Editorial team

LASIG’s editorial team is responsible for preparing and publishing our newsletter, Independence. The editors source contributions, coordinate with writers, proofread articles, and prepare them for publishing. You can get in touch with LASIG’s editorial team here.

LASIG editors:

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 classroom, and CLIL. He has experience as an event planner for a regional chapter of JALT and is a proofreader/editor of research papers, as well as an educational consultant.

Tracie MacKenzie is Co-Director of the Academic Literacies Program at Franklin University Switzerland, where her interests are focused on the teaching of writing, learner training and development, and sociolinguistics. She has also worked extensively as an editor for publications from the Catholic University of Milan. Originally from the US,  she has lived in Italy since 1993. 

Dr Lesley June Fearn is an affiliate researcher with the Open University’s (UK) Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS). She has also worked as an English teacher in a secondary school in southern Italy for over thirty years. As well as learner autonomy, Lesley’s research interests lie in education technology and online community projects.