IALLT 2021 Virtual Conference

Registration is now available for the IALLT 2021 Virtual Conference!

IALLT are one of JASAL’s partner organizations, and many JASAL members are likely to be interested in attending.

Here is the information:

Resilience has been indispensable in overcoming extreme challenges in the past academic year. The move to the online/remote teaching environment has forced us to carefully examine what we do, how we do it, and most importantly why we do it. As we look to life and education beyond the pandemic, it is important to reflect on this transformative experience, evaluate where we found success, and learn from our own, as well as each other’s extraordinary experiences. We are entering an exciting time, where the potential to transform teaching and learning is limitless.

Our 2021 conference will be virtual; yet we hope to create programming that recreates (as close as possible) the in-person experience. Conference presenters hail from across the globe, and we look forward to the opportunity that a virtual conference offers for our international colleagues who would normally not be able to attend one of our on-location conferences.

This conference is free for current IALLT members, but registration is required for everyone (including presenters) in order to access conference content.

A limited number of Membership plus Conference Registration grants are available. Please apply by May 1.
More information about IALLT 2021 is available on the conference website. We are looking forward to seeing you there!IALLT 2021 Poster V2 (1)

Online Panel Discussion, March 25

On March 25, JASAL held our first ever Online Panel Discussion. Katherine Thornton led the discussion, in which questions and topics suggested by JASAL members were discussed by our three highly knowledgeable panelists, Sarah Toogood (Hong Kong Baptist University), Isra Wongsarnpigoon (Kanda University of International Studies), and Mikiko Fukutomo (Yamanashi Gakuin University), with some contributions by other attendees. It was an evening of really positive discussion and information sharing. Thank you to Katherine for MCing the event, and a big thank you to our panelists and attendees. It was a great evening!

The 2nd JASAL Student Online Forum

Today we held our 2nd JASAL Student Online Forum. The event was largely planned and run by three very capable student volunteers: Chika Yamane (Kanda University of International Studies), Itsuki Takahashi (Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University), and Minhung Lee (Ryutsu Keizai University).

The event began with a presentation from guest speaker Jackson Lee, which was packed full of fun ways for students to make English part of their lives outside the classroom. Then, the participants discussed motivation and other in breakout rooms, and finished with a brainstorming session focused on SAC welcome events for the new school year.

The 14 student participants came from six universities across Japan. There were also two JASAL regular members who came to observe, and Hisako, Katherine, and Clair were also present.

The whole event had a warm and friendly vibe, and there was take-away value for everyone! Thank you to everyone who came and made it a success.

JASAL Social

Now the semester is coming to an end for most of us, why not join the lovely Suwako Uehara and Katherine Thornton for the 2nd JASAL Online Social on Tues 9th Feb, 8pm – 10pm! This time we’re going to use Spatial Chat rather than Zoom, as we think it allows for more natural small group interactions and is just a lot more fun.

It also has huge potential as an online self-access space, and I know some people are using it already. See the photo below to get a basic idea. Members will also have received this information in the recent email from JASAL – check your inbox!

If you’re interested in joining the Social, please sign up using the online form below and we’ll send you the link. Spatial Chat has limited capacity so please sign up in advance to help us plan accordingly. Hope to see many of you there!

https://forms.gle/1CNwh9uzMen5AXd66

The second issue of JASAL Journal

The second issue of JASAL Journal is ready! There are three research papers, and a report on the JASAL forum held at JALT2020 in November.

If you are interested in submitting for the third issue, you have until February 28th, 2021.

If you would like to join our editorial team or review board, do get in touch!

Email: jasaljournalATgmail.com

JASAL2020 National Online Conference

Registration is now open.

JASAL2020 conference poster

As announced by email and through our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, JASAL2020 will be an online conference. The deadline for presentation proposals has been extended to Sept. 14th. Undergraduate presentations are welcome, and there will also be a separate student forum on a different date in the fall semester. Click on the poster to download it, and please share with anyone who might be interested! For more info, check the conference page.

JASAL Online Student Forum 2020

The Online Student Forum was held on Saturday, July 4, 2020 on Zoom. Twenty-two student participants from seven universities met to share online activities and issues, and they enjoyed coming up with new ideas. There were also 22 teacher participants, who had their own discussion time and observed part of the students’ discussion. See the event page for some photos.