Independent Learning Association Conference 2018

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.

Submission of Proposals opens on 5 November.
Submit presentation proposals via the proposal submission page.

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

For more information, contact us.

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

Conference Chairs: Steve Brown, Ann Mayeda, Hisako Yamashita

Conference Organisers

Little, D. (2007). Introduction: Reconstructing Learner and Teacher Autonomy in Language Education. In A. Barfield and S.H. Brown (eds.) Reconstructing Autonomy in Language Education. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Important Dates

  • November 2017: Online submission of proposals opens
  • January 14th, 2018: Online submissions closes
  • March 18th, 2018: Notification of acceptance
  • March 1st, 2018: Registration opens
  • April 15th, 2018: Presenters’ registration deadline
  • May 31st, 2018: Early bird registration closes