JASAL 2018 x SUTFL 5

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Pre-conference SAC tour and welcome party on Friday, December 14th
Tour of Kumamoto on Sunday, December 16th

Making Connections

The Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL) will hold this year’s conference as a joint event with the Sojo University Teaching & Learning Forum (SUTLF), which is the flagship event of the NanKyu Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT). This year’s theme is Making Connections. There are multiple connections within the field of second language education. Some examples of these include connections between educators and students, in- and and out-of-class learning, theory and practice, and culture and language. We hope that this theme inspires and expands participants’ thinking of the complex web consisting of, but certainly not limited to, people, place, practice, theory, materials, administration, curriculum, culture, and technology. It is our belief that, in thinking about these various connections in new ways, we may gain new perspectives and insights into language education.

JASAL 2018 x SUTLF 5 will bring together language teachers as well as practitioners, administrators, and students involved in the field of self-access learning across Japan to share our innovative practices, to learn from each other, and to inspire each other to make connections between these different elements in language education. The conference will include a tour of Sojo University’s newly reopened self-access learning center, SILC.

Plenary Speaker


Tomomi Kumai is an intercultural trainer, international educator, and transformative coach based in South Korea, serving expatriates and international students in the US, Korea, and Japan by enhancing intercultural competence for their international assignments. Her clients include multi-national corporations such as Apple, Boeing, BMW, GM, Nike, and also universities such as Kansai University, Kwansei Gakuin University, and Showa Women’s University in Japan, and Kyung Hee University and Konkuk University in Korea. She was born as a Korean Japanese bicultural citizen in Hiroshima and earned a BA from San Diego State University and MA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in Linguistics. Tomomi has lived, studied and worked for over 15 years outside Japan. Her mission is to provide time, space and opportunity for people to connect, learn from, and empower each other to make a positive synergy. Her website is www.tomomikumai.com.

Call for Presentations

Information about grants for undergraduate students and for newcomers without funds can be found here.

Please go to the conference page for details about pricing, networking dinner, Kumamoto Tour and more!