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Self-access and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Call for papers. SiSAL Journal is planning to publish a special issue on Self-access and the Coronavirus Pandemic in September 2020 (Volume 11, Issue 3). DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: July 20th, 2020.

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SiSAL Journal, Volume 10, Number 2, June 2019

Regular papers edited by Jo Mynard and Diego Mideros
Reviews edited by Hisako Yamashita

  • Introduction by Jo Mynard, Diego Mideros and Hisako Yamashita (135-139) [Full text] [PDF]

Regular Papers

  • Peer-Led Activities at a Self-Access Center in Brazil by Mariana Maués Baretto (140-155) [Full text] [PDF]
  • In-Training Advising Sessions for New Peer Advisors: Impacts and Benefits by Stephanie Lea Howard  (156-164) [Full text] [PDF]
  • Improving the Praxis of Conversation Club Leaders in a Community of Practice: A Case study in a Self-Access Centre by Pamela Sigala Villa, Adelina Ruiz-Guerrero, and Laura María Zurutuza Roaro (165-180) [Full text] [PDF]
  • Chinese-as-a-Foreign-Language Learners’ Use of Self-Regulated Learning in Flipped/Blended Learning Environments – A Descriptive Study by Shenglan Zhang (181-204) [Full text] [PDF]


  • Review of the JASAL 2018 x SUTLF 5 Conference by Brandon Bigelow (205-211) [Full text] [PDF]
  • Space, Place and Autonomy in Language Learning by Garold Murray and Terry Lamb. Reviewed by Sara Cotterall (212-216) [Full text] [PDF]
  • Review of JASAL 2018 x SUTLF 5 and a Reflection on “Connection” by Tomoya Shirakawa (217-219) [Full text] [PDF]

Upcoming Events

  • The Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL), Student Conference 2019 October 19, Konan Women’s University, Kobe, Japan.
  • The Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL), 2019 Conference November 30-December 1, Otemon Gakuin University, Osaka, Japan.
  • The International Association for the Psychology of Language Learning (IAPLL), 4th International Conference (PLL4) June 24-28, 2020, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia in Canada.

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.


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

Call for Papers: SiSAL Journal is planning to publish a special issue on selected papers from the Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL) 2017 Conference in June 2018 (Volume 9, Issue 2) edited by Hisako Yamashita, Clair Taylor and Andy Tweed. The deadline for submissions from presenters or participants is March 31st 2018.

Information for potential contributors

The Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL) is a non-profit professional organization devoted to promoting self-access language learning in Japan. Its annual conferences have provided opportunities for members to share ideas about self-access language learning, running self-access centers and developing learner autonomy. In this special issue, we will have selected papers from the JASAL 2017 Annual Conference which was held on December 16th, 2017 at Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan.

“Enriching Self-Access Environments” was the theme of JASAL 2017 conference. Self-access environments need to be carefully designed in order to provide learners with the flexibility to explore resources and opportunities for learning. In Japan and in other countries around the world, we have a great variety of self-access environments, and many factors influence these. Learner populations and their needs, the availability of financial and human resources, the goals of the institution, and the beliefs of administrators, staff, learning advisors and teachers all influence what is provided in self-access environments.

The editors invite submissions from JASAL 2017 presenters on their creative and or innovative practices to enrich their self-access environments, which they presented at JASAL 2017. Non-presenters can also submit their reviews of JASAL 2017 or reflections on the conference. The papers can be in English or  Japanese, but we ask contributors writing in Japanese  to submit their abstract in English as well.

This special issue may publish the following:

  1.     Research papers (around 4000 words)
  2.     My-share papers which are less research-focused and emphasize the sharing of practical ideas (around 3500 words)
  3.     Administrative-share papers which provide a platform for administrators concerned with the operations of self-access centers/language learning spaces (around 3500 words)
  4.     Perspectives (opinions and reflections) (around 2000 words)
  5.     Reviews of events, academic books, articles, and learning resources (around 2000 words)

Submissions will follow the usual blind peer review process. Please refer to the following page for a detailed description of submission types and format:

Invitation for Guest Editors for new Multilingual Column in SiSAL Journal

The field of self-access language learning, and related fields such as language learning advising and self-directed language learning, is a growing and dynamic field of scholarly research and pedagogical practice. This research is conducted all over the world, and in many languages. The early groundbreaking work in the wider field of learner autonomy in the 1980s was led by Henri Holec at the Council of Europe working predominantly in French. In Mexico, the field has a very active research community working in Spanish. However, the majority of the research is often published in English.

