Innovation in Teaching   About me | Books | Articles | Free Tools | Hire me | Contact


Researching autonomy – a list of instruments

I have started compiling a list of instruments used to measure different aspects of learner autonomy. You can see the inventory here. If you know of any other instruments (maybe one you developed yourself?), please do contact me.

The Relationship Between Autonomy and Language Acquisition

The relationship between learner autonomy and language acquisition has long fascinated researchers but very few studies exist that have explicitly investigated how they might be connected. In this study we will be monitoring an entire cohort of university students over a period of five years, recording all of their language instruction (both at university and elsewhere) and for a subset of students all of their out-of-class exposure and learning will be recorded as well. In addition we will collect a range of data related to autonomy, such as Willingness to Communicate, motivation and engagement with opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. All this information will be related to students’ language proficiency as it develops over five years.

The first phase of the project is now in progress and language and WTC data has been collected for 2328 students.

Preliminary results will be made available on a dedicated website in the coming months.

Journal – Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching (Taylor & Francis)

Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching is an international, peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis, and edited by myself with Terry Lamb. The journal is devoted to methodological and pedagogical innovation in language teaching and research. It publishes research articles, review articles and book/materials reviews relating to different approaches to, methods for, and modes of language learning and teaching. The most recent issue (3:4) is a special issue guest-edited by Richard Smith on the topic of ‘teacher education for autonomy’. A list of editorial and review board members is available here. We invite authors to submit articles that fall within the journal’s scope. For more information visit the journal’s website.

Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching is indexed in:
Australian Research Council (ARC) Ranked Journal List
Contents Pages in Education
Current Abstracts
MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts


Reviews Editor wanted

Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching is a highly regarded peer-reviewed journal published bi-annually by Taylor and Francis ( We are looking for a reviews editor to source new publications related to the theme of innovation and to solicit reviews of a high standard. The reviews editor position is for a period of three years and is not remunerated.

If you are interested, please send us a brief note at info at innovationinteaching dot org, describing who you are and your interest in/experience with the theme of innovation. We would also like to hear from you what you aim to bring to the journal. Please contact us by September 1.

Hayo Reinders & Terry Lamb (Editors)

Call for Papers: AILA Research Network Symposium at AILA in Rio de Janeiro 2017

The Research Network on Digital Games is calling for papers for its symposium at the upcoming AILA Congress in 2017 in Rio, Brazil (

Research on digital gaming and Second/Foreign language teaching and learning is anchored in the emerging areas of informal Second/Foreign language teaching and learning, and but also has its roots in research in autonomy and new literacies studies. As a growing area of research, we are especially interested in expanding the conversation on the following theme:

1) exploring how games provide opportunities for language input and interaction in informal settings, and
2) identifying ways in which gaming environments can be used for collecting data about language use in out-of-class settings.
AILA 2017 will be a particularly exciting venue for researchers on digital gaming as the Latin American market has been identified as significant growth area, and Brazil is the market leader. We are anticipating warm reception of the symposium among both international and regional academics and educators.

If you are interested in joining us, we would like to invite you to submit a 2-300 word abstract for a 20-min individual presentation. Although we are particularly interested in papers presenting empirical data, papers focusing on theoretical or historical perspectives are also welcome. Please submit your abstract to either Alice Chik or myself.

New book series: New Language Learning and Teaching Environments
I am very excited to announce a new book series for Palgrave Macmillan on ‘New Language Learning and Teaching Environments’, dedicated to recent developments in learner-centred approaches and the impact of technology on learning and teaching inside and outside the language classroom. I am now inviting submissions for full-length manuscripts and edited books.

New Language Language Learning and Teaching Environments offers a multidisciplinary forum for presenting and investigating the latest developments in language education, taking a pedagogic approach with a clear focus on the learner, and with clear implications for both researchers and language practitioners.

Aims and scope:
• To publish cutting-edge research into current developments and innovation in language learning and teaching practice.

• To publish applied accounts of the ways in which these developments impact on current and future language education.

• To encourage dissemination and cross-fertilisation of policies and practice relating to learner-centred pedagogies for language learning and teaching in new learning environments.

• To disseminate research and best practice in out-of-class and informal language learning.

Work on New Language Environments encompasses research (both theoretical and applied) and development in areas as diverse as (and not limited to):

Virtual learning environments
Learner Autonomy
Self-access centres
Blended learning
Distance learning
Self-directed learning
Content and Language Integrated Learning
Work-based learning
Community initiatives
Mobile learning
New Literacies
Situated learning
Language Support
Language Advising and Counselling

You can download more information about the series and submission guidelines here. I encourage you to consider submitting a proposal. Feel free to contact me with any questions.


Bookmark and Share
Recent books
Innovation in Language Learning & Teaching. The case of Thailand.

Contemporary Task-based Language Teaching in Asia.
© Innovation in Teaching 1998-2016. All rights reserved.