LAb Sessions

The aim of the LAb Sessions is to facilitate the global exchange of research and best practice in autonomy in language education.

Objectives include:

  • Providing an on open platform for researchers and autonomy practitioners to meet
  • Facilitating collaborative research and exchange of best practice
  • Creating a community of researchers in autonomy

LAb sessions will be streamed live, recorded and also archived on this website. Everyone is welcome to participate in these free events, either by proposing a short presentation, joining the sessions online in real time (with the option of posting questions and comments for the presenters), or viewing the recording later.

Upcoming LAb

Date:  28 June 2019
Time: 3-5pm Tokyo time
Theme: Teacher/advisor education for learner autonomy

Participants will include:

Katja Heim, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Satoko Kato, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan
Sarah Mercer, University of Graz, Austria

Session facilitators: Satoko Kato, Jo Mynard, Hayo Reinders, Scott Shelton-Strong, Ward Peeters

Link to session:
Access code: 900-823-733 (

LAb archive

Date:  Thursday November 8th, 2018
Theme: Identity and learner autonomy
Recordings, abstracts and slides here


Alice Chik, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
Sin Wang Chong, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Maria de la Paz Adelia Peña Clavel, UNAM, Mexico
Carol Griffiths, AIS, New Zealand
Jacqueline Tiburcio Barwis, Universidad Veracruzana, Veracruz, México
Kie Yamamoto, Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan

Date: June 4th, 2018
Theme: Affect and learner autonomy
Recordings and slides here

In our second LAb session, we explored the role of affective factors in the development of learner autonomy.

Christina Gkonou – Featured workshop: Managing emotions for learner autonomy
Kevin Knight – Bright idea: Motivating SALC learning advisors with inspirational leadership and business consulting models
Hisako Yamashita –  Featured presentation: Affect as an “essential resource” in the development of learner autonomy
Sina Takada – Research report: Affect in a study group (peer group)
Neil Curry and Kate Maher – Innovative practice: CBT-based classroom activities for language anxiety
Diana Feick – Research report: Emotions and group autonomy
Dominic Edsall – Research report: A pilot project on teacher negotiation of learner autonomy
Satoko Kato – Innovative practice: Enhancing professional well-being of teachers and advisors through reflective dialogue
Maria de la Paz Adelia Peña Clavel – Book review: Emotions in Second Language Teaching by Juan De Dios Martinez Agudo (Ed.)
Tim Murphey – Featured presentation: The emotional impact of adding social testing components to regular tests and quizzes
Eduardo Castro – Featured presentation: Emotions in advising in language learning

Session facilitators: Satoko Kato, Jo Mynard, Hayo Reinders, Scott Shelton-Strong

Date: November 16th, 2017
Theme: Evaluating autonomous language learning
Recordings and slides here
Featured speakers: Carol J. Everhard, (formerly) Aristotle University, Greece; Maria Giovanna Tassinari, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany; Ellie Law, University of Hong Kong; Paul Moore, University of Queensland, Australia. Read more…
Other speakers: Michael Burke, Huw Davies, Curtis Edlin, Satoko Watkins, Kanda University of International Studies
Moderators: Hayo Reinders, Unitec, New Zealand; Jo Mynard, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan
Host: The Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education (RILAE), Kanda University of International Studies, Japan. In this first LAb session, we explored ways in which we might identify and evaluate autonomy in language learning, or particular aspects or dimensions of it.