2019 PCE Plenary speakers

LASIG’s 2019 PCE will feature two plenary speakers: Ema Ushioda, Warwick, who will be talking about ‘Motivational perspectives when developing language learner autonomy’ and Giovanna Tassinari, Berlin, who will be giving a talk on ‘Opening spaces for learning: language advising for autonomy’.

About Ema’s plenary: Motivational perspectives when developing language learner autonomy

The development of language learner autonomy clearly entails a degree of willingness, or motivation, to take responsibility for managing your own learning. Supporting students in developing language learner autonomy thus means supporting their motivation to engage with this process. In this talk, I will explore the role of motivation in language learner autonomy, and the role of teachers in fostering this motivation.

Ema Ushioda is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK. She has research interests in motivation and autonomy in language learning, and in qualitative methods of inquiry. Recent books include International perspectives on motivation: Language learning and professional challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), Teaching and researching motivation (co-authored by Dörnyei, Longman, 2011), and Motivation, language identity and the L2 self (co-edited by Dörnyei, Multilingual Matters, 2009).

About Giovanna’s plenary: Opening spaces for learning: language advising for autonomy

With the establishment of self-access language centres (SALCs), language advising has been introduced as a form of support for language learners. In non-directive and reflective dialogues, language advisors help learners to take ownership of their learning journeys. For language education professionals (teachers), language advising means opening up to new perspectives and acquiring different skills. In this talk, I will illustrate some principles of language advising and support strategies for professionals.

Maria Giovanna Tassinari is Director of the Centre for Independent Language Learning at the Language Centre of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Her research interests are learner autonomy, language advising, and affect in language learning. She is co-editor of several books and author of articles and chapters in German, English and French.