESOL program at The New School in New York. His previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain, and in his native New Zealand. His writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology. His most recent book is Scott Thornbury’s 30 Language Teaching Methods, to be published next year by Cambridge. He is series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers. His website is www.scottthornbury.com
Self-access language learning in the web 2.0 era
Date will follow soon.
Abstract: Self-access learning has been an important part of mainstream language learning since the 1970s. For many years, self-access centres provided materials and outside class learning opportunities that would normally be unavailable to students. However, in the digital era, we must examine previous paradigms of self-access learning and consider how we best support learning outside the classroom. In this podcast, I will focus on three questions:
Jo Mynard is an associate professor and the Director of the Self-Access Learning Centre at Kanda University of International Studies in Japan. She has an M.Phil. in Applied Linguistics from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland and an Ed.D. in TEFL from the University of Exeter, UK. She has been involved in facilitating self-access language learning since 1996 and is the founding editor of Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal.