Tribute to Mia
By Elsa Tragant
(Published in Learner Autonomy in Language Learning (https://ailarenla.org/lall), August 2011).
Mia Victori passed away on the 29th of November 2010 after having suffered from a sudden aneurism. She died at the age of 44 in Newport Beach while on a sabbatical at California State University. She was married and had three children (13, 9 and 4). Mia had a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics from UCLA (1989-90) and a PhD from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) (1995). Victori was an associate professor in Applied Linguistics at the UAB and a member of GRAL research group (Universitat de Barcelona).
Early in her career, Victori did pioneer work in the area of metacognitive knowledge in TESOL. Her work on learner autonomy and learning strategies is well known and often cited. She had recently started a large Ministry-funded research project on CLIL. Her latest publications include “Perceived vs. actual strategy use across three oral communication tasks” coauthored with S. Khan (IRAL, 49,1) and the chapter “CLIL in Catalonia: an overview of research” coauthored with T. Navés in CLIL in Spain: Implementation, Results and Teacher Training (Eds. Y. Ruiz de Zarobe & D. Lasagabaster).
Mia Victori had a strong vocation for teaching and research and loved the field of Applied Linguistics. She had always been a strong believer in learner autonomy and had started and directed one of the first university self-access centers in Spain. She was a frequent participant in AILA conferences. She was a member of the Learner Autonomy Research Network from its foundation and ran for Convenor in the last elections. She always looked forward to the AILA conferences and had several friends among the ReNLA members. Those of us who had the privilege of meeting or working with her know she was a good listener as well as efficient and modest. She is a great loss in our academic community, where she will certainly be missed.