Independent Learning Association Conference 2018


Whose Autonomy? Voices and Agency in Language Learning

September 5th — September 8th, 2018, Kobe, Japan

We invite you to join us for Independent Learning Association Conference at Konan Women’s University in the beautiful port city of Kobe, Japan.

The conference starts from the premise that language learning does not entail a static, one-way acquisition of knowledge, but is rather a more dynamic and collaborative process, where “knowledge” is constructed by individuals and/or groups working together - what David Little has referred to as “the inescapably dialogic nature of language and learning.” (Little, 2007:10)

At ILA 2018 — Whose Autonomy? Voices and Agency in Language Learning — we would like to focus on the different voices engaged in this co-construction of knowledge in autonomous language learning, and explore issues relating to agency within the autonomous learning process.

Within this overarching theme, we will be welcoming presentations, symposia, workshops and posters related to (but not restricted to):

  • identity
  • assessment
  • critical thinking
  • motivation, affect
  • learner training
  • curriculum and material design
  • technology
  • teacher/learning advisor autonomy
  • young learners
  • learner/teacher beliefs

The contexts for the research would include the classroom, self-access learning spaces, social learning spaces, and virtual learning spaces.

We hope will join us and our plenary speakers – James Lantolf, Jo Mynard, Leena Karlsson and Chika Hayashi – in making this another memorable ILA.

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We look forward to seeing you all in Kobe in 2018!

Sep 5 - Sep 8, 2018
[ Wed ] - [ Sat ]
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM JST
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Early Bird registration ~ Jun 16 12:00 AM ¥16,000
Sake tasting ¥2,500
Conference Dinner ¥5,500
Regular Registration ¥18,000

On sale until Aug 11, 2018, 12:00:00 AM

Combini / ATM payment will be closed at the end of Aug 10, 2018.

Venue Address
6-2-23 Morikitamachi, Higashinada Ward, Kobe Japan
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