Call for Presentations: JASAL2022 National Conference Co-sponsored by Akita International University

Saturday 22nd October, 2022

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.

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JASAL Journal 2(2)

JASAL Journal 2(2), edited by Naomi Fujishima and Garold Murray, has been published! It is a really full issue with a featured article, a research paper, a practice paper, conference reports, a panel discussion review, and a book review. There is so much to read over your winter holiday break. Thank you so much to the all the contributors, the editorial team, the reviewers and our editors for all the incredibly hard work that went into this issue!

JASAL2019 Conference Schedule published!

The preliminary conference programme for JASAL2019 at Otemon Gakuin University is now available. Access it HERE or from the conference page, where you can find all sorts of other useful information. Please note that payment at the pre-registration/early rate ends on Fri., 1st November, and the last date to sign up for the pre-conference SAC tour is Fri., 8th November. The full handbook with abstracts will be published in the run up to the conference.

Call for Presentations: JASAL 2017

We are very excited to invite you and your colleagues to participate in the JASAL 2017 Annual Conference which will be held on Saturday December 16, 2017 at Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan. We now have Call for Presentations ready at our Conference& Events website. We have our call for proposals available also in Japanese following the English version. We continue to welcome student presentations. Please submit your proposals here by Sunday, September 3 2017. The details of the conference including exact times and fee will be announced soon via website. We are looking forward to another fruitful JASAL conference!

JASAL Conference 2016

Thank you to everyone who made the JASAL 2016 Conference at Konan Women’s University last Saturday (10th Dec 2016) such a success! It was great to see so many passionate and dedicated people, both from established and newer self-access centres, sharing ideas and making connections. We hope to see you all at more JASAL events in the future!


We will be adding photos and PDFs from the presentations to the conference page in the coming days, so watch this space.

Registration Open for JASAL 2016 Annual Conference Kobe

The Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL) is very pleased to invite you to join the JASAL 2016 Annual Conference on Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 10:00-17:00 at Konan Women’s University in Kobe, Japan. This year we had a record number of submissions, and the 32 presentations chosen represent a variety of issues in self-access learning. We will also have a tour of e-space, the self-access center at Konan Women’s University. The Conference website is now open here.  To get a discount on registration fee please register here by November 30. We are looking forward to seeing you all in Kobe!

来る2016年12月10日(土)にセルフアクセスラーニング、自律学習教育に携わっている教育関係者が集い、各教育現場での斬新なアイデアや実践 報告、研究発表、ディスカッションなどを行う全国年次大会 JASAL Annual Conference 2016 を開催いたします。今年度は、前年度にない多数の発表応募をいただき、そのうち、32の発表が行われます。また、当日は、甲南女子大学のセルフアクセスセンターe-space の見学ツアーも行います。皆様のご参加を心より お待ち申し上げております。本年度は、日本語での発表や、学習者による発表もございます。

大会ホームページは こちらから早期割引を適用するためには、11月30日までに こちらで参加登録ください

Call for Presentations: JASAL 2016 Annual Conference, Kobe

We are very excited to invite you and your colleagues to participate in the JASAL 2016 Annual Conference which will be held on Saturday December 10, 2016 at Konan Women’s University in Kobe, Japan. We now have call for presentations ready at our Conference & Events website and as a PDF here. We also have our call for propsals available in Japanese as this year, we encourage more administrator participation and presentations. We would appreciate if you could pass these on to your colleagues. Please submit your proposal here by Saturday, September 10, 2016. We look forward to another fruitful JASAL conference!

Call for SAC Tours

Call for SAC Tours

SAC tours is one of the great learning opportunities for JASAL members as you will be able to see a live SAC in operation in institution other than yours and to discuss various issues with participants from different institutions. We receive lots of good feedback from members who host the tour, as the tour and discussion session becomes the opportunity for them to get inputs and new ideas from participants. SAC tours always come with a discussion session where members get help and ideas from each other about the operation of their language learning spaces, in integrating it into curriculum, about student involvement, staffing or on any other matters related to self-access learning or other services such as advising.If you are interested in hosting a SAC tour, either this year or in coming years, please register your interest here. There is no commitment necessary at this point. We would like to know the extent of our members’ interest in hosting a SAC Tour. Our preliminary deadline is June 10.

SAC Tour & Discussion at English House, Chiba University

On 29th March 2016, 4 JASAL members joined the SAC tour and discussion at the English House at Chiba University hosted by JASAL member Sarah Morikawa and her student assistants who work at the centre.

The tour was very successful with lively discussions afterwards. For more information about the event, please check out this page.

If your institution would like to host a JASAL SAC tour, please send an email to They usually attract a small group (less than 10) of members and take minimal preparation, but can be very productive in terms of sharing ideas and getting inspiration.