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.

19 November 2022: webinar: Universal Sharing-and-Caring Advising, Well-Becoming, and Narrativising with Tim Murphey

17 September 2022: one-day conference on autonomy in language learning: Reforming the foreign language classroom – empowering students to take ownership III

15 May 2022: PCE in Belfast with plenary speaker Sarah Mercer

15 January 2022: Teacher Autonomy in the EFL Classroom: How to Teach Ourselves to Fish for a Lifetime with Ebru Sınar Okutucu and Metin Esen.

September 11, 2021: IATEFL LASIG Post-Conference Event. Our 2021 PCE focused on Defining and contextualizing language learner autonomy: theory and practice and featured David Little as our plenary speaker, two interactive workshops by Frank Lacey and Carmen Becker/Annika Albrecht, as well as several mini-presentations.

June 28-30, 2021: ILA-LASIG 2021: Developing Learner Autonomy in Language Learning with National Autonomous University of Mexico National School of Languages, Linguistics and Translation Mediateca. View recordings of this conference.

April 24, 2021: Self-Directed Learning and Advising in Language Education with Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University School of Foreign Languages.

April 3, 2021: Why, how and what of advising in language learning 2 with Satoko Kato, Gamze Güven Yalçın and Stephanie Lea Howard. Recording available for members.

March 27, 2021: Workshop with Leni Dam: Language learner autonomy and inclusion at the secondary level. The workshop consisted of two short inputs in plenary followed by activities in breakout rooms.

December 12, 2020: Online symposium: Supporting teacher and learner agency. More information about this event

June 30, 2020: Facing the challenges of distance learning web conference. Recording available for members.

June 13, 2020: Turning to tech in the age of distance by Lucius Von Joo. Recording available for members.

May 8, 2020: Strengthening the teacher-student relationship while supporting autonomy led by Christian Ludwig and Lawrie Moore-Walter. Recording available for members.

April 19, 2020: IATEFL Global Get-Together panel on sustainable online teaching & learning. Read some of the chat questions from this session.

April 1, 2020: Learner Autonomy in the Time of Corona: Supporting Learners and Teachers in Turbulent Days with Sarah Mercer, Micòl Beseghi, Katja Heim, Michelle Tamala, and Gamze Sayram. Recording available for members.

March 11, 2020: Why, how and what of advising in language learning with Satoko Kato, Gamze Güven Yalçın and Stephanie Lea Howard. Recording available for members.

November 18, 2019: Webinar with Maria de la Paz Adelia Peña Clavel. Learning from each other—Teletandem: an environment for enhancing autonomy. Recording available for members.

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. Watch video reflections about the conference in Braunschweig.

June 1, 2019: Webinar with Anja Burkert. Promoting interaction and dialogue in the university classroom. Recording available for members.

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? Recording available for members.

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. Recording available for members.

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. Recording available for members.

October 19, 2017: Scott Thornbury webinar. Hyper polyglots: what can they teach us? Recording available for members.

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. Recording available for members.