Convenors’ report for AILA on 2008-11 activities

An overview of 2008-11 activities written for International Journal of Applied Linguistics (July 2011) is here.

The convenors’ report for AILA on 2005-8 activities is here.

See also minutes of our 2008 business meeting here.

AUTO-L – Electronic Discussion Forum

AUTO-L, an electronic list maintained by Anita Wenden (initially) and now by Lucy Cooker, has been in operation since February 1997. The list aims to promote dialogue and exchange among language teachers and researchers involved in learner autonomy, self-directed learning, learning strategies, learner development, learner independence, learner training and self-access. From time to time, the list moderators also invite guest moderators to provide background information and insights on topics related to the promotion of learner autonomy.

More information

Newsletters and Bulletins

An important activity of the ReN has been to produce a newsletter. Our first newsletter was produced by Anita Wenden in 1994. For back issues of the newsletter click here. The newsletter has now been replaced by updates posted on this website and by Bulletins sent out two to three times per year via email by the convenors. The latest bulletins are here:


At each AILA Congress (once every three years) since its formation in 1993, the Scientific Commission has organised a symposium on learner autonomy. The ReN will carry on the tradition. The symposium organisers have sought different times to showcase current research in learner autonomy to attract newcomers and to debate critical issues of definition and theory.

Details of the ReNLA symposium at the  Beijing AILA Congress (August, 2011) are here

A report of our previous (2008) symposium is here

Reports of previous symposia are here.

Previous events

Symposia and other events


2011 business meeting notes

2008 business meeting notes

2005 business meeting notes


Note: ‘Newsletters’ have, since 2008,  been superseded by periodic ‘Bulletins’ (all available via the tab above).

Newsletter No.10 2006

Newsletter No. 9a 2003

Newsletter No. 9b 2003

Newsletter No. 8 2002

Newsletter No. 7 2001

Newsletter No. 6 2000

Newsletter No. 5 1999

Newsletter No. 4 1998

Newsletter No. 3 1997

Newsletter No. 2 1995

Newsletter No. 1 1994


The AILA Research Network (originally, ‘Scientific Commission’) on Learner Autonomy in Language Learning was founded in 1993 by Leslie Dickinson and Anita Wenden. The convenors since its foundation have been:

  • 1993-1996: Leslie Dickinson and Anita Wenden
  • 1996-1999: Anita Wenden, Sara Cotterall, and Leni Dam
  • 1999-2002: Sara Cotterall, Leni Dam, and Bill Savage
  • 2002- 2005: Ana Maria Barcelos, Terry Lamb, and Richard Pemberton
  • 2005-2008: Terry Lamb and Garold Murray
  • 2008-2011: Garold Murray and Richard Smith
  • 2011-2014:  Richard Smith, Naoko Aoki, and Alice Chik
  • 2014-2017: Alice Chik, Kerstin Dofs, and Moira Hobbs

About the ReN for Learner Autonomy in Language Learning (PDF)

Proposal for change to AILA Bylaw, August 2011


Bylaws are here

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