JASAL 2019 Annual Conference

Otemon Gakuin University, Ibaraki City, Osaka, Japan

Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1, 2019 (Pre-conference SAC tour Friday, November 29)

New Beginnings

New beginnings offer hope, excitement, energy, and an opportunity to see with fresh eyes. They can be a time of change or rejuvenation, and a time to aim high and set new goals. They can also be a time of challenge, with unforeseen issues to tackle and needs to support as people face new demands and adapt to unfamiliar environments. In self-access language learning, there are new beginnings for learners every year, as freshers begin their university lives. There are also new beginnings for faculty, learning advisors, and staff as they receive training or orientation, take on new roles, and form new teams. Self-Access Centers (SACs) and Language Learning Spaces (LSS) may be newly opened or redesigned. New projects may be begun, new technologies introduced, or new approaches attempted. We hope that this theme encourages participants to reflect on the ways that new beginnings are approached, managed, cultivated, and supported in their diverse work environments.


Plenary Speaker

Dr. Luke Carson is an Associate Professor in the International Studies Faculty at Hiroshima City University. He also serves as a PhD and doctoral supervisor in the area of learning for a number of universities. Dr. Carson has been involved in Self-Access language learning for the past two decades, working across a variety of SALCs as a Learning Advisor, a SALC coordinator, and a SALC consultant. These experiences have involved developing new SALCs, designing and delivering the educational programmes and opportunities available, the training of staff and the administration of the centres themselves. Examples of his publications in this area are:

Mynard, J., & Carson, L. (2012). (Eds.). Advising in language learning: Dialogue, tools and context. London, UK: Longman.

Carson, L. (2012). Developing a deeper understanding of learning processing during unguided learning tasks. Studies in Self-Access Learning, 3(1), 6-23. Retrieved from https://sisaljournal.org/archives/march12/carson/

Carson, L. (2015). Human resources as a primary consideration for learning space creation. Studies in Self-Access Learning, 6(2), 245-253. Retrieved from https://sisaljournal.org/archives/jun15/carson/

Carson, L. (Forthcoming, 2020). Inside the independent learning experience: Cognition, metacognition, and emotion. Educational Psychology Series. London, UK: Routledge.


The conference will take place at Sojiji campus (circled), which is a 12-minute walk from JR Sojiji station, and a 20-minute walk from Hankyu Sojiji station. Access information in English here.

Registration Fees

Pre-registration (by Nov. 1st)
JASAL Members (includes lunch): ¥2500
Nonmembers (includes lunch): ¥3000
Undergraduate students (includes lunch): ¥500
Late/On-site registration
JASAL Members (does not include lunch): ¥3000
Nonmembers (does not include lunch): ¥3500
Undergraduate students (does not include lunch): ¥0

**For those who miss the pre-registration period, it might be possible to purchase lunch from the cafeteria on the day of the conference, but we cannot guarantee it. There is also a convenience store on campus, or you may bring your own food.


A detailed schedule will be provided closer to the conference, so these times are subject to change.

Pre-conference SAC tour
Friday, November 29 p.m. (TBA)

Saturday, November 30 All day: 10 a.m. ~ 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 30 Evening: Networking event
Sunday, December 1 Morning only: 10 a.m. ~ 12:45 p.m.

Abstract Submission deadline
Sunday, August 4, 2019
Submission form