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SiSAL Journal 7(1) Published

JournalcoverpageMarch2016miniVolume 7, Number 1, March 2016

Edited by Jo Mynard

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Regular papers

  • The Impact of Online Training on Saudi Medical Students’ Attitudes, Awareness, and Use of Language Learning Strategies in Relation to their Developing Autonomy by Sahar Alzahrani and Julie Watson (4-15) [full text] [PDF]
  • Considerations in Developing a Peer Mentoring Programme for a Self-Access Centre by Neil Curry and Satoko Watkins (16-29)  [full text] [PDF]
  • Youth and the Disruption of Power: Student-Run Conversation Workshops in a Mexican Self-Access Centre by James Simmonds (30-45)  [full text] [PDF]

Work in progress

  • Balancing Competing Needs among Stakeholders: Lessons from the Self-access Language Learning Centre (SALL) of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen) by Kwan-yee Sarah Ng and Yang Gu (46-55)  [full text] [PDF]

Edited by Hisako Yamashita

  • Book Review: Assessment and Autonomy in Language Learning. Edited by Carol J. Everhard and Linda Murphy by Marilyn Lewis (56-59)  [full text] [PDF]
  • Report on the JASAL 10th Anniversary Conference, 2015 by Andrew D. Tweed (60-68)  [full text] [PDF]

Language Learning Spaces: Self-Access in Action
Edited by Katherine Thornton

Part 4: Scaffolding the Development of Learner Autonomy Through Facility-Based Initiatives

  • Introduction: Learning Space-Based Initiatives for Developing Learner Autonomy: Design And Implementation by Katherine Thornton (69-71)  [full text] [PDF]
  • Autonomous Language Learning In Self-Access Spaces: Moodle in Action by Kerstin Dofs and Moira Hobbs (72-83)  [full text] [PDF]
  • On the Road to Developing a Learning Advisory Program (LAP)by Tarık Uzun, Hatice Karaaslan, and Mümin Şen (84-95)  [full text] [PDF]
  • Implementing a Language Learning Advising Service at a Self-Access Center in Cambodia by Andrew D. Tweed (96-109)  [full text] [PDF]

Cover image: The ILC at Yildrim Beyazit University, Ankara, Turkey

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]