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SiSAL Journal 6(4). Special Issue on Young Learners and Self-Access

Special Issue on Young Learners and Self-Access
Edited by Annamaria Pinter, Robert J. Werner and Jo Mynard

  • Self-Access and Young Learners: Introduction to the Special Issue by Jo Mynard, Annamaria Pinter, and Robert J. Werner [full text] [PDF]


  • ‘After Mom Gets Some Books, Then I’ll Make a Selection’: A 5-Year-Old ELL’s Decision-Making in the Book-Related Home Playby Heeyang Park  [full text] [PDF]
  • About a Boy: A Gamer and L2 English Speaker Coming into Being by Use of Self-Access by Pia Sundqvist [full text][PDF]
  • L2 Motivation and Young Self-Instructed Learners’ Persistence in Learning English: A Causal Analysis by Chika Takahashi  [full text] [PDF]
  • An Example of Classroom Practice Using Flashcards for Young Learners: Preliminary Indications for Promoting Autonomy by Feng Teng and Fang He  [full text] [PDF]
  • Self-Access and Metacognitive Awareness in Young Learners:How Japanese Sixth Graders Learn How to Learn English by Robert J. Werner and Yu Kobayashi  [full text] [PDF]

Work in Progress

  • Sea Change in Library Use by Ian Adkins and Devin Unwin  [full text] [PDF]

Book Reviews
Edited by Hisako Yamashita

  • ‘Teaching Young Learners To Think’ by Herbert Puchta and Marion Williams. Reviewed by Duncan Jamieson  [full text] [PDF]
  • ‘Stories and Storyline’ by Sharon Ahlquist and Réka Lugossy.Reviewed by Nena Nikolic-Hosonaka  [full text] [PDF]

Language Learning Spaces Part 3: Developing Effective Student Staff Training Programmes
Edited by Katherine Thornton

  • Introduction: Supporting Student Staff Through Effective Training by Katherine Thornton  [full text] [PDF]
  • Peer-led Discussion Groups in Foreign Languages: Training International Students to Become Peer-Facilitators by Catherine Jeanneau and Stéphanie O’Riordan  [full text] [PDF]
  • Effective Training for SALC Student Staff: Principles Borne from Experience by Ashley R. Moore and Misato Tachibana  [full text] [PDF]
  • Training Student Workers in a Social Learning Space by Naomi Fujishima [full text] [PDF]


  • Upcoming Special Issue: Second call for papers

Special Issue on Virtual and other learning spaces, June, 2016 (Volume 7, Issue 2) edited by Curtis Edlin and Jo Mynard. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: January 15th, 2016. More details…

Cover photo by Andy Lind

SiSAL Journal Volume 6(1). Special Issue on Dialogue and Advising in Self-Access Learning

Volume 6, Number 1, March 2015

Special Issue, Dialogue and Advising in Self-Access Learning

Edited by Hisako Yamashita and Jo Mynard

  • Dialogue and Advising in Self-Access Learning: Introduction to the Special Issue by Hisako Yamashita and Jo Mynard (1-12) [full text] [PDF]
  • Essential Advising to Underpin Effective Language Learning and Teaching by Moira Hobbs and Kerstin Dofs (13-31) [full text] [PDF]

Research Papers

  • Advising Dialogue from a Feminist Perspective: Gendered Talk or Emotional Labor? By Sophie Bailly, Guillaume Nassau and Anouchka Divoux (32-49) [full text] [PDF]
  • The Dynamics of Emotional Relationships in Self-Directed Language Learning Counselling Interviews by Emmanuelle Carette, Eric Thiébaut, and Guillaume Nassau (50-61) [full text] [PDF]
  • Affect and the Development of Learner Autonomy through Advising by Hisako Yamashita (62-85) [full text] [PDF]

Exploring Advising and Dialogue

  • Supporting Learners and Advisors: An Advising Interview Protocol for Intensive Language Programs by Donald P. Harootian and Erin N. O’Reilly (86-96) [full text] [PDF]
  • Institutional Challenges for a Voluntary-Basis Language Learning Advising Program by Yuuki Ogawa and Ryo Hase (97-111) [full text] [PDF]
  • Peer Tutoring in Japan: A Different Approach for a Unique Educational System by Hinako Takeuchi (112-119) [full text]  [PDF]
  • Language Learning Advice at the University of Leeds by Jadzia Terlecka and Carolin Schneider (120-123) [full text] [PDF]

