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A great graphic by Bulger with all the different meanings of the term 'personalisation'.

Bulger, M. 2016. Personalized Learning: The Conversations We’re Not Having. New York: Data and Society Research Institute.

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New book on autonomy, here is the TOC

Innovations and Challenges in Applied Linguistics and
Learner Autonomy
Edited by
Christine Nicolaides
Walkyria Magno e Silva

Innovations and Challenges in Applied Linguistics and Learner Autonomy
Preface – Phil Benson
Introduction by the editors
Part 1 – Autonomy in and out of the classroom
Agency and Empowerment towards the Pursuit of Sociocultural Autonomy in
Language Learning – Christine Nicolaides
Teacher autonomy: From the conventional promotion of independent learning to
the critical appropriation of language policies - Jaime Usma and Oscar Peláez
Classroom participation as learners’ engagement and autonomous behavior in
foreign language learning - Carolina Bernales
Internationalizing academic literacies: the changing face of collaboration and
teacher-learner autonomy in writing and publication - Nara Nogueira
A autonomia sociocultural em favor da sustentação de propósitos em aprender
uma língua - Edson Estarneck
A aprendizagem móvel e a autonomia de aprendizes de língua inglesa Vanessa
Moreno Mota
Re-imagining the margins: Exploring the transformative potential of technology
and out-of-class learning - Hayo Reinders and Cynthia White
Part 2 – Learner Autonomy, Advising and Self-representation
The role of self-access centers in foreign language learners autonomization process
Walkyria Magno e Silva
Advising for language learning: the role of reflective dialogues - Marina Mozzon
“It’s all in the writing” – (Learning) diaries and secret diaries in a pedagogy for
autonomy - Leena Karlsson
Influences of Advising in Language Learning in the trajectory of former advisees:
a study of autonomy under the complexity perspective - Jhonatan Rabello and
Larissa Dantas Rodrigues Borges
Aconselhamento Linguageiro na Autonomização de Aprendentes Surdos de
Português como Segunda Língua sob a Ótica da Complexidade– Eder Barbosa Cruz
How language advisers perceive themselves: exploring a role through narratives -
Maria Giovanna Tassinari

Some tips for learning from Leo Babauta:

The 4 Keys to Learning Anything

By Leo Babauta

I’ve been studying how to learn, as I try to teach myself new skills … and absolutely love learning new things. But I keep running up against a few key problems:

Becoming overwhelmed. The more you learn, the more you see there is to learn. The beginner doesn’t know how much there is to study, but as you start to explore, you find new caverns, and they are immense. Then as you explore those caverns, you find even bigger ones. It can become overwhelming, and lots of people eventually give up because of this feeling.
Failure feels bad. If you want to learn to play chess, you’ll lose a lot at first. Then you get better, and lose a lot. In fact, no matter how good you get, you’ll probably lose a bunch of times. This happens not just with games, but with learning languages, physical skills, academic subjects — you’ll fail a lot. There are ways to set it up so that you rarely fail, but then you’re not really learning much.
It can feel like you’re just treading water. In a fantasy world, you’d learn at a breakneck pace, downloading new skills and knowledge into your brain like they do in the Matrix. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. You read and read, or practice and practice, and a lot of the time you barely get better. Other people seem to be learning at twice your speed! Sometimes it seems like you’re not learning anything. This can be really discouraging.
There’s always a strong feeling of uncertainty. Humans don’t like the feeling of uncertainty, for the most part. We avoid it, become afraid of it, get angry or frustrated. But when you try to learn a new skill, it’s almost all uncertainty. You constantly forget things, you don’t understand anything, or when you think you do understand, you try it and it turns out you didn’t understand at all. This feeling of uncertainty causes a lot of people to give up.
OK, so we all want to learn skills — new languages, programming skills, physical skills, history, math, writing, games, so much more. But these four problems stand in our way.

Let’s take them on. We’re going to discover four keys to overcoming these four problems, so that we can tackle anything we want to learn.

First Key: Small Focuses

Yes, it’s true: there’s a vast amount of things to learn, and it can be overwhelming. But that’s true of life itself — there’s so much to see and do, and no one can ever do it all. All we can do is one step at a time.

So we have to not focus on all the innumerable huge caverns that have yet to be explored … but the ground right in front of us.

What small area can we study right now?

What small focus can we conquer? What little area can we explore?

Ignore all the vast uncharted territories for now, shut the rest of the world out, and just be in this one place. Just study this one thing. One small step at a time, a few small steps each day, and we can explore a lot over time.

Second Key: Flip Failure on Its Head

Did you all see the video of Deepmind’s AI after it taught itself to walk? The amazing thing about this is that it did all of that through trial and error. Every single mistake was a lesson.

In fact, that’s similar to how we learn. We don’t know that our knowledge is wrong until we test it out and see whether it works. We can’t truly learn something new until we try and fail a bunch of times.

We all learned to walk that way … wobbly, falling down, until we got the hang of it. That’s also how we learned to talk, to feed ourselves with a spoon, etc. Sure, we had the benefit of being able to see examples of doing it right, but we had to try and fail a whole lot of times before we got it.

