Presenter: Satomi Shibata, Tokoha Gakuen University, Japan
This presentation will summarize an example of the counselor’s role in a relatively small Self-Access Center (SAC) for language learning in universities in Japan. The study used autoethnography as its research method to look closely at the counselor’s role. Autoethnography enables the author to describe her role as a counselor in SACs in Japanese universities. This study eventually helped the author analyze the counseling she has been providing and realize that the counselor is required to provide not only macro-counseling but also micro-counseling connecting the elements necessary in SACs, such as teaching assistants, other language learners, and language learning materials, and to create secure space for learners to have macro-counseling sessions supporting language learning.