I am a PhD student in the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences at Waseda University. My professional interests include emotions, mindset, and well-being in language learning and teaching, learning beyond the classroom, and transformative learning. I hold a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the University of Birmingham, UK. I have worked for a senior high school and several education companies in Japan. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Aya_Hayasaki hayaaya[at]gmail.com
In this forum, a range of interactive presentations will critically explore the theme of transformative learning communities (TLCs), based on theories of transformative learning where learners reach fundamental shifts in their worldviews and actions through reflection. Presenters will focus on distinct groups of learners (high school students, university students, teachers, teacher trainees, and practitioner-researchers), with forum participants invited to discuss and later share their reflections about TLCs in Learning Learning, the Learner Development SIG's newsletter.
Thirdagers savouring foreign language learning Dorota ZABORSKA I investigate thirdage learners’ experiences of learning foreign languages through the lens of positive psychology. Drawing on interview data I explore connections between the savouring of language learning, overall wellbeing, and how these contribute to so-called successful ageing. Perspective shifts through a high-school social issues research project Aya HAYASAKI This study explores how participation in an English-medium social issues project changes the values and career choices high-school students in a rural region of Japan, and what socio-cultural factors and emotions are involved in the process. The resilience process of Japanese university students over EMI Akiko KIYOTA This study explores resilience and emotions emerging during an EMI course. Tracking university students taking EMI courses, using participants’ weekly reflective journals, interview data, and class observation field notes, the presenter will discuss preliminary results from her pilot study.