JASAL2020 National Conference

Date: Saturday, 5th December 2020

Location: Online (with virtual SAC tour of English Plaza, Tokyo International University, Saitama)

Registration for JASAL2020 Online is now open. Please register here.

Although the world has changed in unimaginable ways since JASAL held its last national conference in December 2019, we are continuing to provide a forum for self-access practitioners to connect and discuss self-access related matters, and we hope that you will be able to join us, in one form or another, for our JASAL2020 National Conference. 

Due to the pandemic, this will be a fully online conference. Presenters will be asked to submit a video of their presentation several days before the conference (as a back up for any potential technical problems). Presenters can either play the video during their session or present live if they prefer.

Attendance is free for participants, but presenters are asked to pay a small fee to help us cover the costs of the conference.

New! The conference schedule can be found here.
The full conference program handbook (with presentation abstracts) can be found here.

Conference theme: Learner Support in Self-Access Language Learning

This year more than ever, students need support to be successful language learners and users. Similarly, support is also required for teachers, learning advisors and administrators who want to design and deliver effective programmes. Self-access learning has always focused on helping students to take charge of their own learning, but with the sudden growth of online course provision, or emergency remote teaching, a mode of learning not usually actively chosen by students or educators, this support is more important than ever. JASAL2020 would like to focus on how we can support our learners, both in “normal” times and during the pandemic. 

Plenary: Reflective Dialogue and Learner Support in Self-Access Language Learning

Satoko Kato (Kanda University of International Studies) & Hisako Yamashita (Konan Women’s University).

Satoko and Hisako are very experienced learning advisors and learning advisor trainers who have both published widely on advising and supporting learners.