Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL) / Otemon Gakuin University
Katherine is an associate professor at Otemon Gakuin University, Osaka, and Events Coordinator for JASAL. Her research interests include multilingualism, language policy in non-classroom language learning spaces and language learner identity.
This forum examines learner communities in self-access spaces, through several presentations and a follow-up discussion. Topics covered include fostering teaching assistant study groups in a self-access context, learner engagement and identity with a social learning space as examined through the lens of the community of practice framework (Wenger-Trayner & Wenger-Trayner, 2015), and the challenge of sustaining and enhancing a community of learners split across two university campuses.