Past events

We host and sponsor many events throughout the year. Here are some recent events.

Recordings of selected events are available for members only. Become a member to view recordings or receive other membership benefits, or contact us if you are already a member. We’ll send you the password.

September 6, 2019: Reforming the foreign language classroom – empowering students to take ownership II. The second event in a series focused on language learning in school settings that already provide learners with some responsibility for their learning in so-called alternative schools and schools that have taken their first steps towards supporting Learner Autonomy.

June 1, 2019: Anja Burkert webinar. Promoting interaction and dialogue in the university classroom. Watch the recording of Anja’s webinar

April 1-5, 2019: IATEFL Annual Conference in Liverpool. Our Pre-Conference Event (PCE) in Liverpool focused on the key question of how educators can be supported in developing language learner autonomy. The PCE was interactive and informative and gave participants the chance to exchange ideas and learn about projects from around the world. Read more about the 2019 PCE. We also hosted a LASIG Showcase Day where nearly all of our selected sessions were full. Read more about the 2019 Showcase Day.

November 23, 2018: Autonomy in language learning conference, Essen. Together with IATEFL / LASIG, the Applied Linguistics-Didactics Section of the Dept. of Anglophone Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen hosted a one-day conference on autonomy in language learning. The focus of the event was on learning languages in school settings that already provide learners with some responsibility for their learning, e.g. in the so-called alternative schools or in networks of schools that are concerned with shaping their learning environments for the future.

September 21-22, 2018: LASIG conference in Brno, Czech Republic. The event, titled The teacher’s role in development of learner autonomy, explored the specific and ever-changing role that the language teacher plays within the context of autonomous learning. Read more about this event in Brno.

September 22, 2018: Varinder Unlu webinar. Self-Organised Learning Environments – do they work? Watch the recording of Varinder’s webinar (LASIG members only)

April 9-13, 2018: IATEFL annual conference, Brighton. We hosted a pre-conference event (PCE)  and a SIG day. The PCE featured 16 poster presentations about learner autonomy projects from around the world. Some highlights from our SIG day were sessions on peer assessment, reflection, learning from our learners and online platforms, just to name a few.

January 26, 2018: Hayo Reinders webinar. Augmented reality for encouraging out-of-class learning. Watch the recording of Hayo’s webinar (LASIG members only)

November 25, 2018: IATEFL web conference. Developing learner autonomy in practice. Our panelists started with brief statements, after which they answered questions from viewers and shared their opinions and experiences. Watch the recording of the web conference (LASIG members only)

October 19, 2017: Scott Thornbury webinar. Hyper polyglots: what can they teach us? Watch the recording of Scott’s webinar (LASIG members only)

June 2-3, 2017: Conference, Graz. The conference was devoted to taking stock of what has been achieved so far in the field of language learner autonomy.

June 2, 2017: Annamaria Pinter webinar. From passive objects of research to co-researchers: children developing autonomous skills.