JASAL2022 National Conference Co-sponsored by Akita International University

Saturday 22nd October, 2022

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

This year, JASAL’s national conference will focus on inclusion and accessibility in self-access language learning (SALL). We are 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.

In line with this year’s theme of inclusion and accessibility, JASAL is excited to invite three expert speakers who will share their research and perspectives on this issue. We hope the panel format will allow for lively discussion between the panel speakers and conference participants.

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

A quick look schedule (one page) is here:

Please download the Conference Program, with detailed schedule and abstracts of all presentations, here. (The program is still subject to change, so check back and make sure you have the latest version of the program before you join the conference.)

This year is our first year offering the conference in hybrid format, meaning that there will be both online and on-site presentations. Online presentations will be screened in presentation rooms at the venue, and we’re asking all on-site presenters to sign into Zoom and share their slides, so online participants can also attend their presentations. Some elements, such as the Poster Session and LDIC SALC tour, will be on-site only.

Transportation information for the day of the conference can be found here.

Registration for non-presenting participants

If you would like to attend the conference (either on-site or online) without presenting, please complete this registration form. We appreciate early registration to help with the planning process. Please note that on-site participants registering AFTER Friday, September 30th are not guaranteed a place on the charter bus to the venue from Akita station, and may have to take local transportation. The payment deadline for on-site participants ONLY is the day of the conference, and cash payments will be accepted on-site. For online participants, please register and submit payment by 9pm on Thursday, October 20th, in order to receive the Zoom link for the conference. You will not be able to attend online until we have been able to confirm your payment. Please note that this deadline is one day earlier than we originally stated in the Call for Presentations.

Registration Fees

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

The payment deadline for presenters is set for September 19th, to allow for any changes in the
conference format (please wait for confirmation that your presentation has been accepted before paying).

Non-presenters can pay up until the day of the conference (not that day before as stated in the original Call for Presentations) and cash payments will be accepted on-site.
Onsite attendance fee ¥2500
Online attendance fee ¥2000
Presenter surcharge ¥1500
JASAL Member discount -¥500

(Please note that it is free to join JASAL so we encourage all participants to do so before the
conference. Membership is required for all presenters.)
There is no attendance fee for undergraduate student participants.
Details about how to pay the registration fee are given in the registration form.

Networking Reception

The conference will be followed by a networking reception (approximately 8pm – 10pm). Details to follow soon.

Call for Presentations (now closed)

We invite members to present their research and practices on inclusion and accessibility, and other self-access related topics, such as:

  • Learning advising/counseling/coaching
  • Learning communities, Learner involvement in Self-Access Centers (SAC)/ LanguageLearning Spaces (LLS)
  • Student perspectives on SAC
  • Collaboration in and around SACs
  • Managing and administrating SACs/LLSs
  • SAC/LLS design and layout
  • Self-access and curriculum, Learning program design (including materials and displays)
  • Virtual self-access
  • Assessment of SALL
  • Evaluating SALL programs
  • Research design in SALL
  • Professional development for SALL
  • Promotion of SAC/LLS
  • Lifelong learning
  • Study abroad & SALL

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 encourage interested participants to submit a proposal, and indicate which options they would be willing to present in on the submission form. Final format decisions will be made by September, in conjunction with the presenters.

We welcome submissions in both English and Japanese.

Undergraduate students are welcome to submit to one of these formats with a member of staff (faculty member or administrator), but we encourage these students to participate in the dedicated student conference and other student-centred events (information to be announced soon), where they will have more opportunities to interact with peers.

Deadline for submissions: Monday, 8th August (now closed)

Please submit your proposal here.
You will be asked to provide:
Title (max. 50 characters, English or Japanese).
Summary for the program (100 words in English. 日本語の場合200字まで ) Abstract for vetting (200–250 words in English. 日本語の場合550字まで )

(This submission form also serves as a registration form for presenters.)

More information is provided in the PDF below: