Upcoming events

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

For more information on this ReNLA-supported event, please visit the conference website:


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

  • The AILA Research Network on Learner Autonomy Symposium will be held at the 16th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics in Beijing on Friday, August 26, 9:00–12:00 in Para Room 7. The theme of the symposium is ‘Social Dimensions of Autonomy’ The names of the presenters and the titles of their papers, accompanied by full abstracts, can be seen here: https://ailarenla.org/events/beijing2011
  • We would like to congratulate ReNLA members Tin T. Dang of La Trobe University, Australia, and Diego Mideros of the University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago, who have both been chosen to be recipients of the Multilingual Matters-AILA Solidarity Award. This grant will enable them to attend the AILA Congress and present papers in the ReNLA symposium.
  • A symposium on ‘Learner Autonomy in the Classroom: Insights from Practitioner Research’, moderated by Christine O’Leary, will be held on Thursday, 25 August, Para Room 5.
  • We would like to provide details of other autonomy-related presentations by ReNLA members via our next Bulletin. If you are presenting a paper at the AILA Congress, please contact Richard (R.C.Smith@warwick.ac.uk) with the details by 30 June. Please use the following template when you submit your presentation details.

Line 1: Day, Date
Line 2: Time, Location
Line 3: Title
Line 4: Name of presenter and affiliation
Line 5: Short summary (50 words, same as you submitted to AILA)

For example:

Wednesday, August 24th
11:00-11:30, Para Room 17
Social language learning spaces: Affordances in a community of learners
Naomi Fujishima and Garold Murray
This paper reports on an ethnographic inquiry into the language learning affordances available to English and Japanese foreign language learners through their interactions in a social learning space at a Japanese university.  The authors examine these opportunities and identify the conditions which supported the emergence of a community of learners.

  • ReNLA Dinner: At each AILA congress prior to the ReN symposium, it has been the custom for the presenters and the convenors to meet for dinner, the purpose being to get acquainted or to renew acquaintance before the symposium. For this conference, we would like to extend an invitation to all ReNLA members attending the congress to get together for dinner on Wednesday, 24 August. If you are interested, please inform Richard Smith (R.C.Smith@warwick.ac.uk) by July 31st at the latest, with any dietary requirements. We will provide more details after that, when we know how many people would like to come along.

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

Deadline for proposals: June 30 2011

See the website for more details: http://learnerautonomy.org/advising2011.html

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