IATEFL Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group (LASIG)
Local conference 27-28 September 2013,
Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
Learner autonomy in second language pedagogy and research -
challenges and issues
Why is it so difficult to convince learners, teachers, parents, and institutions of the benefits of learner autonomy? Why is "learner autonomy" often perceived as an "added component" or a "waste of time" rather than an integral part of language learning? How can these obstacles be overcome in contexts ranging from primary or secondary school contexts up to languages for specific purposes programmes and adult education?
Four internationally acclaimed researchers and practitioners in the field of learner autonomy will address this vital question in their plenary talks:
- David Little, Trinity College, Dublin
Language learner autonomy, Vygotsky and Sociocultural Theory: some theoretical and pedagogical reflections
- Leni Dam, IATEFL LASIG coordinator, Denmark
Developing language learner autonomy with a course book – how is it possible?
- Lienhard Legenhausen, University of Münster, Germany
Learner Autonomy as a response to the challenges of educational inclusion
- Elisabet Arnó Macià, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Escola Politècnica Superior d'Enginyeria de Vilanova i la Geltrú (EPSEVG), Spain
Educating for the future: using technology to promote learner autonomy in languages for academic and professional purposes
Apart from the four plenaries, there will be several rounds of parallel talks and workshops.