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14th Nordic Workshop on Developing Learner Autonomy in Language Learning and Teaching, 21-23 August 2019

MAKING SPACE FOR AUTONOMY IN AN INSTITUTIONALISED ENVIRONMENT

 

LANGUAGE LEARNING SPACES FOR AUTONOMY: THE ROLE OF THE ENVIRONMENT, BOTH PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL, FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE LEARNER AUTONOMY

"INSTITUTIONALISED" AUTONOMY: NEW FORMATS FOR LEARNER AND TEACHER AUTONOMY FROM KINDERGARDEN TO UNIVERSITY AND BEYOND

The workshop has the same purpose as all earlier Nordic Autonomy Workshops since the first one in Copenhagen in 1986 – namely

“to bring together teachers, teacher educators and research workers to review and discuss classroom experience and on this basis to

  • Discuss the notion of learner autonomy in language learning, its theoretical, practical and philosophical foundations
  • Discuss conditions for promoting learner autonomy and critical awareness
  • Suggest kinds of research needed to elucidate and concretise the various aspects of learner autonomy
  • Share experiences and concepts on an international basis and establish a network of inter-nordic cooperation for the dissemination of ideas and research-based innovation.”

[Gerd Gabrielsen, Copenhagen, July 1986, in her introduction to the first report in 1986]

The title of this workshop reflects two major current discussions in language pedagogy. First, LANGUAGE LEARNING SPACES FOR AUTONOMY: The role of the environment, both physical and virtual, for the development of language learner autonomy. How do we create classrooms; do we even need classrooms? What about self-access areas for learning? How do we work against a separation of "learning spaces" and "non-learning spaces", or do we keep them separate? In the mobile age, how can we bring authentic language resources closer to learners?

Second, we focus on "INSTITUTIONALISED" AUTONOMY: New formats for learner and teacher autonomy from kindergarden to university and beyond. How do new methods like drama pedagogy relate to language learner autonomy? Is our goal more individualised work or is group work just fine or should there be a mix? Does language learner autonomy still require marking systems or summative assessments? Does the idea of curriculum not contradict the notion of individual learning agendas? How should an institution and educational system look like that supports language learner autonomy?

Registration is now closed!

Conference venue

The conference venue is the recently renovated Royal Stable, Appelstrasse 7, not far from the main university building.

Hannover is well known for its industrial fairs. This means that it is advisable to book hotels as early as possible.