Unfortunately, at some point we start to fear failure, but that fear is just holding us back. Failure is really the learning process. Every loss at chess, every falling down when we’re learning a backflip … those are lessons.

So instead of looking at failure as “bad,” we have to flip it on its head. Failure is a lesson, an opportunity to get better, a wise old teacher telling us where we need to focus our learning efforts.

When you fail, smile and say thank you for the lesson.

Third Key: Find Enjoyment in the Process

It’s a tough thing when we feel we’re not making progress, that things are moving too slowly. We want to get to expert level (or at least “advanced beginner”) as quickly as we can, and when it takes five times as long, we can get frustrated.

The answer is to forget about the pace of our progress, but just focus on enjoying the process of learning.

It’s like when you go on a hike, and you’re fixed on getting to your beautiful destination … but it’s a long journey, and you get frustrated by how long it’s taking. Instead, focusing on the journey itself is a better way of traveling. Enjoy the scenery, the exertion, the beauty of each step.

When we’re learning, instead of focusing on where we want to be, we can enjoy the particular focus we’re studying right now. We can be grateful for where we are, for having the opportunity to learn at all. We can enjoy the falling down, and any progress we’ve made so far.

Whenever we find ourselves wishing things were moving faster, that’s a good sign to change focus to where we are.

Fourth Key: Learn to Relish Uncertainty

I think the uncertainty of learning something new, of being in such a foreign place, is probably the most difficult thing. We don’t like that uncertainty, and we usually shy away from it.

With conscious practice, we can change our feeling about uncertainty. We can start to find the joy in this place of not knowing, of not being in complete control, of not having solid ground under our feet. That might sound weird, but it’s possible.

Let’s take a few examples:

You’re learning to play Go, and you are playing your first few games. You keep losing, you don’t have any idea where you should play, you worry that every stone you place is a big mistake. This is a place of uncertainty. Can you enjoy this process of trying something and not knowing how it will turn out? Be curious about what might happen when you play your moves? See it as an exciting opportunity to experiment, to explore, to play and have fun!
When you’re learning a language, you might be deeply afraid of speaking, because you don’t know what you’re doing (uncertainty). But if you don’t speak, you’ll never learn. So instead of fearing this uncertainty, you dive in and make a complete fool of yourself. Better to be a fool who’s learning than the chicken who doesn’t learn anything new. It’s like dancing wildly with random moves in the middle of a crowd … just have fun being silly! You can do the same thing with speaking a new language — try it, look foolish, enjoy this place of wild abandon.
When you’re learning to play music, you can get stuck on the certainty of learning songs from sheet music, because it’s easy to just follow pre-written instructions. But you don’t really learn until you put the sheet music away and try to play the song on your own. And you really learn when you try to play without following someone else’s pre-written music — just playing your own song, riffing and making it up as you play. Of course it’s much more uncertain, and will probably suck. But so what? Just have fun and make stuff up. Relish this place of creation and uncertainty.
So uncertainty can be enjoyed if we think of it as play. If we think of it as creation, learning, exploration, curiosity, finding out, experimenting, openness and newness. It’s courage.

Be courageous today, and put yourself in a place of uncertainty. And then let your heart fill up with the freedom of not knowing and flying without a plan.

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New book on Autonomy: Innovations and Challenges in Applied Linguistics and Autonomy


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New article on autonomy in Language Teaching 50/1

"Autonomy in second language phonology: Choice vs. limits" by Alene Moyer


SUBMISSION DUE DATE: December 31st, 2017


International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT)

Guest Editor: Professor Christina Gitsaki


The International Association of Applied Linguistics is organizing its 18th World Congress on July

23-28, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The theme of the World Congress is “Innovation and

Epistemological Challenges in Applied Linguistics” and covers a range of topics including the use of

technology in language teaching and learning.


This special issue of IJCALLT( would like to invite those AILA 2017

World Congress delegates who are presenting a paper on the use of technology for language

teaching and learning to consider submitting a manuscript for inclusion in this scholarly journal.


Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

• CALL and language teaching

• Gamification in language learning and teaching

• Corpus Studies

• Digital courseware design

• Distance/Online language education

• Evaluation of CALL programs

• Language testing in CALL environments

• Mobile learning and teaching

• Monitoring and assessment in online collaborative learning

• Multimedia language learning and teaching

• Social networking in language learning and teaching

• Teacher education


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on AILA

2017on or beforeDecember 31st, 2017.All submissions must be original and may not be under review



All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA

style for reference citations.

All inquires should be should be directed to the attention of:

Prof. Dr. Christina Gitsaki

Guest Editor

International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT)


PLEASE NOTE: All submissions should be created using the link below language/41023.

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Interesting game to choose policies to influence English education in Thailand.

Now online and ready to be played (in both Thai and English versions).
You can play it at (Note: it doesn’t work very well in IE, so please use Chrome, Firefox or Safari)

If you enjoy playing the game or find it useful, please forward the URL to friends (and students and anyone else who might be interested) and encourage them to play it, or post a message about the game on social media.

Thanks in advance, and good luck with selecting projects to improve Thai education.
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