JASAL2022 National Conference Co-sponsored by Akita International University: Post Conference Page

Saturday 22nd October 2022

Conference theme: Inclusion and Accessibility in Self-Access Language Learning

JASAL’s first fully hybrid national conference was a success! This year, the focus was on inclusion and accessibility in self-access language learning (SALL). We were delighted to invite members to join us (on-site or online) and our special plenary panel of guest speakers to explore these issues at our conference. (Click here for the 2022 pre-conference page)

Presentation slides and videos as well as poster presentations can be viewed here.

We were also able to visit AIU’s Active Learning Center and Nakajima Library. You can see photos of both facilities here as well as other images from the conference on the JASAL home page.

In line with this year’s theme of inclusion and accessibility, JASAL was excited to invite three expert speakers who will share their research and perspectives on this issue. The hybrid panel format was a success allowing for discussion between the panel speakers and conference participants regardless of their locality.

Plenary Panel Members

Betsy Lavolette (PhD,
Michigan State University)
Associate Professor of English
at Kyoto Sangyo University.
Her research focuses on
language learning and
teaching with technology,
professional development,
language learning spaces, and
forging connections between
scholars and literatures of
such spaces in the US, Japan,
and globally. Formerly, she
directed the Gettysburg
College Language Resource
Center and facilitated the
Kyoto JALT Social Justice
Working Group. She is the
co-editor of two volumes on
language spaces (Language
Center Handbook, 2018;
Language Center Handbook
2021, 2021).

Ashley R. Moore (PhD,
University of British
is Assistant
Professor of TESOL at
Wheelock College of Education
and Human Development,
Boston University. A major
strand of his research focuses
broadly on queer issues in
language education and works
towards the realisation of
queer- and trans-affirming
language education for all. His
empirical and theoretical work
within this strand has been
published inThe Modern
Language Journal, TESOL
Quarterly,ESL Journal, and the
Journal of Language, Identity
and Education. He worked in
Japanese higher education for
nine years, including five years
as the Director of the
Language Learning Center at
Osaka Institute of Technology.

Satoko Watkins (MA, Hawai’i
Pacific University)
is a
Principal Learning Advisor in
the Self-Access Learning
Centre at Kanda University of
International Studies. Her
research interests include
learner autonomy, advising,
self-directed language
learning, learning
communities, and inclusive
practice. In her centre, she has
developed student-led
prosocial learning
communities through peer
advising services, tandem
language exchange programs,
interest-based learning
communities, and student-led
events. Her recent project on
training autonomy-supportive
student leaders is supported
by KAKEN and its first content
was published in JASAL

Conference Schedule and Program

This year was our first year offering the conference in a hybrid format, meaning that there were both online and on-site presentations. Online presentations were screened in presentation rooms at the venue, and all on-site presenters signed into Zoom and shared their slides. In this way, online participants could also attend their presentations. Some elements, such as the Poster Session and LDIC SALC tour, were available for on-site participants only.

Please download the Conference Program, with a detailed schedule and abstracts of all presentations below.

Registration Fees

As running a hybrid conference incurs various expenses, this year’s registration depended on how
participants attended. A fee for presenters (¥1500) is charged in addition to the attendance fee.

Onsite attendance fee ¥2500
Online attendance fee ¥2000
Presenter surcharge ¥1500
JASAL Member discount -¥500

*There was no attendance fee for undergraduate student participants.

Networking Reception

The conference was followed by a networking reception at ぐらん炭 (GURANTAN)

Recap of the Call for Presentations

Presentation Formats:

  1. Research presentation (on-site or online) (20+5 mins)
  2. Practices presentation (on-site or online) (15+10mins)
  3. Poster session (on-site only)

We encouraged interested participants to submit a proposal, and indicate whether they would be willing to present on-site or online on the submission form. Final format decisions were made by September, in conjunction with the presenters.

Submissions were welcomed in both English and Japanese.

Undergraduate students were also welcome to submit with a member of staff (faculty member or administrator).

More information is provided in the PDF below: