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SiSAL Journal, Volume 10, Number 3, September 2019

Volume 10, Number 3, September 2019

Edited by Jo Mynard


  • Introduction by Jo Mynard (220-222) [Full text] [PDF]
  • As If … A Game Theory Perspective on Self-Access Learning by Dominic G. Edsall (223-238)  [Full text] [PDF]
  • A Critical Review of Research on Language Learning Strategies used by Arab Learners of English by Anas Hajar (239-257) [Full text] [PDF]
  • An Investigation into the Criteria Students Use When Selecting Graded Readers by Phoebe Lyon and Amber Barr (258-281) [Full text] [PDF]
  • Transformative Language Use in and Beyond the Classroom with the Voice Story App by Naomi Wilks-Smith and Li Ping Thong (282-295) [Full text] [PDF]
  • Self-Assessment Surveys – A Tool for Independent Learning in Lower-tier Dependent Classrooms by Craig Yamamoto and Yoko Kinoshita (296-318) [Full text] [PDF]

Cover photo: © Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan

Copyright © 2019 Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, ISSN 2185-3762.
Copyright held by individual authors.


March, 2019

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Volume 10, Number 1, March 2019

Special Issue: Papers from the Third Psychology of Language Learning Conference

Edited by David Mcloughlin and Jo Mynard

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  • Introduction to the Special Issue: Papers from the Third Psychology of Language Learning Conference by David McLoughlin and Jo Mynard (1-4) [full text] [PDF]

Research Papers

  • Motivational Dynamics in Language Advising Sessions: A Case Study by Eduardo Castro (5-20) [full text] [PDF]
  • Primary Teachers’ Experiences in Preparing to Teach Irish: Views on Language Proficiency and Promoting the Language by Claire M. Dunne (21-43) [full text] [PDF]
  • Chinese Language Learner Motivation: Vision, Socialization and Progression by Junqing Jia (44-60) [full text] [PDF]
  • A Pedagogical Attempt to Promote Japanese College EFL Learners’ Self-Growth by Masao Kanaoka (61-78) [full text] [PDF]
  • Longitudinal Trajectories of Emotions in Four Dimensions Through Language Advisory Sessions by Ryo Moriya (79-110) [full text] [PDF]

Work in Progress

  • Exploring Third-Age Foreign Language Learning from the Well-being Perspective: Work in Progress by Dorota Matsumoto (111-116) [full text] [PDF]
  • Exploring Facilitative and Debilitative Spaces: A Shift in Focus from Classrooms to Learning Systems by Nathan Thomas (117-125) [full text] [PDF]


  • Conference Review of Psychology of Language Learning 3, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan (June 7-10, 2018) by Greg Rouault and Colin Skeates (126-134) [full text] [PDF]

 Upcoming Events

  • The International Association for Psychology of Language Learning (IAPLL), 4th International Conference June 24-28, 2020, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia in Canada.


Cover photo by Jo Mynard taken at PLL3, Tokyo, Japan. June, 2018.

Volume 9, Number 4, December 2018

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Volume 9, Number 4, December 2018

Edited by Diego Mideros and Jo Mynard



  • Introduction by Jo Mynard and Diego Mideros (413-414) [Full text] [PDF]
  • Becoming a Language Learning Advisor: Insights From a Training Program in Brazil by Walkyria Magno e Silva and Eduardo Castro (415-424) [Full text] [PDF]
  • Comparative Analysis of Writing Strategies and Performance in a Saudi University by Miriam Alkubaidi (425-443) [Full text] [PDF]

Reviews (edited by Hisako Yamashita)

  • Learners About Learning’ Student Conference Review by Agnes Patko, Ann Flanagan, and Katherine Thornton (444-447) [Full text] [PDF]
  • Review of the Independent Learning Association 2018 Conference by Elizabeth Schlingman (448-455) [Full text] [PDF]

Upcoming Events

  • Supporting Educators in Developing Language Learner Autonomy. IATEFL Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group event. April 1, 2019. Liverpool, UK. Read more…
  • Independence & Interdependence: The Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL2019), May 16-18, 2019. Tokyo, Japan. Read more…

Cover photo by Benjamin Snyder taken at SILC, Sojo University, Kumamoto, Japan

Copyright © 2018 Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, ISSN 2185-3762. Copyright held by individual authors.

