Upcoming Webinar

We are pleased to announce that our next webinar, Self-Organised Learning Environments – do they work?, by Varinder Unlu, will be held on September, 21st at 14:40 BST (British Summer Time) / 15:40 CET (Central European Time).

You can join the webinar here: https://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/_a875541554/lasigwebinars/

Scrolling down the IATEFL website https://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/_a875541554/lasigwebinars/ you will find the link to the webinar room and a link to a world clock, to check your local time: https://www.iatefl.org/web-events/webinars

The webinar is free and open to IATEFL members as well as non-members.


Self-Organised Learning Environments (SOLEs) are created when educators encourage students to work as a community to answer big questions using the Internet. Students are free to organise their own groups and are then asked to present their findings to the rest of the class towards the end of the lesson. The teacher facilitates the presentation, review and feedback session providing encouragement and posing further questions. In this session I will be presenting research findings on the impact of SOLEs and how they can help create a more autonomous and collaborative classroom.


Varinder Unlu has worked in ELT for 26 years in all contexts from private language schools to FE and HE, teaching students of all ages. She has been a DOS/Academic Manager since 2002.  She is currently Academic Manager at Glion Institute of Higher Education. She is also a teacher trainer for both Cambridge CELTA and Trinity TESOL, a materials writer and a conference speaker. She is the coordinator of the Inclusive Practices and SENs IATEFL SIG..

More about our webinar series: 

LASIG regularly hosts webinars on issues related to foreign language learner and teacher autonomy. The webinars are free both for members and non members. We are  currently looking for people interested in giving a webinar. The timing of the webinars is flexible. If you are new to webinars, don’t be put off. We can offer you training and support.

For more about previous webinars, view our past events.

Your webinar can but doesn’t have to be linked to one of the following topics:

  • Learners’ and teachers’ autonomy stories
  • Teacher roles in supporting learner autonomy
  • Teacher autonomy
  • Teacher development for learner/teacher autonomy
  • Language advising
  • Self-access language learning
  • Out-of-class learning
  • Spaces and places for autonomous foreign language learning
  • Web tools for developing autonomous foreign language learning
  • Affect in autonomous foreign language learning and teaching
  • Identity, beliefs and emotions in autonomous (foreign) language learning and teaching
  • Strategies for language learning
  • Social dimensions of autonomous foreign language learning
  • Autonomy from a complexity perspective

We are also looking for organisations looking to share their experiences with autonomy in institutional contexts. This is a part of our combined Independence and webinar series, which features institutions around the world that implement learner autonomy programs.

If you have insight into any of the above topics and you’d like to share them with others, please contact us.