LASIG volunteers

LASIG is organised by a group of unpaid volunteers and helped out by an advisory board. To get in touch with any of our volunteers or to become one yourself, contact us. We invite all members to help out in determining the direction of the SIG.

Joint Coordinator

Giovanna Tassinari is Director of the Centre for Independent Language Learning at the Language Centre of the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. She works as language advisor and as teacher trainer. Her research interests are learner autonomy, language advising, and emotion and feelings in language learning. She is co-editor of several books and author of articles… Continue reading Joint Coordinator

Joint Coordinator

Lawrie Moore-Walter is a US American lecturer and teacher trainer who has been living in Austria since 1997. She teaches ESP and EAP at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna. Lawrie’s passion is teacher training and she is the Main Course Tutor for CELTA courses in Austria. She especially enjoys supporting new EFL teachers… Continue reading Joint Coordinator

Digital Events Coordinator

Metin Esen is an instructor of English at Sabancı University, School of Languages, İstanbul, Turkey. He holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, and DELTA Level 7 Diploma by Cambridge University Assessment. He is also doing a PhD in English Language Teaching at Middle East Technical University. He is actively… Continue reading Digital Events Coordinator

Events Organiser

Katja Heim is a Senior Lecturer (Akademische Rätin) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. In 2007, she received her PhD in the field of EFL Methodology, the focus being on promoting Learner Autonomy in Primary English Teaching. Learner Autonomy is still at the core of her research interests, often in combination with the use of… Continue reading Events Organiser

Membership Officer

Micòl Beseghi teaches English Language and Translation at the University of Parma, Italy, where she also works as a language advisor. She holds a PhD in Comparative Languages and Cultures from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Her main research interests and publications include learner autonomy in foreign language learning, language advising and the role… Continue reading Membership Officer

SIG Showcase Day Organiser

Sandro John Amendolara teaches Autonomous Language Learning Modules (ALMS), Intercultural-Communication and Academic Writing to Masters and Doctoral students at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He has been deeply absorbed by Leaner Autonomy for well over a decade, and has been a member of the LASIG committee since Spring 2016.

Newsletter Editor

Jon Thomas is a university lecturer in the field of EFL, as well as content creator and lecturer in ESP for the hospitality industry in Japan. He holds an MBA, an MEd in post-secondary studies, and is preparing for a doctorate’s degree in global studies in education. His research interests include constructivism, technology in the… Continue reading Newsletter Editor

Newsletter Editor

Michelle Tamala, Australia, has extensive experience both as a teacher and learner of second languages. She commenced her teaching career as a teacher of  languages other than English in the Australian secondary school system. More recently Michelle managed EAP courses; teaching as well as designing curriculum and syllabus. A significant part of her career was… Continue reading Newsletter Editor

Social Media Manager

Gamze A. Sayram has a background in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. She teaches at the Macquarie University ELC. Currently, she is working towards a PhD degree in Education and her focus area is Learner Autonomy in Higher Education. Her research interests include socio-cognitive linguistics, digital pedagogies, designing learning, creative thinking and transformational learning.