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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Full Title: IATEFL Learner Autonomy SIG: Learner Autonomy in Second Language Pedagogy and Research

Short Title: LASIG 2013
Location: Hannover, Germany
Start Date: 27-Sep-2013 - 28-Sep-2013
Contact: Klaus Schwienhorst
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.lasig2013.uni-hannover.de/
Meeting Description: IATEFL Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group (LASIG)
Local conference, 27-28 September 2013
Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Learner Autonomy in Second Language Pedagogy and Research - Challenges and Issues

Why is it so difficult to convince learners, teachers, parents, and institutions of the benefits of learner autonomy? Why is ‘learner autonomy’ often perceived as an ‘added component’ or a ‘waste of time’ rather than an integral part of language learning? How can these obstacles be overcome in contexts ranging from primary or secondary school contexts up to languages for specific purposes programmes and adult education?

Four internationally acclaimed researchers and practitioners in the field of learner autonomy will address this vital question in their plenary talks:

David Little, Trinity College, Dublin
Leni Dam, IATEFL LASIG coordinator, Denmark
Lienhard Legenhausen, University of Münster, Germany
Elisabet Arnó Macià, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Escola Politècnica Superior d’Enginyeria de Vilanova i la Geltrú (EPSEVG), Spain

Apart from the four plenaries, there will be several rounds of parallel talks and workshops.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.1380

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