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.
We will hold an online student forum on Saturday, July 4, 2020 13:00-15:00 on Zoom. There will not be any presentations, but SAC users and student staff members will informally share experiences, activities, and/or issues they face in these unexpected circumstances. Please encourage your students to join. Teachers/advisors/administrative staff members are welcome to observe. More info and a link to the sign-up form can be found below:
To keep students in your SAC/ LLS involved and bring them together when they may be socially isolating to some degree, why not invite them to take part in this vocabulary tournament? Lexxica, West Tokyo JALT, and JASAL are co-sponsoring a FREE Vocabulary Team Challenge. Teams of 8 to 20 students from around the world can compete to win praise and prizes.
Our partner organization, the Writing Centers Association of Japan, has extended the deadline for presentation proposals for their February 23rd Symposium (free of charge!) until January 17th, 2020. Take a look at the website!