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!

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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.

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: http://sola.kmutt.ac.th/dral2014

The conference will be held from June 12th -14th , 2014 at School of Liberal Arts<http://arts.kmutt.ac.th/sola/>, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT)<http://www.kmutt.ac.th/eindex.html>, Bangkok 10140, Thailand

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

PUBLISHED! Student Conference Reports from SISAC Conference

JASAL is very happy to announce the publication of the Student Conference Reports from the Student Involvement in Self-Access Centers Conference, held in Nagoya in February 2013.

You can download your copy here:

SISAC Conference Reports

There are 5 reports from students who attended and presented at the conference, along with some contributions from the editor, Vick Ssali, and the organisers. Please feel free to share the Reports with any interested parties.

JASAL and the conference organisers Umida Ashurova & Robert Croker, and editor Vick Ssali, would like to thank all the students for all their hard work in writing their papers.

We hope to be able to announce another student conference soon!

Call for Papers: SISAC Conference Proceedings

Thank you to everyone who participated in and made the recent Student Involvement in Self Access Centers Conference in Nagoya an astounding success! It was great to see so many students talking passionately about their SACs and exchanging ideas about how to make them even better. We hope to be able to hold similar events in the future. Thanks once again to Risa and her team of students at Sugiyama Jogakuen University for a superb job in organising it all!

In order to spread the word even further and keep the conversation going about student involvement in SACs, we’d like to announce a Call for Papers for a Conference Proceedings.

SiSAC Call for Papers

This conference proceedings will be read by people who couldn’t attend the actual conference, so it’s a great opportunity to share your ideas and suggestions with people all over Japan who are interested in SACs and Learning Centres. We also hope to help authors publish their papers in respected academic journals.

Teachers/advisors/managers: please encourage your students to submit a paper for this volume!

The editors would like to suggest the 3 following kinds of paper for submission:

  1.  a summary of your presentation content
  2.  a conference report, giving details of the different presentations that you saw with some of your reflections
  3.  a reflective report on your experiences at the conference – what you learned and how you would like to change and improve your SAC based on the ideas you got from the conference.

Papers should be around 750 words. The deadline is 6th May, 2013. Please send your submissions to studentconference2013ATgmail.com.

All submissions will be reviewed by the editors before publication.

We look forward to reading your submissions.

Call for Presentations: JASAL Forum at JALT 2013

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
for the JASAL Forum at JALT2013, Kobe (October 25-28, 2013)

Self-access and the lifelong voyage of learning
Self-access learning can be a lifelong endeavour, starting at any age, and continuing far beyond graduation from an institution. This process is easily likened to a voyage, with learners going in different directions and progressing at different speeds depending on a variety of environmental factors. The self-access centre can be seen as a port, with learners coming to refuel with ideas, restock with learning materials, share stories of their adventures, and possibly chart out a new direction for the future. Feel free to interpret this year’s JALT theme in any way that is relevant to you and your context.

 We invite submissions on areas including, but not limited to:

  • SAC layout
  • Managing and administrating SACs
  • Materials
  • Learning program design
  • Integrating self-access with curriculum
  • Learner involvement in self-access
  • Self-access learning communities
  • Learning advising/counseling
  • Assessment of self-access learning
  • Evaluating SACs
  • Research design
  • Interaction and collaboration with colleagues and administrators

Continuing on the success of last year’s event, this year’s forum will consist of short presentations followed by a poster session and open forum discussion.

Proposals should include the following:

  • Title
  • Format (poster or presentation)
  • Name(s) of presenter(s) and affiliation(s)
  • JALT membership number of all presenters, (if applicable)
  • 150-200 word abstract
  • 75-word summary which clearly states your topic
  • Equipment you will require

Please submit your proposal to jasalorgATgmail.com by Sun, April 14, 2013. Please note that while the JALT deadline for submissions is April 21, we need time to put together our proposal. If for some reason your presentation cannot be included in the JASAL Forum, we will notify you so you can submit your proposal to the JALT conference as an individual paper before the April 21 deadline.

Please understand that depending on the number and nature of proposals we receive, we may have to ask you to change from a presentation to a poster or vice versa.

For more information on the JALT 2013 conference, please visit: http://jalt.org/conference