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

Announcements from our Partner Organizations

Hello, everyone. There are a couple of announcements from our partner organizations, with some exciting events coming up!

First, from JALT:

PanSIG 2020 June 20-21
PanSIG will be entirely online this weekend, with a great lineup of presentations. Attendance is FREE!

Plenary speaker: Amanda Gillis-Furutaka: “Homo Docens: Lessons From Brain Science About Effective Teaching”
Keynote speaker: Gary Ross: “Technology: Bringing Us Together in a Chaotic World”
With many other presentations and SIG forums.

Online conference website: https://pansig2020.eventzil.la

PanSIG website: https://pansig.org

PanSIG is an annual conference organized by most of JALT’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The conference brings together leading scholars and practitioners in language education from Japan, Asia, and throughout the world.

Next, from ILAC 2020:
Online Teaser Event, June 30
There will be a teaser event on June 30, 2020, 10 pm Japan time.
“Facing the Challenges of Distant Learning”. See the fliers for more details.

 

Vocabulary Team Challenge

To keep students in your SAC/ LLS involved and bring them together when they may be socially isolating to some degree, why not invite them to take part in this vocabulary tournament? Lexxica, West Tokyo JALT, and JASAL are co-sponsoring a FREE Vocabulary Team Challenge. Teams of 8 to 20 students from around the world can compete to win praise and prizes.

Details here:
https://docs.google.com/…/1qvhFakYzeZzwdnuzHlb2…/mobilebasic

Upcoming conferences

Thank you for participating in JASAL2019! We are working now on a conference page with photos and PDFs of presentations.

We would like to let you know about some upcoming conferences which our partner organizations are holding next year. The Writing Centers Association of Japan (WCAJ)  will be holding their 12th Symposium on Sunday, February 23rd 2020, at Osaka University (Suita Campus) in Osaka, Japan. The call for proposals is open (Deadline: Friday, January 10th, 2020). WCAJ Symposium Poster 2020

The ILA-LASIG2020 will be held from June 29 to July 1st, 2020 at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. The Independent Learning Association Conference  (ILA 2020) will be held in collaboration with the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group (LASIG) with the theme “Developing Learner Autonomy in Language Learning”. The deadline to submit a proposal is December 20th, 2019.

 

Survey

We have made a short survey, so that we get a clearer idea of how we can best serve our members moving forwards. The survey is anonymous and takes about 15-20 minutes. We’d really appreciate it if you could share your experiences, feedback, and ideas with us.