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Autonomy in a Connected World

Sponsored by IATEFL Learner Autonomy SIG, the SWON (formerly SWAN) one-day conference will be hosted this year by the Open University, Milton Keynes (within easy reach of London and Birmingham by train). SWON is a network of academics and research students at the universities of Sheffield, Warwick, Nottingham and the Open University, who share an interest in researching and promoting autonomy in language learning.

Invited Speakers

* Elspeth Broady, Independent educational consultant, joint editor of Language Learning Journal

Presentation title: Autonomy and identity – seeing and moving comfort zones.

* Bernd Rüschoff, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany

Presentation title: Web 2.0 tools to actively engage language learners in output-oriented tasks

* Ema Ushioda, Programme Director of the Doctorate of Education in Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK.

Presentation title: Teacher-learner autonomy in a connected world: re-engaging alumni through an online community of practice.

Other presentations

Linda Murphy, Regine Hampel and Ursula Stickler
Learning through experience: developing distance teachers to support collaborative, autonomous language learning

Tim Lewis and Elodie Vialleton
Autonomy and agency in a virtual learning community – the Tridem project

Stella Hurd and Maria Fernandez-Toro
Affect in theory and practice: issues for learning and performance in independent language learning

Maria-Luisa Perez-Cavana
Autonomy and the European Language Portfolio (ELP):
assessing individual learning styles

Mirjam Hauck and Andreas Müller-Hartmann
How can multimodal competence contribute to increased learner control
in online language learning?

Poster session preview

Elizabeth Anthony, University of Bristol, England
Mediating language learning and learner independence: group interactions among English for Special Purposes (ESP) students in a problem-based learning (PBL) classroom

Gloria Chwo, Hungkuang University, Taiwan
Cultivating learner autonomy in an EFL college level literature circle reading class via Author Plus eLearning program

Lucy Cooker, University of Nottingham, England
Q-methodology for researching learner autonomy

Javier Diaz and Eduardo de Gregorio, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
(1) Fostering autonomy in second language acquisition through mobile learning: the EUROPODIANS Project
(2) Videogames and learner independence in second language and culture acquisition: the AMICITIAS Project

Zineb Djoub, Abdelhamid Ibn Badis University, Algeria
‘Affect and students’: autonomy in language learning

Momtaz Garner, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
An empirical study of the relative effectiveness of collaborative and private reading in EFL teaching in Iran

Maria Jordano, Universidad de Educación a Distancia, Madrid, Spain
Conducting an English for Tourism blog in a distance autonomous context

Hideo Kojima, Hirosaki University, Japan,
Developing teacher-learner autonomy and professional identity: a case of initial EFL teachers’ teaching practice in Japan

Damio Siti Maftuhah, School of Education, University of Nottingham, England
Adopting Q-methodology to investigate TESL student teachers conceptualisation of autonomous language learning

Chahrzed Mirza, Open University, England
Impact of multimodal online interactions generated in audio-graphic conferencing systems on knowledge construction process

Kinaz Murshid, University of Bristol, England
Learner autonomy as agency among Syrian EFL university students.

Muge Satar, Open University, England
Social presence in online video communication in a foreign language

Liang Wang, Open University, England
A tale between two cities: constructing learner autonomy in an internet-mediated intercultural language learning context

Sherri Wei, Warwick University, England
Creating a space for reflection


Additional Information

How to Register The conference fee includes lunch and refreshments: Early-bird registration (by Friday 30th October) IATEFL members £45 Non-members £55 Students £25 Late registration IATEFL members £50 Non-members £60 Students £30 Registration More details, online registration and the printable form available at: http://www.learnerautonomy.org/open2009.html