PCE 2020

Friday, April 17, 2020 – Manchester

Our 2020 Pre-Conference Event focus is:
Defining and contextualizing language learner autonomy: theory and practice

For more information about registering for our PCE, visit https://www.iatefl.org/conference/booking-information.

Abstract: There seems to be a growing tendency for ‘autonomy’ and ‘autonomous’ to be used without much awareness of their history in language teaching theory and practice. The 2020 PCE will address this issue. Our plenary speaker, David Little, of Trinity College Dublin, will define language learner autonomy for the 21st century, explaining where his definition comes from, how it is supported by empirically grounded theory, and what it implies for language teaching and learning, whether in classrooms, self-access centres or online learning environments. The remainder of the day will explore the challenges that this definition is likely to pose in different educational contexts and geographical locations. An interactive poster session will provide opportunities to find out about learner autonomy projects in different countries; a workshop will introduce tried and tested approaches to motivating and empowering learners of all ages, from all backgrounds and at all proficiency levels; and a world café will give participants a chance to discuss possible solutions to the challenges they face in their particular context. We’re looking forward to interactive discussions and to generating new ideas with you in Manchester.

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2020 PCE Programme

IATEFL LASIG Pre-Conference Event, April 17, 2020 Our 2020 PCE, Defining and contextualizing language learner autonomy: theory and practice, will feature a plenary by David Little, a workshop by Carmen Becker and Annika Albrecht, poster presentations by 10 presenters from around the world, and much, much more! We hope you can join us to learn… Continue reading 2020 PCE Programme

Plenary: David Little

Our plenary speaker, David Little, of Trinity College Dublin, will define language learner autonomy for the 21st century, explaining where his definition comes from, how it is supported by empirically grounded theory, and what it implies for language teaching and learning, whether in classrooms, self-access centres or online learning environments. About David David Little is… Continue reading Plenary: David Little

Workshop

This interactive workshop, led by Carmen Becker and Annika Albrecht, will start with a short survey through which participants reflect their own learning spaces for foreign language learning. Participants will then gain an insight into the authentic foreign language development of a case study; this will serve as a basis for subsequent reflection in small… Continue reading Workshop

Poster presentations

LASIG’s PCE will feature 8 poster presentations: Micòl Beseghi: Using translation for learner autonomy I will show how using authentic translation tasks in the foreign language classroom can be beneficial in terms of harnessing learners’ autonomous behaviour and creating a collaborative learning environment as well as a community of practice.   Diana Brown: Challenging teaching… Continue reading Poster presentations