FINAL call for papers

Advising for Language Learner Autonomy
Saturday 12th November, 2011

Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan

Event website:
Twitter: @advising2011   #advising2011


Advising in language learning has been defined as:

a ‘system of interventions which aims at supporting students’ methodology of language learning by means of ‘conversations’ i.e. by using language in the framework of social interaction to help students reflect on their learning experience, identify inconsistencies and steer their own path.’ Esch (1996, p. 42).


Marina Mozzon-McPherson, University of Hull, UK (plenary)
Lucy Cooker, University of Birmingham, UK (opening remarks)
Christopher Candlin, Macquarie University, Australia (closing session)


Saturday November 12th, 2011
(Friday November 11th, tours of two self-access centres)

Call for papers

(Extended) deadline: July 4th, 2011

Theme: Advising for language learner autonomy


1. Training and professional development for learning advisors or peer advisors
2. Research and practice in advising
3. Peer advising
4. Advising tools
5. The dialogue and discourse of advising
6. Context-related issues in advising

Presentation types

Paper presentation: 40 minutes
Workshop: 60 minutes
Poster: 90 minutes
Virtual presentation (for presenters who cannot attend in person)


Two grants of 40,000 yen from JALT Learner Development SIG.

Peer-reviewed proceedings

The conference proceedings will be published as a special edition of SiSAL Journal in March 2012.  The deadline for submissions is December 30, 2011.


IATEFL Learner Autonomy SIG
Kanda University of International Studies

In cooperation with
Japan Association for Self-access Learning (JASAL)
Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages (KIFL)
Learner Development SIG (Japan Association of Language Teachers – JALT)

Registration (online registration to open soon. Check website for updates


Esch E.(1996), Promoting learner autonomy: Criteria for the selection of appropriate methods. In R. Pemberton, E.S.L. Li, W.W.F. Or, & H.D. Pierson (Eds.), Taking control: Autonomy in language learning (pp. 35–48). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.