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.

http://ld-sig.org/talking-points-august-2015/

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!
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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.

Sojo SAC Tour

Thanks to everyone who joined the tour of the Self-Access Learning Centre at Sojo University, as part of the Teaching & Learning Forum: Teaching Listening, on 2nd February 2015. It was great to meet you all and to hear about the facilities and services offered at Sojo through the tour and follow-up discussion. There’s no better inspiration for improving self-access facilities than visiting other centres!

If you or your institution would like to host a similar event, please get in touch with a JASAL committee member or email us at jasalorgATgmail.com.

For a review of the tour, check here.

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New event: 2nd Feb 2015 – SAC Visit and Discussion at Sojo University, Kumamoto

In collaboration with Sojo University, Kumamoto, JASAL is happy to announce the latest in its series of SAC visits, this time in Kyushu.

On 2nd Feb 2015, Sojo University, Kumamoto is hosting the Teaching & Learning Forum: Focus on Listening,  co-sponsored by Nankyu JALT. http://jalt.org/events/nankyu-chapter/15-02-02

As part of this event, Sojo staff have very kindly agreed to offer a guided tour of their self-access facilities, the Self-Access Learning Centre, which was established in 2010. This will be followed by discussion time, facilitated by JASAL. For more information about the SALC at Sojo, please check their website: https://www.sojo-u.ac.jp/silc/salc/

In order to attend the event, please fill in the online application form for the Forum, stating your interest in the JASAL SALC tour. Participation in the tour also entitles you to full participation in the Forum. Normal Forum registration fees apply-¥1000 for JALT members, ¥1500 for non-members (¥500 early bird discount).  JASAL membership is not necessary to join this event.

Photos from SAC Tour & JASAL Forum @ JALT2014

Thank you to everyone who participated in the SAC Tour and/or JASAL Forum @ JALT 2014 Tsukuba – you really made it a great success! Photos, abstracts and presentation slides can be found under the conference tab. Soon, we will have links to the posters and slides from many of the presenters.

Photos from the SAC Tour & Get-together @ Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages, Tokyo
Photos and slides from the JASAL Forum @ JALT 2014 Tsukuba