ReNLA Bulletin, May 2011

Dear ReNLA Members,

In this Bulletin we provide some additional information about the ReNLA symposium at the upcoming AILA World Congress in Beijing in August. We ask you to note the items concerning the ReNLA Business Meeting and the ReNLA dinner which will take place during the congress.

We would also like to remind you about the ReNLA-supported conference, ‘Cutting Edges – Autonomy and Community in Language Learning, Teaching and Training’, which will be held at Canterbury Christ Church University, 1-2 July 2011. There is also information about a Call for Papers for another ReNLA-supported conference, ILA 2012 in New Zealand.

Here are the full contents of the Bulletin:

1. Upcoming Events

a. Cutting Edges – Autonomy and Community in Language Learning, Teaching and Training, Canterbury Christ Church University, 1-2 July 2011

b. AILA World Congress Beijing, August 2011: ReNLA Symposium and other presentations, plus ReNLA Dinner

c. Kanda University of International Studies Japan / IATEFL LA SIG: Advising for Language Learner Autonomy, November 2011

2. Call for papers

5th International Independent Learning Association Conference 2012, August-September 2012

3. Membership Update
4. Recent Publications
5. ReNLA Business Meeting

We look forward to receiving more contributions for Learner Autonomy in Language Learning: Please browse back issues to see examples of the kinds of report, review and article (short or long) that we would like to publish. There are no set deadlines, and we will upload relevant contributions as and when we receive them.

Also, if you have relevant event announcements or notices of recent publications that you would like us to bring to members’ attention, please let us know and we will include them in the next Bulletin. Until you hear from us again, we invite you to consider exploring the website from time to time and leaving comments or questions where appropriate:

Best wishes

Garold Murray & Richard Smith

Joint convenors, AILA Research Network on Learner Autonomy in Language Learning


3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Andy Barfield  |  May 19, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Hello Garold, Richard and Lucy

    Many thanks for the updates as always – you’re doing a really great job, and I’m looking forward to the conference in Beijing. Speaking of which, what are the plans for the democratic process in the network? I may be mistaken, but part of the business meeting in Beijing will be to do with the (results of the) (re-)election of the joint convenor(s)? How exactly does that work? Is the agenda completely open, or are there items that need to be reported to the membership as a matter of course? I found a few pointers on the website, but was wondering what the democratic process is in more precise terms. Any pointers you can provide would be appreciated! Cheers Andy

  • 2. Richard Smith  |  May 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Hi Andy

    Thank you very much for your feedback and questions. We’re planning to send out another Bulletin before the AILA congress (at the beginning of July) in which we’ll both propose an agenda and ask again for suggestions for agenda items for the business meeting in Beijing but you – or any other member – can suggest issues that you feel should be discussed at any time (by contacting Garold and me directly or using the more public forum of this website, as you have done). In fact we wish more ReNLA members _would_ contact us or raise issues, as you have done!

    I don’t believe there are any set items that _need_ to be reported at the business meeting but Garold and I will ask AILA about that in advance of the July bulletin and will let you and other members know about it via that. You can find minutes of the last (2008) meeting elsewhere on this website (under the ‘Archive’ tab) and I guess we’ll use that as a basis for the agenda we propose, assuming there aren’t any different guidelines from AILA. Just to repeat though if you or any other member has an issue or suggestion they think needs discussion at any time (not just at the business meeting, which only happens every three years after all), please contact us via email and we’ll be sure to address it in a benevolent, though possibly not democratic fashion!

    Which brings me to your question about elections. Please see the bylaws of the ReNLA (available under the ‘Archive’ tab on this website), which is what govern us in this area (they were developed by a small committee of ReNLA members some years ago).

    The next election for ReNLA convenors will happen soon after the meetings in Beijing, and will be carried out via email so that all members can participate. As the bylaws state, the convenor(s) who stood down three years ago – in this case Terry Lamb – run(s) the election, and Terry has agreed to do so. The first step will be to ask the membership for nominations for the two convenors to be elected.. I think we will ask Terry to report on his planned schedule for the election in the July Bulletin, and that might be a good time for the call for nominations – though the election itself will definitely be after August (Beijing).

    I hope this answers your questions for now – do get back with any further points you want to make or questions you want to ask, as that’s welcome to us as convenors. I’ve responded from my point of view and Garold may have other things to add or different points to make.

    Best wishes

    Richard Smith

    (One of the two 2008-11 convenors of the Research Network on Learner Autonomy, with Garold Murray)

  • 3. Garold Murray  |  May 28, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Andy, thank you for your comments and question. As Richard indicated, the elections will follow the format of those held in 2005 and 2008–with nominations made and voting carried out via e-mail in the Fall following the AILA congress. Also, we intend to provide details concerning the election in the July Bulletin. The July Bulletin will also propose an agenda for the business meeting.

    I hope this is helpful.

    Best wishes,

    Garold Murray


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