JASAL2022 National Conference Co-sponsored by Akita International University, Call for Presentations

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

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

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 )

More information provided in the PDF below: