New event: SAC Tour at Chiba University English House

JASAL is excited to announce a SAC Tour that will take place on Tuesday, March 29th 2016 at Chiba University English House (Nishi Chiba Campus). There will be a discussion session over coffee/tea and cake after the tour. It will be a great opportunity to see a different centre and talk about various issues related to self-access centres. Here is a link to their website.

If you would like to join the tour, we would appreciate if you could register here by March 26th.

Intro of the English House:
Chiba University English House was set up three years ago to encourage our students to enjoy learning and using English. We are still a relatively small centre, but we are expanding our activities every semester to attract more elementary level English users while still catering to the more advanced students and staff who use our services.

Date  :  Tuesday 29th March 2016
Time  :  2 p.m.
Place :  Chiba University English House ( Nishi Chiba Campus)

Access: Please check the following for access:
English House is near the main gate opposite the library.It is 
indicated on the campus map here.

JASAL committee encourages you to join this wonderful opportunity!


Thank you for the successful JASAL 10th Anniversary Conference

Thank you very much for those who attended the JASAL 10th Anniversary Conference held on December 12, 2015 at Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages in Tokyo! It was a whole day event where we had a wide variety of presentations and a tour of the VISTA Self-Access Learning Center. We had over 50 participants attending the event and we hope that everyone had the opportunity to learn about initiatives in other institutions, participate in discussions, and meet many colleagues. We have uploaded photo gallery on the right side bar of this homepage. Conference summary will be coming soon!

Tokoha SAC Tour

On 21st November 2015, 4 JASAL members joined the SAC tour and discussion at the Foreign Language Study Support Center (FLSSC) at Tokoha University, Shizuoka, hosted by JASAL member Satomi Shibata and her colleague Hitomi Yumoto. We were also joined by 3 students who work in and use the FLSSC: Saemi, Kunpei and Takeki.

For more information about FLSSC and 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.

Registration Open for JASAL 10th Anniversary Conference

Registration is now open for the JASAL 10th Anniversary Conference (originally called JASAL Mini-Conference) in Tokyo on 12th December. We have 12 presentations on various aspects of self-access from 13 different institutions across Japan, so it promises to be a very interesting day.

If you’d like to attend the Conference, please register in advance using this online registration form.

More details about the JASAL 10th Anniversary Conference can be found on this page, or accessed from the Conference & Events tag.

Conference Program pamphlet can be found here.

We hope to see many of you at KIFL on December 12th!

Announcing JASAL Mini-Conference, Sat., 12 December, 2015

JASAL is excited to announce a one-day mini-conference, to be held at Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages in Tokyo, on Sat., 12th December 2015, from 10:00 to 15:30.

Join us for a tour of their the two-floor SAC (VISTA ACT & VISTA SILC), and presentations and discussion on any aspects of Self-Access Language Learning.

Click here for more information.

JASAL event announcement: SAC Tour at Tokoha University, Shizuoka, Sat. 21st November 2015

Join us for another lively and informative SAC tour, this time at Tokoha University, Shizuoka, on Saturday, November 21st, from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.

Satomi Shibata will host JASAL members at her self-access centre at the Sena Campus of  Tokoha University. Join us for a tour of the SALC facilities, the chance to hear from some teaching assistants who work in the centre and general discussion.

To register more information and the event registration form, click here.

Report on JASAL Event at Okayama University

If you missed our recent JASAL Show & Tell session at the L-cafe at Okayama University (or even if you were there!), you can read a short report on it on the JALT Learner Development SIG blog, written by Naomi Fujishima and Jim Ronald. They capture the essence of the event very nicely.

Comments are open on the piece so feel free to add your own thoughts.

Look out for more JASAL events in the coming months!

Show & Tell Student Presentations at L-café, Okayama University

JASAL was delighted to host a very successful event at Okayama University’s L-café on Saturday, 11th July. Students (and a teacher) from 7 different universities across Kansai and the Chugoku region gave presentations about their self-access facilities, and took part in student discussion. Over 60 people attended the presentation event. It was great to see the L-café, learn about other facilities at different institutions and meet so many students who are passionate about learning languages and their centres. Thank you to all L-cafe students, teachers and administrators who did such a great job of welcoming us all!

Look out for a more detailed update on the JASAL Conference Page in the coming days!


New JASAL event at Okayama University – L-cafe tour & JASAL Show & Tell session

JASAL is excited to announce a new event that will take place on Sat 11th July 2015 at Okayama University’s L-cafe, their social space for language learning. This will be a student-led event, where students will give presentations about various aspects of L-cafe.

It will be followed by a JASAL Show & Tell session with contributions from JASAL members (students are also very welcome).

The JASAL events will be followed by a presentation from Charles Browne of Meiji Gakuin University, sponsored by Okayama JALT and Okayama University’s Langauge Education Center.

The day will finish with a social event in a local beer garden.

We hope you and, if possible also your students, can join us at this exciting event! Check this page for more details about the event.

The registration form can be found here.