Today we held our 2nd JASAL Student Online Forum. The event was largely planned and run by three very capable student volunteers: Chika Yamane (Kanda University of International Studies), Itsuki Takahashi (Gifu Shotoku Gakuen University), and Minhung Lee (Ryutsu Keizai University).
The event began with a presentation from guest speaker Jackson Lee, which was packed full of fun ways for students to make English part of their lives outside the classroom. Then, the participants discussed motivation and other in breakout rooms, and finished with a brainstorming session focused on SAC welcome events for the new school year.
The 14 student participants came from six universities across Japan. There were also two JASAL regular members who came to observe, and Hisako, Katherine, and Clair were also present.
The whole event had a warm and friendly vibe, and there was take-away value for everyone! Thank you to everyone who came and made it a success.
Now the semester is coming to an end for most of us, why not join the lovely Suwako Uehara and Katherine Thornton for the 2nd JASAL Online Social on Tues 9th Feb, 8pm – 10pm! This time we’re going to use Spatial Chat rather than Zoom, as we think it allows for more natural small group interactions and is just a lot more fun.
It also has huge potential as an online self-access space, and I know some people are using it already. See the photo below to get a basic idea. Members will also have received this information in the recent email from JASAL – check your inbox!
If you’re interested in joining the Social, please sign up using the online form below and we’ll send you the link. Spatial Chat has limited capacity so please sign up in advance to help us plan accordingly. Hope to see many of you there!
Are you going to JALT2020 online? JASAL has a forum on Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 1:25 pm to 2:55 pm. The forum is called Fostering community in self-access environments. We are looking forward to having some good discussion. Hope to see you there!
As announced by email and through our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, JASAL2020 will be an online conference. The deadline for presentation proposals has been extended to Sept. 14th. Undergraduate presentations are welcome, and there will also be a separate student forum on a different date in the fall semester. Click on the poster to download it, and please share with anyone who might be interested! For more info, check the conference page.
The Online Student Forum was held on Saturday, July 4, 2020 on Zoom. Twenty-two student participants from seven universities met to share online activities and issues, and they enjoyed coming up with new ideas. There were also 22 teacher participants, who had their own discussion time and observed part of the students’ discussion. See the event page for some photos.
The call for presentations is now open for JASAL2020 National Conference, being held on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Tokyo International University, Saitama and/or online (final decisions on format to be made after the summer break). See the call for presentations for more information, and check the conference page for updates.
We are proud to announce that the inaugural issue of JASAL Journal has been published. It can be downloaded here.
The deadline for Volume 1, Issue 2 is August 31, 2020, with a publication date of November 2020. The second issue will be edited by Hisako Yamashita, Clair Taylor, and Joe Tomei. For more information, please see the journal and submissions pages.
Hello, everyone. There are a couple of announcements from our partner organizations, with some exciting events coming up!
First, from JALT:
PanSIG 2020 June 20-21
PanSIG will be entirely online this weekend, with a great lineup of presentations. Attendance is FREE!
Plenary speaker: Amanda Gillis-Furutaka: “Homo Docens: Lessons From Brain Science About Effective Teaching”
Keynote speaker: Gary Ross: “Technology: Bringing Us Together in a Chaotic World”
With many other presentations and SIG forums.
PanSIG is an annual conference organized by most of JALT’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The conference brings together leading scholars and practitioners in language education from Japan, Asia, and throughout the world.
Next, from ILAC 2020:
Online Teaser Event, June 30
There will be a teaser event on June 30, 2020, 10 pm Japan time.
“Facing the Challenges of Distant Learning”. See the fliers for more details.