Events team

LASIG plans a number of online and in-person events each year. We aim to reach a wide audience with our events and offer many of them free of charge. To see what events are coming up and to read about past events, visit our events page.

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 Digital Media in English lessons, Action Research in Teacher Education and Inclusive Practices. Katja has co-hosted two local LASIG events at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the first one in 2010 with a focus on Involving Language Learners – Success Stories and Constraints. The second local event, in November 2018, was the first event of an ongoing initiative on Reforming the Foreign Language Classroom – Empowering Students to Take Ownership. In the LASIG committee, Katja is one of the two Local Events Organizers, i.e. it is her role to support those who host local events.

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 involved in in-service teacher training and continuous professional development activities as teacher educator. He has published research on the areas of continuous professional development and learner autonomy. His interests include teaching English as a foreign language, English for academic purposes, professional development, teacher training, continuous professional development, autonomous learning, advising in language learning, and technology in language education.

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 Learner Autonomy for well over a decade, and has been a member of the LASIG committee since Spring 2016.