If you are attending the JALT conference in Fukuoka this year (or from the comfort of your home) please join us for the online JASAL Forum this year!
Sunday, November 13, 10:45-12:15 (online)
Motivation in self-access learning: listening to student experiences
Staying motivated is one of the most difficult aspects of learning a language beyond the classroom. In this year’s JASAL forum, we will explore issues related to learner motivation through two presentations and discussion. Gerardine McCrohan will share results of a study of regular self-access centre users, while Etsuko Yamada will report on a project which investigated the impact on students of hearing international students’ stories of their language learning experiences. The presentations will be followed by discussion.
The presentations will be prerecorded videos, but we have plenty of time for fruitful discussion and networking too! If you couldn’t make it for JASAL2022 or are already missing your JASAL fix, come and join us!
(Contrary to the abstract in the JALT Program, both presentations will be in English.)
If you have booked a spot on the charter bus to attend JASAL2022 at AIU on Saturday, please board the bus from Bus Stop 5 on the EAST side of Akita Station – see map below. Please note, this is NOT the West side where there is a bigger bus terminal. The bus will leave at 9am so please arrive in good time. There are still a few spaces available on the bus.
If you do not intend to take the bus, and will travel by public transport, please note that you need to be on the 08:09 train to Wada station from Akita, to pick up the 08:35 bus that will take you to AIU.
After the conference, we will get the 18:35 local bus to Wada station to return to Akita. Please note that this is the last bus of the day so please make sure to take it if you want to avoid getting a taxi.
For those coming straight from the airport, you may be able to share a taxi with other JASAL participants. There is a natural meeting place by the Namahage masks in the airport lobby. A taxi should cost around ¥2000.
A basic schedule for our JASAL2022 National Conference, held at and co-sponsored by Akita International University, is now available. Further information about presentations will be released in the coming weeks. Be sure to register by Friday 30th September if you are planning on attending on-site in Akita, so we can reserve lunches and transportation for the venue. If you register after that, please make your own way to AIU on public transport. Online participants should register and submit payment by Thurs, October 20th. See the conference page for more information.
Conference theme: Inclusion and Accessibility in Self-Access Language Learning
This year, JASAL’s national conference will focus on inclusion and accessibility in self-access language learning (SALL). We are delighted to invite members to join us (on-site or online) and our special plenary panel of guest speakers to explore these issues at our conference.
Just in case you haven’t seen it, a report on the JASAL Online Student Conference 2021 has been published in the current issue of SiSAL Journal. It is a good summary of the event if you missed it! We are looking forward to holding more student events this year.
We at JASAL are delighted to announce that JASAL Journal 3(2), will be a joint issue co-edited with JASAL’s American sister organization, the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT). The editor and guest editors for this Special Issue are Betsy Lavolette (IALLT/JASAL), Daniel Hooper (JASAL), and Angelika Kraemer (IALLT). Please see the Call for Proposals. The deadline for abstracts is June 1, 2022. We greatly look forward to receiving your proposals!
We have already received a number of excellent submissions for issue 3.1 of JASAL Journal. However, we would like to extend the call for papers to March 28th for any research or practice papers which specifically focus on the JASAL2021 national conference theme: “Post-Pandemic Perspectives on Learning Spaces: Challenges, Opportunities, and Stakes”
Our guest editor for this issue is Dr John Augeri, an expert on learning space design, and we are very much hoping that “Learning Spaces” can be a central theme in this issue, making the most of John’s expertise.
If you would like to contribute a paper on this theme, there are two options:
Research paper (3000–5000 words in English or 6000–10000 characters in Japanese) giving details of a research project conducted on the topic of learning spaces
Discussion of self-access practices (2000–2500 words in English, 4000–5000 characters in Japanese) detailing your space design and its underlying principles. These can be new or existing designs, including how your spaces have responded/adapted to the pandemic