December, 2017

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Volume 8, Number 4, December 2017 

Edited by Kevin Knight, Jo Mynard and Erin Okamoto

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  • Introduction: Supporting Leadership and Academic Development in a SALC by Kevin Knight, Jo Mynard and Erin Okamoto (291-293) [full text] [PDF]


  • Conceptualizing Leadership Development in the KUIS SALC by Kevin Knight (294-304) [full text] [PDF]
  • Using Social Networks to Promote Collaboration and Leadership in Foreign Language Learning by Micòl Beseghi (305-322) [full text] [PDF]

Academic Support

  • The Evolution of a SAL Desk: From Academic Writing to Language Support by Shawn Andersson and Maho Nakahashi (323-333) [full text] [PDF]
  • What Constitutes Effective Tutoring on Scripts and Oral Presentations? by Diletta Fabiani and Marta Soler Alemany (334-353) [full text] [PDF]
  • Principles of my TOEIC Test-Prep Workshops and Self-Access Online Materials for TOEIC Preparation by Atsumi Yamaguchi (354-357) [full text] [PDF]

  Reviews (Edited by Hisako Yamashita)

  • Learning Japanese: Voices of Experience by Belinda Kennett and Yuriko Nagao reviewed by Michael Lin (358-361) [full text] [PDF]
  • Language Learner Autonomy: Theory, Practice and Research by David Little, Leni Dam and Lienhard Legenhausen reviewed by Jo Mynard (362-370) [full text] [PDF]

 Upcoming Events

  • Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL), Kobe, Japan. April 27-29, 2018.
  • Psychology of Language Learning Conference (PLL3), Tokyo, Japan. June, 2018.
  • Independent Learning Association (ILA) Conference, Kobe, Japan. September 2018.

Call for Papers: Special Issue of SiSAL Journal. Selected papers from the 2017 Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL) Conference.

  • To be edited by Hisako Yamashita, Clair Taylor and Andy Tweed and published in June 2018. The deadline for submissions from presenters or participants is March 31st 2018.

Cover photo: Global Plaza, Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan.

June, 2017

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Special Issue: Papers from the 7th Independent Learning Association Conference in Wuhan, China, 4-7 November 2016 

Edited by Kerstin Dofs and Moira Hobbs



Introductory Papers by Guest Editors Moira Hobbs and Kerstin Dofs

  • Foreword (84-85) [full text] [PDF]
  • Opening Speech (86-87) [full text] [PDF]
  • Self-Access Centre and Autonomous Learning Management: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? (88-101) [full text] [PDF]

Papers by Keynote Speakers

  • The Pedagogy of Learner Autonomy: Lessons from the Classroom by Sara Cotterall (102-115) [full text] [PDF]
  • Autonomy in the Time of Complexity: Lessons from Beyond the Classroom by Garold Murray (116-134) [full text] [PDF]
  • Language Learning Beyond the Classroom: Access all Areas by Phil Benson (135-146) [full text] [PDF]

Papers by Presenters at the Symposium on Self-Access Learning

  • The Evolution and Devolution of Management and Training Needs for Self-Access Centre Staff by David Gardner (147-156) [full text] [PDF]
  • Encouraging Autonomy Through a Community of Practice: The Role of a Self-Access Centre by Maria Giovanna Tassinari (157-168) [full text] [PDF]
  • Promoting Learner Autonomy and Self-Directed Learning: The Evolution of a SALC Curriculum by Jo Mynard and Rob Stevenson (169-182) [full text] [PDFPDF]
  • Autonomy and Complexity in Social Learning Space Management  by Garold Murray (183-193) [full text] [PDF]

Press Release 

  • Interview with Jianying Du, Kerstin Dofs and Moira Hobbs on Friday, November 4th, 2016, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) by Wen Shanshan (194-198) [full text] [PDF]

Calls for papers 

Conference: The Japan Association on Self-Access Learning (JASAL) Annual Conference on 16th December, 2017 in Chiba, Japan. Deadline for submissions: September 3rd.

Special Issue of SiSAL Journal. December 2017 issue on student leadership in self-access to be edited by Kevin Knight, Jo Mynard and Erin Okamoto. Deadline for papers: September 10th.

Copyright © 2017 Studies in Self-Access Learning Journal, ISSN 2185-3762. Copyright held by individual authors.