2020 Shikoku JALT Cancelled

We regret to inform you that the 11th Shikoku JALT Conference, scheduled to be held in June 2020 at Tokushima University, has been cancelled this year. This decision was taken in consultation with officers from East Shikoku JALT and Matsuyama JALT, which organize and co-sponsor this event each year, and with the Conference Site Chair at Tokushima University. We are planning to hold the Shikoku JALT Conference next year in Tokushima (2021).

For those members who submitted a proposal, we invite you to submit again next year. Of course, if you can find a different outlet to present your work before then, we would fully understand. The Conference Chair, Darren Lingley, will be contacting those who submitted individually.

Originally scheduled information:

Presenter: David Barker

Mental Models in Language Education

Mental models are simplified frameworks and metaphors that we carry in our heads to help us navigate the complex world in which we live. Mental models guide the way that we think and behave, and they dictate what we expect of ourselves and of others. They also affect the decisions that we make in both our professional and private lives. Mental models are so powerful that learning a new one can lead to a complete recalibration of the way we perceive the world around us. Many mental models begin within a specific domain, but the best ones inevitably find their way into mainstream culture and thinking. In this session, the speaker will introduce a number of mental models that he feels have particular relevance to the field of language education. He will explain how they have affected his own thinking and examine what they can tell us about language teaching and learning in general.


David Barker is the director of the English Center at Gifu University in Japan. Originally from Wales, he became a language teacher after working for two years as a police officer in Liverpool, England. He has a PhD in language education and has taught English in Singapore, New Zealand, and Japan, where he has lived for 23 years. He is the founder of BTB Press and the author of a wide range of bilingual textbooks. He is also the author of four Japanese language books about learning English, two of which became national bestsellers. His main areas of interest are cross-linguistic interference and materials development. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, running, and riding / falling off motorcycles.

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