Learner Development General Forum

Learner Development SIG Identities

Sat, Nov 13, 10:45-12:15 Asia/Tokyo

Location: Room 23

In this LD SIG forum, presenters will look at who the LD SIG is as a special interest group. What does learner development mean to SIG members? What experiences have members valued? What research have members embarked on? Where is the SIG going? How is the LD SIG interpretation of learner development evolving? The forum will feature timed rounds of interactive narratives highlighting themes such as self-regulation, autonomy, learner identities, and lifelong learning.

  • Gareth Barnes

    Gareth Barnes is a lecturer at Yokohama City University who specializes in TESOL. He is a language development enthusiast, whose Master of Research thesis at Macquarie University examines the emergence of language learner ecologies for Third Age learners, looking at the insights into language development that can be gained from researching older adults. He serves as the Publicity Officer for the Yokohama JALT Chapter and has been actively involved in TESOL for over 18 years.

  • Blair Barr

    Programs chair of the JALT Learner Development SIG and part-time lecturer in the Tokyo area. Interests include CALL, adaptive online workbook development, assessment, sociolinguistics, and World Englishes.

  • Aya Hayasaki

    I am a Ph.D. student in at Waseda University and a part-time lecturer at Tama Art University in Japan. My professional interests include L2 learner and teacher well-being, learning beyond the classroom, and transformative learning, especially in rural contexts. I hold a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the University of Birmingham, UK. Researchgate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aya-Hayasaki Twitter etc. https://lit.link/ayahayasaki

  • Sakae Onoda

    Sakae Onoda teaches at Juntendo University.

Learner Development SIG Identities

Connecting with the theme of the JALT 2021 conference, Reflections and New Perspectives, we would like to use the forum as an opportunity to look at who we are as a special interest group.  What learner development means to us, and what brought us to be a part of the group? Why did we join? What experiences have we valued? What research have we embarked on as individuals or as members of a group? In addition, where are we going as a SIG? How is our interpretation of learner development evolving? What will the future of learner development mean to you or the larger community? 

The forum will feature 3 individual narratives and autoethnographies that highlight themes such as self-regulation, autonomy, learner identities, and lifelong learning. 


(1) Sakae Onoda, Juntendo University
How can learners be assisted in becoming self-regulated?
keywords: self-regulation, individual differences, volition, online learning

(2) Gareth Barnes, Macquarie University, Ochanomizu University, Tokai University
Language and its role in learner development
keywords: ecology, development, third age

(3) Aya Hayasaki, Waseda University
Learner Development Research through Autoethnography: With a Critical Reflection
keywords: autoethnography, identity development, beyond the classroom

The presentations will be followed by reflective writing and discussions among participants on the theme. Presenters and participants will be invited to contribute writing and related resources to the LD SIG’s newsletter, Learning Learning.

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