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The ReN “Social and Affective Factors in Home Language Maintenance and Development” has three main aims:

  • Research: To foster collaborations and exchange between scholars working on social and affective factors in home language maintenance and development.
  • Dissemination: To disseminate research findings on the importance of home language maintenance and development to stakeholders (e.g. education departments,   policy makers, educators across levels, parents, the mainstream society).
  • Advocacy: To lobby for the recognition and uptake of research findings and to provide expert advice to stakeholders (e.g. submissions to senate inquiries, support and advice to communities on grass-roots initiatives, etc.).

This network investigates the language practices of employed and employment-seeking migrants, using a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. We focus on how migrants construct identities when working in a second language, and when (if ever) they are positioned as legitimate members of the new language and work community.  We explore the perceived barriers faced by migrants who range from low-income workers to highly educated experts. We pay special attention to policies and practices adopted in different national and work-related contexts.

The first ReN meeting was held in connection with the ALAPP conference in Milan to discuss membership, website and future collaborations. Those interested in membership are encouraged to visit the website at 

The AILA ReNLA is focussing on learner autonomy (LA) in foreign/second language learning and teaching. It also includes a variety of sub-topics such as: learner development, learner identity and agency, self-access and advising, learning beyond classroom, e-learning, and teacher autonomy.

With about 500 members from around the world, RenLA facilitates networking for academics and research students in the field. We gather and disseminate information on research, and keep members abreast of events and publications through our web site

A newsletter, the ReNLA Bulletin, is published on the website annually and autonomous learning resources and literature lists are updated and published regularly. The AUTO-L mailing list is facilitating synchronous and asynchronous communication and discussion between members.

With the launch of this new research network in Early Language Learning we hope to raise the profile of research in the field, contributing to the growth of national and regional research groups and stimulating new research focusing on young children in the age group of 3-12 years. Our main aims are:

  • To create synergies across research areas concerned with young children learning additional languages in school and pre-school contexts worldwide;
  • To set out a comprehensive agenda for research in the field of early language learning.

To find out more and to join us, visit our website at