Extended Call for Papers on Learning Spaces

We have already received a number of excellent submissions for issue 3.1 of JASAL Journal. However, we would like to extend the call for papers to March 28th for any research or practice papers which specifically focus on the JASAL2021 national conference theme: “Post-Pandemic Perspectives on Learning Spaces: Challenges, Opportunities, and Stakes” 

Our guest editor for this issue is Dr John Augeri, an expert on learning space design, and we are very much hoping that “Learning Spaces” can be a central theme in this issue, making the most of John’s expertise.

If you would like to contribute a paper on this theme, there are two options:

  1. Research paper (3000–5000 words in English or 6000–10000 characters in Japanese) giving details of a research project conducted on the topic of learning spaces
  2. Discussion of self-access practices (2000–2500 words in English, 4000–5000 characters in Japanese) detailing your space design and its underlying principles. These can be new or existing designs, including how your spaces have responded/adapted to the pandemic 

See the JASAL Journal website page for the style guide and formatting details. 


JASAL Journal 2(2)

JASAL Journal 2(2), edited by Naomi Fujishima and Garold Murray, has been published! It is a really full issue with a featured article, a research paper, a practice paper, conference reports, a panel discussion review, and a book review. There is so much to read over your winter holiday break. Thank you so much to the all the contributors, the editorial team, the reviewers and our editors for all the incredibly hard work that went into this issue!

Recent events

It has been an incredibly fruitful and busy period for JASAL. We had our national conference JASAL2021 (held online) in October. This was a truly wonderful day of networking and presentations, with the conference theme Learning Space Design and Usage in Self-Access Language Learning.

Then, we held a Forum at JALT2021 (also online) on November 13, discussing Serendipities in Self-Access Learning: Positives from the Pandemic, which was a great opportunity to introduce some people to our field and our community.

Finally, we held our 5th JASAL Student Conference, on the afternoon of Saturday, November 27, also online.

Thank you to everyone who has made these events such a success. We are still buzzing from all the stimulation and fresh ideas!

Extension to Student Conference Submission Deadline

We have decided to extend the submission deadline for the student conference, to be held online on Sat., November 27th, by one week, from October 31st to November 7th. (There is no change to the registration date). Please do encourage your students to take part and to present if possible. Many may feel quite daunted by the prospect but JASAL prides itself on providing a warm and supportive atmosphere for students, and we know from previous feedback how much students get out of it! More information and the submission link can be found here.

5th JASAL Student Conference (Fall 2021)

JASAL will hold our 5th Student Conference on Saturday, November 27, 2021. It will be online from 13:00-16:00.

There are two ways to participate:

  1. Present + Attend (individual or group)
  2. Attend (but NOT present)


Option 1 (Present + Attend): Submit your proposal by Sunday, October 31, 2021

Option 2 (just attending): Register to participate by Saturday, November 20, 2021

For more information, please see the call & registration document.

Advising in Language Learning and Its Application to Classroom Teaching

Thank you to everyone who came to the Advising in Language Learning event on Saturday July 10th on Zoom. This was a joint event by JALT Kyoto and JASAL. There were 34 participants, including some from overseas! If you were unable to attend, you can see the videos on our YouTube channel. More information about the event and links to the YouTube videos can be found here.

JASAL Journal June 2021 Issue

The June 2021 edition of JASAL Journal, edited by Bethan Kushida and Umida Ashurova, is published! It is a really full issue with three research papers—one by Satoko Watkins, one by Hilda Freimuth, Joe Dobson, and Ishka Rodriques, and one by Haruka Mukae). There are also three discussions of practice and three conference reports.

Thank you to everyone involved in creating the issue. It is a really rich resource for the JASAL community and beyond. Take a look!

The submissions deadline for the next issue, edited by by Naomi Fujishima and Garold Murray, is August 31 2021. It is scheduled for December 2021. We are looking forward to your submissions.