Messages from the incoming President and Vice-President

Message from Katherine Thornton, incoming President


As incoming president of JASAL, I’d like to take this opportunity to say hello to all JASAL members.

Self-access language learning has really taken off in Japan over the last 10 years, and I feel JASAL has an important role to play in helping those of us working in self-access connect with and learn from each other.

Over the next year, along with Dirk MacKenzie, our new vice-president, and with help and contributions from all JASAL members, I hope to move the association forward by building on the success of the JASAL forums at the annual JALT conference. Our members are from all over Japan, and rarely have the chance to travel and meet, so I hope we can connect through the website and discussion boards, by contributing information about our respective contexts and centres. Look out for more announcements in the coming months, particularly in early April as we put together this year’s proposal for the JASAL forum at JALT.

Once again, thank you for your support and I look forward to getting to know more and more of you through JASALs activities in the coming year.

Katherine Thornton

Message from Dirk MacKenzie, incoming Vice-President

Hello JASAL members!

Thank you for your support. As incoming vice-president I am looking forward to working with president Katherine Thornton on strengthening our association, with initial focus on securing this year’s JALT forum, building the JASAL website, and improving communication between members across the country. I look forward to sharing ideas with all of you in the process.

Dirk MacKenzie


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