Learning Advisor Education

Upcoming courses (scroll down for dates)

Confirmed schedule for 2021-22 

(Maximum 20 participants)

  • Course 1* – May 2, 9, 16, 23 (2021)
  • Course 2 – July 4, 11, 18,  25 (2021)
  • Course 3 – September 26, October 3, 10, 17 (2021)
  • Course 4 – November 21, 28, December 5, 12 (2021)
  • Course 5 – January 30, February 6, 13, 20 (2022)

*Course 1 is open to Kanda University MA TESOL students for credit. It will be repeated in February or March 2022 (dates TBC).


Overview: What will I gain from the Learning Advisor Education (LAE) program?

The Learning Advisor Education (LAE) program enables you to become a professional advisor and a skilled practitioner in conducting reflective dialogue with learners to promote autonomy.

The LAE program includes five courses (Getting Started, Going Deeper, Becoming Aware, Transformation, and Becoming an Autonomous Teacher Leader) by providing initial and continuing education for those who wish to become professional advisors.

​√ On completion of each course in the LAE program, you will receive a Certificate from the Research Institute of Learner Autonomy Education (RILAE), Kanda University of International Studies.

Read more about the structure of the courses

I am not an advisor. Can I still attend the program?

Yes, anyone with enthusiasm and an open mind to new forms of education is welcome to attend. You do not have to be a professional educator or a researcher to attend this program. You may decide whether to take the more advanced courses or not after completing each course. If you decide to proceed to the more advanced levels in the LAE program, you may further develop your expertise in advising/learner autonomy.

What you will learn in the LAE program is highly adaptable to your own context. In fact, although our advisor education programs were originally designed for professional educators, they have been expanded to include many other fields in recent years, both domestically and internationally. Our participants range from university lecturers, school teachers, staff in human resources, marketing, administrators and many more.

What future possibilities do I have by joining the program?

By completing the entire program, you will be entitled to become registered as an official RILAE advisor.

The ultimate goal of this program is to help you become an advisor educator who is an expert on promoting learner autonomy through conducting reflective dialogue and who is capable of providing education to other advisors. In addition, as the program is part of RILAE, by undergoing the four courses in the LAE program, you are encouraged to develop strong reflective practice and research skills which may potentially enable you to start the process of preparing to write a research proposal for a PhD.

About RILAE