Regular Column (Edited by Katherine Thornton)

  • A Movement towards Social Learning Spaces? A survey of SAC Managers in UK Higher Education by Michael Allhouse (124-137) [full text] [PDF]

Reviews and Summaries

  • Review of ‘Exploring English: Language and Culture’ by Judith Buendgens-Kosten (138-141) [full text] [PDF]
  • JASAL Forum 2014 Self-Access Conversations: Beyond Classroom Borders (142- 155) by Erin Okamoto [full text] [PDF]
  • The Self-Access Area Becomes the Language Zone by Carolin Schneider (156-159) [full text] [PDF]


Special Issue on Self-Access and Young Learners. December, 2015 (Volume 6, Issue 4) edited by Annamaria Pinter, Robert J. Werner and Jo Mynard. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: August 10th, 2015.

Cover photo: ‘VISTA SILC’ at Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages, Tokyo,

SiSAL Journal, Volume 5, Number 3

Volume 5, Number 3, September 2014

Edited by Jo Mynard

Research Articles

  • Exploring the Concept of Learner Autonomy in Cross-Cultural Research by Nga Thanh Nguyen, Donna Tangen and Denise Beutel (202-216) [full text] [PDF]

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SiSAL Journal Volume 5, Number 2

Volume 5, Number 2, June 2014

Edited by Jo Mynard


  • Editorial: Understanding and Supporting Self-Access Learners by Jo Mynard (79-81) [full text] [PDF]
  • Establishing Group Autonomy through Self-Access Center Learning Experiences by Harumi Kimura (82-97) [full text] [PDF]
  • General Tendencies of English Language Learners in Using an Independent Learning Centre within the Turkish Higher Education Context by Tarik Uzun (98-111) [full text] [PDF]
  • Effects of Learning Styles on Self-directed Foreign Language Vocabulary Learning by Jing Wu (112-126) [full text] [PDF]
  • Moving Online: Changing the Focus of a Writing Center by Gene Thompson (127-142) [full text] [PDF]

Work in Progress 

  • “Say Again?” An In-house, Online, Self-access Pronunciation Project for ESOL Students by Menaka Ediriweera, Liz Howell, and Caroline White (143-152) [full text] [PDF]

Regular Column

  • Introduction to Column by column editor, Katherine Thornton (153) [full text] [PDF]
  • Evaluating Self-directed Learning Skills in SALC Modules by Junko Noguchi (153-172) [full text] [PDF]
  • Ongoing Development: Pathways and Challenges by Elizabeth Lammons (pp. 173-177) [full text] [PDF]


  • Striving for Diversity, Accessibility and Quality: Evaluating SiSAL Journal by Jo Mynard (178-199) [full text] [PDF]

Cover photo: Soka University, Tokyo, Japan (

SiSAL Journal 5(1), Special Issue on Directions in Self-Access Learning

Volume 5, Number 1, March 2014
Special Issue on Directions in Self-Access Learning
Edited by Neil Curry and Jo Mynard


  • Editorial: Directions in Self-Access Learning by Neil Curry and Jo Mynard (1-7) [full text] [PDF]


  • Framing the Picture: A Preliminary Investigation into Experts’ Beliefs about the Roles and Purposes of Self-Access Centres by Diego Navarro (8-28) [full text] [PDF]
  • Using CBT with Anxious Language Learners: The Potential Role of the Learning Advisor by Neil Curry (29-41) [full text] [PDF]
  • Supporting a Physical Self-Access Centre with a Virtual Presence by Troy Rubesch and Keith Barrs (42-49) [full text] [PDF]
  • Considering Peer Support for Self-access Learning by Craig Manning (50-57) [full text] [PDF]

Regular Column

  • Introduction by column editor, Katherine Thornton (58)
  • Piloting and Evaluating a Redesigned Self-Directed Learning Curriculum by Satoko Watkins, Neil Curry and Jo Mynard (58-78) [full text] [PDF]


