“Advising for Language learner Autonomy” November 12th 2011.

Kanda University of International Studies and the IATEFL Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group (LASIG) held a conference in Japan on 12th November, 2011. This event was organized in collaboration with the Japan Association for Self-access Learning (JASAL), Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages (KIFL) and the JALT Learner Development SIG.

The theme of the one day conference was “Advising for language learner autonomy” and was intended to be of particular interest to language educators working as learning advisors, or teachers who are concerned with promoting language learner autonomy. The event theme also covers peer advising with a particular focus on the way in which peer advising fosters learner autonomy.  The event included presentations on the following themes related to advising in language learning:

1. Training and professional development of learning advisors and peer advisors
2. Research and practice in advising
3. Peer advising
4. Advising tools
5. The dialogue and discourse of advising
6. Context-related issues in advising

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Invited speakers

Lucy Cooker, University of Birmingham, UK (opening remarks)
Christopher Candlin, Macquarie University, Australia (closing session)

Proceedings: The conference proceedings takes the form of (1) a special issue of SiSAL Journal published in March 2012, (2) an e-book published by IATEFL in May 2012.