Kathleen M. Bailey's session approaches the topic of learner autonomy in the contexts of conversations in the target language. In order to get input, experience interaction, and produce conversational output, second language learners need to participate in sustained conversations. However, speaking a new language entails taking risks – and that’s where communications strategies come into play.

About the presenter: 

Kathleen M. Bailey is professor of applied linguistics at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a professor in the TESOL Masters Program at Anaheim University as well as Chair of the TIRF Board of Trustees and President of the foundation. She has served on the TIRF Board of Trustees since 2000. She received her M.A. in TESOL and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Bailey has worked with language teachers in Australia, Brazil, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Uruguay, Poland, Argentina, Brazil, Thailand, Trinidad, Czechoslovakia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the U.S. In 1998-99 she was the president of TESOL. She is the recipient of numerous awards for services to teaching.