LASIG 2022: Reforming the foreign language classroom

Reforming the foreign language classroom – empowering students to take ownership III

Together with LASIG/ IATEFL, the Montessori Foundation Berlin will host a one-day conference on autonomy in language learning.

Please join us for our local LASIG Event „Reforming the foreign language classroom – empowering students to take ownership III“ held at the Montessori Campus Berlin Köpenick – in Berlin, Germany on 17 September 2022.

This third event in a series will focus on inclusive language learning in school settings that already provide learners with some responsibility for their learning. The organizers (Annika Albrecht, Carmen Becker, Leni Dam and Katja Heim) are inspired by the wish to discuss the potentials and challenges of learning and teaching English in open learning scenarios with like-minded people. The plenary is held by Lienhard Legenhausen.

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Call for Papers

closes 15 June 2022

Application Deadline: 15 June 2022
Notification of Acceptance: 31 July 2022
Talks (20 mins + 10 mins discussion time)

We welcome talks and research-based presentations on samples of good practice. Please use our registration form for your paper (see below) to send in your abstract (200-300 words) on any of the following sub-areas of the overarching topic Autonomous Language Learning and Inclusion.

Talks and presentations

  • inclusion in the autonomous foreign language classroom 
  • autonomy in highly heterogenous classrooms
  • autonomy in special needs classrooms
  • multilingual learning environments
  • pluri culture learning environments
  • learner profiles and interests
  • merging learning landscapes
  • oracy in open learning scenarios
  • learner-initiated curricula
  • the roles of the teacher 
  • material and task development

Elevator talks

  • A good autonomy classroom experience (elevator talk, 3 minutes) – sharing experiences‘ is a possibility. Please indicate the specific area of interest on the registration form.

The registration form for your paper can be found here

Applications for Talks should be sent to:


Please note – you can only register online for the event.

To register online, please click here

The deadline for registrations is 2 September 2022
Deadline Early Bird: 15 June 2022

In case of difficulties with the registration, please get in contact with Eleanor:

Registration Fee

Early bird in effect until 15 June 2022
Early Bird Members                        £40
Early Bird Non-Members              £50
Early Bird Students                         £20

As a student please indicate „LABerlin2022Student“.

After 15 June 2022
Regular Fee Members                    £50
Regular Fee Non-Members          £60
Regular Fee Students                     £25

As a student please indicate „LABerlin2022Student“.

Please note: Registration & payment (link) are only possible online.
Please indicate „Lasig Event Berlin 2022“ on your bank transfer.

For information concerning registration, payment and membership, please contact Eleanor Baynham at

For more concrete information about the local event in Berlin, please contact:


8:15-9:15    Registration, coffee and tea

9:30               Opening

09:45            Keynote: Lienhard Legenhausen

10:45            Coffee break

11:15            Parallel sessions

11:55            Parallel sessions

12:35            Parallel sessions

01:05            Lunch break

02:00            Elevator talks (success stories & constraints)

02:45            Workshops & ‚think-tanks‘

03:45            Coffee break

04:15            Share & prepare

04:30            Round table: Views on autonomy & inclusion

05:15            Winding down & evaluation

05:30             End of day

Plenary Speaker: Prof. em. Lienhard Legenhausen

Issues in inclusive education and some answers from autonomous language learning

One of the greatest issues in present day pedagogical discussions and educational politics is the question of how to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The German Parliament ratified it in 2009. Ever since, there have been heated, even polemical debates in the educational literature, on the one hand, and disillusioned practitioners who are forced to implement the law, on the other. 

I will introduce basic principles of inclusion, discuss some of the issues involved in their implementation, and then argue that the experiences and achievements of autonomous language learning, gained over several decades, will be of great help to inclusive classrooms.

Prof. Dr. Lienhard Legenhausen / Foto: privat

Biographical information

Lienhard Legenhausen is Professor Emeritus of Language Pedagogy at the University of Münster, Germany. His research interests include the study of learner language, technology-enhanced language learning as well as learner-centred approaches to classroom learning/teaching. Together with Leni Dam, Denmark, he carried out the LAALE project (Language Acquisition in an Autonomous Learning Environment) in which they systematically observed the linguistic development of a class of Danish mixed ability learners over a period of four years.  For the last 12 years he has taught methodology courses and linguistics in the English and German departments of the National University of Cherkasy, Ukraine. Together with David Little and Leni Dam he co-authored Language Learner Autonomy – Theory, Practice and Research, published by Multilingual Matters in 2017.

Organizing Team and Contact

The initiators and organizers of the series of local events on Reforming English Lessons are:

  • Annika Albrecht, Montessori Stiftung Berlin/ Montessori Campus Berlin Köpenick
  • Professor Dr. Carmen Becker, TU Braunschweig
  • Dr. hc. Leni Dam
  • Dr. Katja Heim, Universität Duisburg-Essen


Annika Albrecht (local organizer)
Montessori Stiftung Berlin
Grünstraße 23
12555 Berlin-Köpenick

The Venue

Public transport to the venue


Impressions of former LASIG Events