Jo Mynard, Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan

Neil Curry, Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan

Mynard, J., & Curry, N. (2021). Introduction. Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, 12(2), 136–138.

Welcome to the second issue of SiSAL journal for 2021 which features contributions from colleagues based in Belgium, Canada, Mexico and Japan. We would like to sincerely thank the authors, the reviewers and members of the editorial team who make the publication of this journal possible.

Contents of This Issue

The first paper by Natanael Delgado Alvarado, Juarez University of the State of Durango, Mexico, describes a way of fostering ‘learning to learn’ in student-teachers through the provision of interactive online learning objects. The author follows a framework which takes a sociocognitive view of self-regulated learning while integrating technologies.

The second paper by Victoria Handford, Joe Dobson, and Yuhang Liu from Thompson Rivers University, Canada, is an examination of that institution’s graduate writing centre and how it meets the needs of its various stakeholders, and what factors are involved in this success; essential knowledge for anyone involved in such a facility. As well as investigating the academic benefits, of particular relevance to overseas students unused to their new academic environment and its particular requirements, the researchers examined the social aspects of the writing centre and how it can help provide emotional support.

Finally, in the review section (edited by Hisako Yamashita), there is a report on a recent event hosted by the Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education (RILAE) on the topic of ‘Landmarks in self-access.’ The authors, Jo Mynard, Dominique Vola Ambinintsoa, Ena Hollinshead, and Ward Peeters—all associated with Kanda University—give a brief report on each of the 15 presentations and make some comments on the themes that emerged at the event.

Notes on the Editors

Jo Mynard is a professor in the Faculty of Global Liberal Arts, Director of the Self-Access Learning Center, and Director of the Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education at Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan. She holds an M.Phil in Applied Linguistics (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland) and an Ed.D. in TEFL (University of Exeter, UK). Her research interests include advising in language learning, the psychology of language learning, and learning beyond the classroom.

Neil Curry is a Learning Advisor at Kanda University of International Studies’ Self-Access Learning Center. His research interests include self-directed learning and foreign language anxiety.