for the JASAL Forum at the JALT 2011 conference, Tokyo

Growing trends in self-access

The field of self-access has been growing in Japan over the last decade, with more and more schools setting up spaces where students can carry out their own learning. As time goes by, self-access centres must respond and adapt to the changing needs of their various stakeholders. In keeping with the theme of the JALT 2011 conference, the JASAL Forum will focus on growing trends in self-access language learning.

We invite submissions on issues trending in your contexts, including, but not limited to:
– SAC layout
– Materials
– Learning program design
– Learner involvement in self-access
– Self-access learning communities
– Assessment of self-access learning
– Evaluating SACs
– Research design
– Integrating self-access with curriculum
– Managing and administrating SACs
– Interaction and collaboration with colleagues and administrators

Following on the success of last year’s event, this year’s JALT Forum will consist of a poster session followed by two short presentations and an open forum discussion.

Proposals should include the following:

1. Title
2. Format (poster or presentation)
3. Name(s) of presenter(s) and affiliation(s)
4. 150-200 word abstract
5. 75-word summary which clearly states your topic
6. Equipment you will require

Please submit your proposal to Katherine Thornton (thornton.katherineATgmail.com) and CC Dirk MacKenzie (dirkmackenzieATgmail.com) by Friday, April 8, 2011.

Please note that while the JALT deadline for submissions is April 22, we need time to put together our proposal. If for some reason your presentation cannot be included in the JASAL Forum, we will notify you so you can submit your proposal to the JALT conference as an individual paper before the April 22nd deadline.

Please understand that depending on the number and nature of proposals we receive, we may have to ask you to change from a presentation to a poster or vice versa.

As you may know, a conference on Advising for Language Learner Autonomy (http://learnerautonomy.org/advising2011.html) will take place in Chiba the week before JALT. For this reason, we have not included trends in advising in our call for presentations here.

For more information on the JALT 2011 conference, please visit: http://jalt.org/conference


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