  • Upcoming Special Issue: Call for papers 

Special Issue on Self-Regulation in Foreign Language Learning. December, 2014 (Volume 5, Issue 4) edited by Paul Collett and Kristen Sullivan. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: May 31st, 2014. MOre details:

Cover photo: Soka University, Tokyo, Japan (

SiSAL Journal: Volume 4, Number 4, December 2013

Volume 4, Number 4, December 2013

Edited by Carol J. Everhard

Special Issue on Accessing and Accessorizing for Self-Access Language Learning


  • Editorial by Carol J. Everhard (227-235) [full text] [PDF]

Featured Articles

  • The Management Skills of SALL Managers by David Gardner and Lindsay Miller (236-252) [full text] [PDF]
  • Looking Out for English by Brian Tomlinson (253-261) [full text] [PDF]
  • Accessing the Self in Self-Access Learning: Emotions and Feelings in Language Advising by Maria Giovanna Tassinari and Maud Ciekanski (262-280) [full text] [PDF]
  • Davids Still Exist among Goliaths: A Story of Modest Self-Access Centre Establishment and Survival in Times of Economic Decline by Salomi Papadima-Sophocleous (281-294) [full text] [PDF]

Research Articles

  • An Autoethnographic Study of the Use of Mobile Devices to Support Foreign Language Vocabulary Learning by Mark Osborne (295-307) [full text] [PDF]
  • Giving Speaking Practice in Self-Access Mode a Chance by Kerstin Dofs (308-322) [full text] [PDF]
  • Foundation-level Gulf Arab Student Response to Self-Access Learning by Diane Malcolm and Mohamed Majed (323-338) [full text] [PDF]
  • Medics on the Move South Africa: Access to Medical Words by Kris Van de Poel, Christine Fourie and Karen Seberechts (339-352) [full text] [PDF]

Regular Column (Edited by Katherine Thornton)

  • Principles: Establishing the Foundation for a Self-Access Curriculum by Elizabeth Lammons (353-366) [full text] [PDF]

Work in Progress

  • Promoting Independent Language Learning Cross-Campus at the University of Leeds through a Self-Access Area by Carolin Schneider (367-371) [full text] [PDF]

SiSAL Journal: Volume 4, Number 3, September 2013

Volume 4, Number 3, September 2013 
Edited by Jo Mynard


  • “Beautifying the Beast”: Customising Online Instruction in a Writing Course for Jamaican Tertiary-level Students by Michelle Stewart-McKoy (157-174) [full text] [PDF]
  • Enhancing Student Self-Study Attitude and Activity with Motivational Techniques by Kent Rhoads and Jonathan deHaan (175-195) [full text] [PDF]
  • Development and Use of Moodle for Online Student Support by Moira Hobbs and Yvonne Hynson (196-207) [full text] [PDF]

Regular Column

  • Needs Analysis: Investigating Students’ Self-directed Learning Needs Using Multiple Data Sources by Keiko Takahashi, Jo Mynard, Junko Noguchi, Akiyuki Sakai, Katherine Thornton and Atsumi Yamaguchi (208-218) [full text] [PDF]


  • Book review: The Applied Linguistic Individual: Sociocultural Approaches to Identity, Agency and Autonomy Edited by Phil Benson and Lucy Cooker by Cem Balçıkanlı (219-222) [full text] [PDF]
  • Book review: Autonomy in Language Learning: Stories of Practices Edited by Andy Barfield and Natanael Delgado Alvarado by Adelia Peña Clavel (223-226) [full text] [PDF]


  • Upcoming Special Issue: Call for papers: Special Issue on Accessing and Accessorizing for Self-Access Language Learning (SALL). December, 2013 (Volume 4, Issue 4) edited by Carol J. Everhard. Final deadline for submissions: October 15th, 2013 Details:
  • Event announcement: Directions in Self-access learning Symposium: One day symposium to be held at Kanda University of International Studies, Japan on October 19th, 2013. Registration free. Open to administrators, educators and students. Please see the website for details: