Beyond The Abstracts: Language Policy in Self-Access Learning

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Description

In this Beyond The Abstracts conversation I speak with Katherine Thornton. Katherine is an Associate Professor at the Institute for General Education of Otemon Gakuin University, Osaka, Japan. In addition to teaching and working as a learning advisor, she is also Program Director of their Self-Access Learning Center, known as E-CO. Katherine is also the President of the Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL).

We cover:

  • Katherine’s education, background, and negotiation of professional, personal, and research identities.
  • Her advice for early career scholars in the fields of autonomy or self-access learning.
  • We also delve into her research on language policy and self-access: exploring what it is and why it is important, the relationship between language policy and local user needs, and multilingualism in self-access learning spaces in Japan.
  • Lastly, we cover Katherine’s ideas about the current state and future of the field of self-access learning.

This conversation will be essential viewing for anyone with an interest in these areas.

https://learnerautonomy.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/researcher-interviews/

Period8 Jan 2024

Media contributions

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Media contributions

  • TitleBeyond The Abstracts: Language Policy in Self-Access Learning
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size42 minutes
    Country/TerritoryJapan
    Date8/01/24
    DescriptionIn this Beyond The Abstracts conversation I speak with Katherine Thornton. Katherine is an Associate Professor at the Institute for General Education of Otemon Gakuin University, Osaka, Japan. In addition to teaching and working as a learning advisor, she is also Program Director of their Self-Access Learning Center, known as E-CO. Katherine is also the President of the Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL).

    We cover
    - Katherine’s education, background, and negotiation of professional, personal, and research identities.
    - Her advice for early career scholars in the fields of autonomy or self-access learning.
    - We also delve into her research on language policy and self-access: exploring what it is and why it is important, the relationship between language policy and local user needs, and multilingualism in self-access learning spaces in Japan.
    - Lastly, we cover Katherine’s ideas about the current state and future of the field of self-access learning.

    This conversation will be essential viewing for anyone with an interest in these areas.
    URLhttps://learnerautonomy.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/researcher-interviews/#policy
    PersonsThomas Stringer, Katherine Thornton