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]

Reviews 

  • 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. https://jasalorg.com
  • The Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL), 2019 Conference November 30-December 1, Otemon Gakuin University, Osaka, Japan. https://jasalorg.com
  • 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. https://www.iapll.com/pll4

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.

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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]

Review

  • 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. https://www.iapll.com/pll4

 

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.

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:
https://sisaljournal.org/for-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]

Leadership

  • 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. https://jasalorg.com/2017/06/08/call-for-presentations-jasal-2017/

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. https://sisaljournal.org/for-authors/cfp-leadership/

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

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Student Leadership in Self-Access

Call for papers. SiSAL Journal is planning to publish a special issue on student leadership in self-access in December 2017 (Volume 8, Issue 4) edited by Kevin Knight, Jo Mynard, and Erin Okamoto. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: September 10th, 2017.

Information for potential contributors

The editors take view that language learner autonomy and self-access learning can be applied  to other areas of students’ lives and not just the process of language learning. Equally, by engaging in leadership roles, learners take charge of not only aspects of their lives but also their language learning. Further, we believe that a Self-Access Learning center (SALC) can and does promote student leadership development. Until now the bodies of work on language learner autonomy / self-access and on student leadership have taken two separate academic paths, yet there are benefits for combining the two fields. A closer examination of the literature alongside an investigation of how leadership is conceptualized in self-access learning could shed light on our understanding of language learner autonomy. In this special issue, we hope to explore the two overlapping fields by featuring contributions from different contexts and perspectives. One such perspective may be where self-access learners are engaged in leadership roles. These roles might include students working or volunteering in a SALC, students organizing events, or students taking charge of other aspects of SALCs. Another perspective may be how self-access learning makes it possible for individual students or groups of students to achieve shared visions or create social change. A third perspective may be how self-access learners conceptualize leadership.  Finally, how do SALC leaders’ conceptualizations of  leadership and self-access learning influence SALC design and operations? Continue reading