LASIG 2021: Reforming the foreign language classroom

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

Virtual one day-event

Together with LASIG/ IATEFL, the Montessori Foundation Berlin will host a one-day online 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 November 27, 2021. 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. At the kick-off event in Essen in 2018, we initiated networks for implementing ideas developed there. In Braunschweig in 2019, we took the community a step further by giving them the opportunity to present findings from their networks and to share insights and materials. Our third event in 2021 aims at widening our network and bringing the researchers and practitioners in the field of ALL even closer together. New contributions that support the development and spread of Learner Autonomy in school settings as well as teacher education are welcome.

Call for Papers

July 1st – September 15th, 2021

Application Deadline: September 15th 2021
Notification of Acceptance: 31.09.2021
Talks (20 mins + 10 mins discussion time)

We welcome research based presentations as well as talks on samples of good practice. Please use our registration form to send in your abstract (200-300 words) on any of the following areas:

  • 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
  • A good autonomy classroom experience (max. 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 19 November 2021.
Deadline Early Bird: 30. September 2021

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

Registration Fee

Early Bird Members                        £6
Early Bird Non-Members             £10
Regular Fee Members                   £10
Regular Fee Non-Members          £14

Please note: Registration & payment (link) are only possible online.
Please indicate „Lasig Event Berlin 2021“ 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:


10:00 am          Opening

10.15 am          Keynote: Lienhard Legenhausen

11.15 am          Coffee break (breakout rooms with different functions)

11.45 am          Parallel sessions

12.15 pm          Lunch break (breakout rooms with different functions)

01.15 pm          Parallel sessions  

01:45 pm          Short break

02:00 pm          Meet the autonomous alumni

02:45 pm          Your stories about Inclusion from your classroom
                              (success stories & constraints)

03.15 pm          Grab your coffee

03:30 pm          Share and prepare 

04:15 pm          Short break

04:30 pm          Round table: Views on how to deal with autonomy &

05:15 pm          Winding down & evaluation

05.30 pm          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

Impressions of former LASIG Events