Upcoming LASIG Webinars
Self-access language learning in the web 2.0 era
Date will follow
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.
Locating autonomous practices in contemporary arenas for language learning
6 May, 2017 10 am
Abstract: Since the early 1980s the prevailing focus of research into learner autonomy has been on formal learning settings (including self-access) where the teacher or facilitator has an evident role. However, more recently the tools, settings and practices for language learning have expanded and there has been a growing recognition of the significance of learning beyond the classroom. With reference to two studies of learner autonomy in out-of-class arenas for for language learning, this paper explores how we can locate and investigate learner autonomy practices beyond the classroom. The webinar also engages with questions about whether and how teachers can add value to learner autonomy practices within and across contemporary arenas for language learning. Implications for theory, research and practice are discussed.
Cynthia White is Professor of Applied Linguistics, Massey University, New Zealand and has published widely on strategies, emotion and learner autonomy in distance and online learning. She is on the Editorial Boards of eight international journals, including TESOL Quarterly and is Associate Editor for Language Learning & Technology. She has been plenary speaker at international conferences and workshops in Germany, Thailand, Singapore, China, UK, Hawai'i and Malaysia and has completed collaborative research projects with Oxford University, Open University UK and Nottingham University.