Joan Rubin Associates
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and Managing Diverse Work Forces

Learner Self - Management


  • Experienced in training teachers to promote learner self - management, that is, learner control of their own learning
  • Thorough knowledge of adult learning theory
  • Pioneer in identifying and researching the characteristics of successful second language learners
  • Author of several books and many articles on learner self - management
  • Conversational skill in Spanish, Portuguese, French. Some fluency in Russian, Indonesian, Japanese, and Guarani


  • Currently, provide workshops, lecturing and consulting services on learning to learn (especially a foreign/second language) to educational, business, and government organizations
  • Consultant on the development of their Self - Access Center, Universidad Autonoma de Oaxaca, Mexico, (January 15 - March 12, 2008; February 18 - March 10, 2009)
  • Guest Professor, Facultad de Idiomas, Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico (January - March, 2008)
  • School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Visiting Scholar (Nov. 2006 - April 2007)
  • Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Visiting Colleague (January - April, 2006)
  • Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico, Visiting Professor (January - March, 2001 and January - March, 2003)
  • Visiting Professor, Universidad de las Americas - Puebla, Mexico (Jan - March, 2001)
  • Mellon Fellow, National Foreign Language Center, Johns Hopkins University (Sept. 1996 - June, 1997)
  • Senior Research Scholar, Dept. of Slavic Languages & Linguistics, George Washington University, Research on Listening Comprehension (July 1990 - August, 1993)
  • Training activities include workshops on Learner Self-Management, Self-Access Centers and/or Listening Comprehension to:
  • Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Monterey, CA (March 22 - 23, 2010)
  • Universidad Autonoma de Tlaxcala, Mexico (June 30 - July 4, 2008)
  • Universidad Autonoma de Oaxaca, Mexico Workshop on Language Counseling for Self - Access Centers (January 15 - March 12, 2008; February 18 - March 10, 2009)
  • National Capital Language Resource Center, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (June, 2006; May 31 - June 1, 2007; May 22 - 23, 2008; June 10 - 11, 2010; June 3 - 4, 2010)
  • Department of Hawaiian and Indo - Pacific Languages, University of Hawaii, Honolulu (March 7, 2006)
  • Tec de Monterrey, San Luis Potosi, Mexico (February, 2005)
  • Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico (Jan. - Feb, 2005)
  • U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Institute (December, 2004)
  • National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland Invited Thought Paper on Teaching Listening Strategies to Advanced Level Listeners (June, 2003)
  • Universidad de las Americas, Department of Languages, Puebla, Mexico Workshop on Self - Access (April, 2003) TESOL, Pre - Institute Workshop on Listening Comprehension. Baltimore, MD (March, 2003).
  • Department of State English Language Specialist Program, Thailand and Cambodia. Workshops on Listening Comprehension, Learner Self - Management, Vocabulary Strategies, Self - Access, Learning Strategies at: Chiang Mai University, Ministry of University Affairs Foundation English Curriculum (Bangkok and Rajabhat Institute, Chiang Rai), Teacher Training Center (Phnom Penh), October, 2002
  • University of Quintana Roo, Chetumal, Mexico. Workshop on Learner Self - Management (March, 2002)
  • Socrates Lingua B In - Service Education Course on Learner Autonomy and the Role of the Teacher, Uppsala Sweden (July, 2002)
  • Department of State English Language Specialist Program, Mexico. Workshops at the following universities: Autonomous University of Tuxla, Gutierrez; Universidad Iberoamerica, Puebla, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Toluca; Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, Pachuca, Hidalgo. (October, 2001)
  • Benemerito Universidad de Puebla, Mexico. (October, 2001)
  • Socrates - Comenius In - Service Education Course, Paris, France. (July, 2001)
  • Socrates Lingua B Course, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (July, 2000)
  • Lingua A, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, Learner Autonomy and the Role of the Teacher (April, 1999)
  • Universidad Autonoma de Tlaxcala, Mexico (April, 2000)
  • University of Karlstad, Sweden (March, 1998)
  • Penn Language Center, University of Pennsylvania , Philadelphia (November, 1997)
  • LIFT Program, Australian National University Canberra. Course on learner strategies and learner autonomy for ESL and foreign language teachers (February, 1995)
  • WATESOL, Washington, D.C. (April, 1994)
  • VAILL, Arlington, VA (August 1991, August 1992, August 1993, August 1994)
  • USIA Academic Specialist Program, Egypt. Workshop on learning strategies to high school and university teachers and to school inspectors (October - November, 1993)
  • Monash University, Department of Japanese, Melbourne, Australia (Sept. 1992)
  • USIA Academic Specialist, Italy. Workshops for high school and university teachers of English on listening comprehension, learner strategies and using video for language teaching (October. 1991 and Oct - Nov. 1992).
  • Lectures on Learner Self - Management, Strategies, Self - Access, Listening Comprehension:
  • School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand (April, 2007)
  • Second Language Teaching & Curriculum Center, National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawaii, Manoa (January, 2006)
  • Plenary Speaker, Annual A.U.A. / Ministry of Education Seminar for Thai Teachers, Bangkok, Thailand (October, 2002)
  • Plenary Speaker, Thai TESOL Conference, Bangkok, Thailand (October, 2002)
  • Plenary, FILE II, Pelotas, Brazil (August, 2002)
  • Plenary, Proulex, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico (March, 2002)
  • Plenary Speaker, 28th National Convention of MexTESOL, Puebla, Mexico (October, 2001)
  • Plenary Speaker, 6th Encuentro de Formacion Para Docentes de Lenguas Extranjeras, Escuela de Lenguas, University of Chiapas, Tuxla, Gutierrez, Mexico (October, 2001)
  • Speaker, Administrators and Teachers from Binational Centers, Puebla, Mexico (October, 2001)
  • Plenary Speaker, 5th Encuentro Linguistica, Universidad Autonoma de Tlaxcala, Mexico (Feb. 2001)
  • Plenary Speaker, LMS (Swedish Foreign Language Teachers Assn, Stockholm, Sweden (March, 1998)
  • Plenary Speaker, LEND Conference on Learner Autonomy, Montecatini, Italy (Oct 1992)
  • Plenary Speaker, TESOL Italy, Rome (October 1991)
  • Speaker, Staff Development Program on Promoting Learner Self - Management, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD (Sept. 1996)


  • THE LANGUAGE LEARNING STRATEGIES DISC. Copyright 1996. (Project Director, Instructional Designer, Subject Matter Expert, Executive Producer) An 8 hour instructional program to teach language learning. Funded by the Department of Defense. Won a Cindy as an outstanding educational product
  • REEP HOUSEKEEPING TRAINING 1991. (Project Manager and Instructional Designer. Repurposed videodisc to teach ESL communication skills to housekeepers.
  • ENGLISH WORKS! 1993 and 1994. (Project Manager, Instructional Designer, Producer). A ten part video series for Workplace ESL. Distributed via satellite by PBS Educational Services in all 50 states of the U.S. Published by Addison - Wesley/ Longman along with a workbook created by Rubin, Mansoor, and McKay.


  • Phd. Anthropology, Yale University
  • M.A. Linguistics, University of Michigan
  • B. A. Linguistics and ESL, University of Michigan

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