Welcome to the AILA Research Network on Learner Autonomy


This AILA Research Network (ReN) is a group of just over 500 language educators and researchers from all over the world who are interested in the study of learner autonomy in language learning.

The main purposes of our organization are to gather and disseminate information on research in our field and to keep members abreast of events and publications.

November 3, 2009 at 12:18 am

Tributes to Naoko Aoki

We believe that friends and colleagues from the learner autonomy community worldwide may wish to share their memories of Naoko so please contribute with your stories at the end of this Condolences page.

Tributes to Naoko Aoki



July 25, 2018 at 7:50 pm 6 comments

AILA Research Network on Learner Autonomy Committee, 2017-20

You can contact any of the committee members via our email addresses


Kerstin Dofs: kerstin.dofs@ara.ac.nz

Andy Gao: xuesong.gao@unsw.edu.au

Diego Mideros: Diego. Mideros@sta.uwi.edu

July 12, 2017 at 6:56 pm Leave a comment

AILA Congress: Rio 2017 ReNLA program


Dear All,

We are getting excited about the upcoming AILA Congress!

This is a link to the symposium programme: AILA ReNLA symposium Rio 25 July 2017

The main AILA website for more information is here: http://www.aila2017.com.br/index.php/en/

Hope to see you in Rio soon!

Kerstin, Moira and Alice

March 7, 2017 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

Message from the convenors: AILA Congress in Rio, 2017

Hi All,

We hope you are all enjoying settling into the new year and some new students. While we are still fresh after Xmas-New Year, the convenors of the AILA Autonomous Learning Research Network (AILA ReNLA) have been working in the background to be prepared for the AILA ReNLA section of the AILA Congress 2017 in Rio.

Research Networks will have their own presentation day (i.e. colloquia), and there will be no other presentations or symposia at the same time. This will be followed by an AGM and appropriate social event! We also plan to co-edit a refereed book and/or special journal after the conference.  (more…)

February 2, 2016 at 10:20 pm Leave a comment

Approval of Learner Autonomy ReN

Previous convenors Richard Smith, Garold Murray, and Naoko Aoki have all argued with the AILA Scientific Committee that our Learner Autonomy ReN is a vibrant and well-supported Research Network, however, they still required us to apply to renew our ReN status. In Jan 2015, we were notified that our application was approved, and our ReN will continue to operate until the next world congress in 2017. The approval will mean that we will be able to host a colloquium at the Rio Congress. As the time approaches, we will open the discussion on the direction and organisation of the colloquium.

February 11, 2015 at 6:14 am Leave a comment

Message from incoming convenors

Dear all,
Greetings all, and we hope this finds you all well, and looking forward to a break over the End of year/Christmas/New Year period, depending on where you live and what the cultural traditions are there! For the 3 current AILA ReN Convenors, Alice, Moira and Kerstin (in Australia and NZ) this means a long summer holiday, so we’ll be (hopefully) relaxing at the beach and having BBQ meals outside!!.

Since being elected, we have had a few Skype meetings and would like to keep you informed about our thoughts to date.


February 11, 2015 at 5:08 am Leave a comment

Nominees for the next AILA Ren LA Convener

[Update Feb 11, 2014] The election was held in Nov 2014. The new conveners for 2014 – 2017 are Alice Chik, Kerstin Dofs and Moira Hobbs.

To ReN members: Please review the following nominees for the position of next convener. Check your email for details about how to vote.

ChikAlice Chik

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Macquarie University. I am currently serving as the co-convenor with Richard Smith and Naoko Aoki. My doctoral thesis and publications in the field of Learner Autonomy focused on the use of narratives to investigate how young learners develop their individual differences and autonomy over the years. Recently…(continue reading)


Kerstin Dofs & Moira Hobbs 

Kerstin Dofs is currently the Manager of the Language Self Access Centre (LSAC) at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) where she has worked for twelve years….(continue reading)

Moira Hobbs has worked at Unitec in Auckland for the past fifteen years – initially as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher, but now …(continue reading)

Photo Christian Christian Ludwig 

I was born in Essen in 1981. After school and a voluntary social year, I studied English, Romance Languages and Literature as well as German as a Foreign Language at the University of Bochum (Germany), University of Córdoba (Spain), and Duisburg-Essen (Germany). During my studies, I …(contnue reading)


David M. Palfreyman 

I have been working in ELT and teacher development for more than twenty-five years, and still enjoy it.  I have worked with learners aged 8 to 60 in a range of contexts, from asylum seeker programmes in the UK to a military middle school in the desert of the UAE, as well as online doctoral courses.  Throughout this time I …(continue reading)


Alison Stewart 

I began teaching English as an undergraduate in the UK when I spent a summer teaching an unruly mob of Italian high school students. I continued to teach for a language school on and off while between jobs in banking and political risk consultancy and, later… (continue reading)

October 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm Leave a comment

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