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

For a review of the tour, check here.


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.

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:

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 

Registration Open for SAC Tour at KIFL

Registration is now open for the SAC Tour of the recently renewed SAC facilities at Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages (KIFL) Tokyo on Saturday November 22nd, 2014.

See the event home page for more information.

Event participation is free, but we kindly ask all attendees to pre-register by Thursday, November 20th, so we can have a good idea of numbers for the event. Please use the form available on the event home page to register.

Hope to see you in November!

Announcing the JASAL Forum at JALT 2014 (Tsukuba, 23rd Nov. 2014)

The JASAL forum, held annually at the JALT conference, has now been confirmed. We have a great line up for you this year.

Title: Self-access conversations: beyond classroom border

Day: Sunday, 23 November 2014

Time: 5:40 PM-7:10 PM

Room: 202 B

This year we have 4 presentations from members that will be followed by a group discussion. This year’s presentation topics are setting up a new centre, attracting new users, tips for running a SAC smoothly and issues in evaluating self-access, and we welcome any issue for discussion. We hope to see many JASAL members there!

For more details, see the JASAL Forum 2014 page.

Event: SAC tour at Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages

Join us before JALT 2014 Conference for a tour of the recently renewed SAC (VISTA ACT & VISTA SILC) of Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages. The tour will be followed by an opportunity for discussion of SALL-related issues between participants. Feel free to raise any topic that you’d like to discuss –  setting up a center, student involvement/training, learning advising, or any other matters affecting your work! Tea and cookies will be provided. Stop by before hopping on the train to Tsukuba! Both members and non-members are welcome! Registration starts next semester.
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time: 10-12 am 
Fee: Free
Venue: Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages (KIFL)  (Building 3 &Room number 3-201)
Transportation: 3 minute walk from Kanda Station (JR:west exit/Ginza Line). Kanda Station is one stop from Tokyo station and Akihabara station (Kanda station is on the way to Akihabara station where you get on Tsukuba Express to go to JALT) (map)


Final Call For Papers DRAL2/ILA Bangkok, June 2014

A quick reminder to JASAL members that submission for the Independent Learning Association conference (ILA 2014) are due on 31st January.

Anyone who has attended previous ILA conferences in Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand will know that they are excellent opportunities to share ideas with others involved in independent learning, and there are always lots of self-access themed presentations, unlike traditional teaching conferences.

Conference website:

The conference will be held from June 12th -14th , 2014 at School of Liberal Arts<>, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT)<>, Bangkok 10140, Thailand

Submission of abstracts:
For papers – 150-200 words.
For poster presentations and a forum for novice researchers – 100-150 words.

Training workshop on Learning Advising

<Training workshop in Tokyo> 
For those who are interested in Learning Advising, Satoko Kato and Hisako Yamashita, learning advisors at Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages will be conducting a 3-day training workshop on March 11-13 in Tokyo. The training workshop is a special course provided by the MA TESOL Program at Graduate School of Kanda University of International Studies.
Anyone interested in language advising, coaching, or one-to-one dialogue with English language learners to foster self-directed learning is welcome.The workshop will be conducted in Japanese, and your active participation is appreciated.
For details, please see the link below.

SAC visit at SPACe, Soka University

JASAL is happy to announce that it will run a Self-Access Centre visit, hosted by Soka University, on Friday 22nd November at 3pm. Our thanks go to Danny Sasaki and Yukiko Ishikawa who are hosting this event.

Soka University in Tokyo have recently opened a new state-of-the-art facility, SPACe, and are offering a tour and a chance for JASAL members to discuss self-access issues in an informal setting on Friday 22nd November, from 3pm, the day before the JALT Learner Development SIG conference in Tokyo. Soka University is a short bus ride from Hachioji station, which is 40 minutes from Shinjuku station on the Chuo line. More details about SPACe can be found on its website: