The Power of Reflection: Field-tested Tips on Implementing Critical Learner Reflection

At one point or another in our learning journeys, we have probably all been asked to reflect on our learning experiences. As a teaching professional, you may also have asked your students to engage in reflection. Although educators across disciplines have long recognized its importance and applicability across a wide variety of educational settings, reflection remains a challenging concept for educators across disciplines to firmly grasp in practice. In this session, the presenter will explore (a) what learner reflection entails, (b) why learner reflection is critically important, according to up-to-date theory and research, and (c) how to implement reflection in ways that will help learners reap its benefits.

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    Li-Shih Huang

    Li-Shih Huang completed her Ph.D. at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Prior to joining the University of Victoria in 2006, she was a full-time faculty member at the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto. Li-Shih’s academic training includes degrees in organizational psychology, international business and marketing, education, and applied linguistics. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and is affiliated with the Learning and Teaching Centre at the University of Victoria as Learning and Teaching Scholar-in-Residence.

    Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree, Li-Shih spent over six years in management positions with multinational corporations. Since her first language-teaching job in 1992, Li-Shih has garnered extensive experiences in instruction and curriculum design in English language teaching (ELT) for general, academic, and business purposes at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Canada and overseas. Her creativity in designing pedagogical materials has been recognized by the largest international professional association in the field, TESOL, which awarded her the Mary Finocchiaro Award for Excellence in the Development of Pedagogical Materials. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator for three major research projects, with two funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and one supported by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS™).

    Li-Shih’s teaching and research interests include applied linguistics, second language acquisition, English for academic purposes across disciplines, needs and outcomes assessment, corpus-aided discovery learning, and language learning strategies in language-learning and language-testing contexts. She is also multilingual, with her translation competency accredited by national authorities in Australia (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) and Canada (Federal Government’s Translation Bureau).

    Visit Li-Shih's website for additional information about her recent publications.