At SiSAL Journal, we would like to recognise and highlight the hugely valuable contributions being made by colleagues in all contexts and provide a platform for those researchers working languages other than English to connect to others in their field in their own language. SiSAL often features articles about research in non-English speaking contexts, and has always welcomed submissions in languages other than English, but there is no mistaking that English is often assumed as the dominant language of educational (and other academic) research, and few such submissions have been received. Therefore, we would would like to announce a new multilingual SiSAL column and are putting out this Call for Editors. If you are working in self-access in a language other than English and would be interested in editing a column of several papers in that language to appear in an upcoming issue of SiSAL Journal, please get in touch.

The column
Each column instalment will feature three papers about self-access language learning in the featured language of that instalment. The papers can be any format from the SiSAL guidelines, but at least one should be a substantial research paper, perspective or literature review.

The editor(s) of each instalment will be responsible for:

  • Writing a call for papers in the featured language
  • Organising a double blind review of manuscripts (this includes finding and offering guidelines to reviewers)
  • Suggesting revisions to authors
  • Accepting or rejecting papers
  • Proofreading final manuscripts

The regular SiSAL Journal editorial team will offer advice and support throughout the process, but the instalment editor will be in charge of making editorial and content decisions. Editors may like to refer to the following previous Calls for Papers when writing their own Calls:

Column Timelines


Later dates are also possible.

Next steps

Potential editors should contact Chief Column Editor Katherine Thornton at and state the following (in English):

  • Your interest in self-access
  • The country (or countries) that you are working in
  • The language that you would like to publish in
  • The proposed focus of your column (this can be in the form of a Call for Papers, or a more general outline)
  • Details of your own publishing and editing experience
  • Which issue of SiSAL you would like to publish in (if you have a preference)

If you would like to make an informal inquiry before submitting these details, feel free to do so.

SiSAL Journal Issue 7(2)

miniVolume 7, Number 2, June 2016

Special Issue on Virtual and Other Learning Spaces

Edited by Curtis Edlin and Jo Mynard

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  • Virtual and Other Learning Spaces: Introduction to the Special Issue by Jo Mynard and Curtis Edlin (110-114) [full text] [PDF]
  • Informed Eclecticism in the Design of Self-Access Language Learning Environments by Curtis Edlin (115-135) [full text][PDF]
  • Design and Management of a Self-Access Language Learning Space Integrated into a Taught Course by Sahar Alzahrani and Vicky Wright (136-151) [full text][PDF]
  • Exaptating Students’ Social Networks as Affinity Spaces for Teaching and Learning by Tim Murphey, Yoshifumi Fukada, and Joseph Falout (152-167) [full text][PDF]
  • How do Learners Make Use of a Space for Self-Directed Learning? Translating the Past, Understanding the Present, and Strategizing for the Future by Yoshio Nakai (168-181) [full text][PDF]

Discussion Article

Edited by Hisako Yamashita

  • Best Practice Ideas for Learner Advising in New Zealand by Moira Hobbs and Kerstin Dofs (182-192) [full text][PDF]

Language Learning Spaces Part 5: Developing Learner Autonomy Through Integrating the Physical Learning Space with Curriculum

Edited by Katherine Thornton

  • Introduction: Learning Spaces and Curricula: Models for Enhancing LLS Usage and Learner Autonomy Development Through Integration by Katherine Thornton (193-196) [full text][PDF]
  • Raising Awareness: Learning Advising as an In-Class Activity by Kayoko Horai and Elaine Wright (197-209) [full text][PDF]
  • Developing “SotonSmartSkills”: A Reflection on Scaffolded Independent Learning Programmes by Vanessa Mar-Molinero and Christian Lewis (209-219) [full text][PDF]
  • Integrating Self-Access Center Components into Core English Classes by Ann Mayeda, Dirk MacKenzie, and Brian Nuspliger (220-233) [full text][PDF]


Upcoming Event: Empowering Students in Self-Access Learning Conference (ESSALC)

  • Student event to be held at Kanda University of International Studies, Japan on October 15, 2016 (details to follow). Conveners: Kie Yamamoto, Neil Curry and Rob Stevenson. Details on the event Facebook page.

Cover art by Curtis Edlin