Independent Learning Association
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We invite you to join us for Independent Learning Association Conference at Konan Women’s University in the beautiful port city of Kobe, Japan.

The conference starts from the premise that language learning does not entail a static, one-way acquisition of knowledge, but is rather a more dynamic and collaborative process, where “knowledge” is constructed by individuals and/or groups working together - what David Little has referred to as “the inescapably dialogic nature of language and learning.” (Little, 2007:10)

At ILA 2018 — Whose Autonomy? Voices and Agency in Language Learning — we would like to focus on the different voices engaged in this co-construction of knowledge in autonomous language learning, and explore issues relating to agency within the autonomous learning process.

Within this overarching theme, we will be welcoming presentations, symposia, workshops and posters related to (but not restricted to):

critical thinking
motivation, affect
learner training
curriculum and material design
teacher/learning advisor autonomy
young learners
learner/teacher beliefs
The contexts for the research would include the classroom, self-access learning spaces, social learning spaces, and virtual learning spaces.

Kobe Port skyline photo: By 663highland (Own work) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons