Registration Open for JASAL 10th Anniversary Conference

Registration is now open for the JASAL 10th Anniversary Conference (originally called JASAL Mini-Conference) in Tokyo on 12th December. We have 12 presentations on various aspects of self-access from 13 different institutions across Japan, so it promises to be a very interesting day.

If you’d like to attend the Conference, please register in advance using this online registration form.

More details about the JASAL 10th Anniversary Conference can be found on this page, or accessed from the Conference & Events tag.

Conference Program pamphlet can be found here.

We hope to see many of you at KIFL on December 12th!


Call for Presentations: JASAL Forum at JALT 2013

for the JASAL Forum at JALT2013, Kobe (October 25-28, 2013)

Self-access and the lifelong voyage of learning
Self-access learning can be a lifelong endeavour, starting at any age, and continuing far beyond graduation from an institution. This process is easily likened to a voyage, with learners going in different directions and progressing at different speeds depending on a variety of environmental factors. The self-access centre can be seen as a port, with learners coming to refuel with ideas, restock with learning materials, share stories of their adventures, and possibly chart out a new direction for the future. Feel free to interpret this year’s JALT theme in any way that is relevant to you and your context.

 We invite submissions on areas including, but not limited to:

  • SAC layout
  • Managing and administrating SACs
  • Materials
  • Learning program design
  • Integrating self-access with curriculum
  • Learner involvement in self-access
  • Self-access learning communities
  • Learning advising/counseling
  • Assessment of self-access learning
  • Evaluating SACs
  • Research design
  • Interaction and collaboration with colleagues and administrators

Continuing on the success of last year’s event, this year’s forum will consist of short presentations followed by a poster session and open forum discussion.

Proposals should include the following:

  • Title
  • Format (poster or presentation)
  • Name(s) of presenter(s) and affiliation(s)
  • JALT membership number of all presenters, (if applicable)
  • 150-200 word abstract
  • 75-word summary which clearly states your topic
  • Equipment you will require

Please submit your proposal to by Sun, April 14, 2013. Please note that while the JALT deadline for submissions is April 21, we need time to put together our proposal. If for some reason your presentation cannot be included in the JASAL Forum, we will notify you so you can submit your proposal to the JALT conference as an individual paper before the April 21 deadline.

Please understand that depending on the number and nature of proposals we receive, we may have to ask you to change from a presentation to a poster or vice versa.

For more information on the JALT 2013 conference, please visit:

Announcement: Student Conference In February 2013

JASAL is proud to support the first ever student conference for Student Involvement in Self Access Centers in Japan, organised by students and staff at Sugiyama Jogakuen University in Nagoya, in association with Nanzan University and JASAL. It will take place in February in Nagoya, and is targetted primarily at students, (although teachers, learning advisors and managers are also encouraged to attend and support their students at the event). For more details, click here.

We hope to see many JASAL members there, supporting their students as they present and share their ideas!SISAC Conference Flyer

Join us at JASAL Forum at JALT 2012!

JASAL will host the anuual JASAL Forum titled “Making a difference through Self Access” at JALT 2012 Hamamatsu. We will have 3 presentations, 4 poster presentations, and discussion time. 

Please come and join us!

For details, please click here or go to the “Conferences” tab on this website.

Date: Saturday, 13th October
Time: 3:50pm – 5:20pm
Room: 21

Advising for language learner autonomy – announcement and final call

Please see below for details of the Advising for language learner autonomy conference, to be held at Kanda University of International Studies in November, and officially supported by JASAL. Please note the revised deadline for papers is Monday 4th July.

Dear colleagues,
This is the FINAL call for papers for the upcoming advising event at Kanda University of International Studies in Japan. The deadline for proposals has been extended to JULY 4th. Please note that presenters may also submit a “virtual presentation” proposal. We would be grateful if you could circulate this call.

Best wishes,

Jo Mynard (Convener – on behalf of the organising committee)

Final call for papers: “Advising for language learner autonomy” event in Japan
Event: “Advising for language learner autonomy” conference
Organiser: IATEFL Learner Autonomy SIG
When: Saturday November 12th, 2011 (also tours of two self-access centres on 11th November)
Where: Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan
More information:
Theme: Advising for language learner autonomy
1. Training and professional development for learning advisors or peer advisors
2. Research and practice in advising
3. Peer advising
4. Advising tools
5. The dialogue and discourse of advising
6. Context-related issues in advising


Marina Mozzon-McPherson, University of Hull, UK (plenary)
Lucy Cooker, University of Birmingham, UK (opening remarks)
Christopher Candlin, Macquarie University, Australia (closing session)
Types of presentations:
· Paper presentation: 40 minutes
· Workshop: 60 minutes
· Poster: 90 minutes
· Virtual presentation (for presenters who cannot attend in person)
(Extended) deadline for proposals: July 4th, 2011
Grants: Two grants of 40,000 yen from JALT Learner Development SIG.
Conference proceedings: Special issue of Studies in Self-Access Learning (SiSAL) Journal
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