Kanda University of International Studies
Bethan Kushida is a Principal Lecturer in the English Language Institute at Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan. Her areas of interest include learner autonomy, learner identity and learning beyond the classroom.
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.