Situating Strategy Use: Strategic Learning in an Uncertain World 


Welcome to
SSU4 Conference 2022

Wednesday and Thursday, 23-24 November, 2022 ​
In Blended Format ​
Registrations open 31 March 2022.

The Fourth International Conference on Situating Strategy Use: Strategic Learning in an Uncertain World will be held in Wellington, New Zealand on 23 - 24 November 2022. This interdisciplinary conference aims to stimulate ongoing research and explore less frequently investigated issues concerning learning strategies by inviting an international community of scholars to participate.

The scope of the conference includes acquisition and use of learning strategies in formal education settings, both inside and outside the classroom, as well as acquisition and use of learning strategies outside of formal education settings, such as at home, in the community and in the workplace.

The conference will highlight three main threads:

  • Learning strategies in an increasingly uncertain world,

  • Learning strategies across the curriculum, and

  • Technology use for strategic learning.


In addition, presentations are invited on, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Strategic learning in an uncertain world

  • Learning strategies across the curriculum

  • Theory building in learning strategy research

  • Transformative strategies

  • Strategy instruction and strategy learning 

  • Assessing strategic learning

  • Technology and strategic learning

  • From research to practice: Research applications

  • Researching strategic learning

  • Teacher education for strategic learning


We look forward to stimulating discussion and insightful moments in Wellington in November 2022! Please keep yourself updated by visiting this website regularly.

Best regards,
On behalf of the organising committee
Peter Yongqi Gu

Diego Navarro

Co-convenors of SSU4

Helpful information


Early Bird: 31 March - 21 August 2022

Standard: 22 August 2022 - 31 October 2022

Discount: for students 

Conference Dates

Wednesday 23 November 2022: ONLINE (with an on-site venue for in-person attendees)

Thursday 24 November 2022: ON-SITE (with Zoom access for distant attendees)


We have identified a wide range of accommodation options for your stay in Wellington.

Pre-conference Workshop Organiser
4.30pm-6.00pm, 22 November 2022 (NZ time)

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María Blanco

University of Westminster

“A four-step simple, effective approach to strategy training”

Keynote Speakers

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Philip H. Winne

Distinguished SFU Professor & FRSC, Simon Fraser University

“Researching Learning Tactics and Strategies with Modern Software Technologies”

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Awanui Te Huia

Victoria University of Wellington

"Strategies for learning te reo Māori: Indigenous language learning challenges in a colonial context"

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Patricia Alexander

Professor, University of Maryland

"Learning to Learn Effectively in Today’s Hyperconnected World: Essential Strategies for Students and Teachers"

Featured Symposium Organisers 

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Rebecca Oxford
Professor Emeritus

University of Maryland

“Assessing learning strategies”

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Peter Gu
Associate Professor

Victoria University of Wellington

“Assessing learning strategies”

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Andrew D. Cohen    
Professor Emeritus

University of Minnesota 

“Tangible insights from current and future research in the strategizing of language learners and users; Meta-reflections on the development of the field”

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Isobel Kai-Hui Wang

University of Edinburgh 

“Tangible insights from current and future research in the strategizing of language learners and users; Meta-reflections on the development of the field”

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Joan Rubin

Joan Rubin Associates

“Teacher education for strategic learning”



Standard Registration

22 August 2022 - 31 October 2022


Our conference theme ‘Situating Strategy Use: Strategic Learning in an Uncertain World’ has attracted a lot of interest from scholars all over the world. We are now putting together our conference programme which we are very much looking forward to sharing with you all.

We have a world-class plenary speaker line up, as well as three excellent symposia planned. And don’t forget our pre-conference interactive workshop!


Follow the link below to register now.


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We are pleased to inform you that the AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics) ReNLA supports our conference. The AILA ReNLA is a group of approximately 500 language educators and researchers from all over the world who are interested in the study of learner autonomy (LA) in language learning. The main aims of the AILA ReNLA are to gather and disseminate information on research in LA and to keep members abreast of events and publications.

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