In this presentation I summarize what I have learned about developing and managing self-access and social spaces for language learning through my research and work experience. I draw on the first-hand knowledge I gained through establishing and overseeing the daily operation of two self-access centers. One of these was located on a university campus and the other, which catered to the general public, in the heart of a city in northern Japan. To support my points, I also make reference to three research projects which sought to identify language learning opportunities available in the L-café, the social learning space at Okayama University. These studies, which were carried out over an eight-year time span, included an ethnography, a multiple case study, and a narrative inquiry. After providing an overview of my experience, I address several considerations that I see as crucial to the successful development and management of self-access and social spaces for language learning. Following the presentation, participants will be invited to ask questions and share their concerns.
JALT2020 will be needing room hosts for this conference as well as people to help edit and upload a good number of YouTube videos. While we have a rough idea for what the schedule is looking like, we want to start recruiting people to help with room hosting and YouTube videos. Knowing we have people on board will help our Coordinators deal with scheduling training sessions, make protocols, and figure possible rotation schedules. So, please look at this Google form (see link below) and complete it if you are willing to help with these jobs. The form references both jobs. We would appreciate a response by Wednesday, July 29.
East Shikoku JALT’s lunchtime webinar series on Moodle will be held at noon on 5/14 & 5/21 (Friday lunchtime). The lunchtime series is an informal session where teachers can drop in to ask questions about using Moodle or eLearning. You can find additional information on our website: https://esjalt.org/
If you’re feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of using a Learner Management System (LMS) like Moodle for the first time, or if you would like some ideas for using Moodle under these difficult new teaching circumstances, please join us in this virtual seminar.
Speakers: Paul Daniels and Gordon Bateson
Date/Time: Friday, April 24 (12:00-2:00, JST))
Paul Daniels and Gordon Bateson from Kochi University of Technology, have kindly agreed to lead an online workshop for teachers about Moodle. Paul and Gordon have strong expertise and extensive experience with Moodle. They will do a two-part workshop.
The Webinar will be held from 12:00-2:00 on Friday, April 24. Don’t worry if you can’t join the webinar at that time. It will be recorded and made available online. Paul or
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.
Due to travel restrictions, this event has been canceled.
Language education in context: Bilingual experiences from Melbourne, Australia
Speaker: Dr. Naomi Wilks-Smith, RMIT University
Date: Thursday, April 9 (6:30 – 7:30)
Location: KUT, Eikokuji Campus (Room TBA0
Japanese is amongst a plethora of languages taught in schools and spoken in the community in Melbourne, Australia. This presentation explores the provision of Japanese in Melbourne, both as an additional language in schools, and as a home language in the community. It outlines the wide range of programs available and the practical strategies that families are using to raise children with Japanese in Melbourne. This presentation responds to the JALT Bilingualism SIG publication ‘Raising Bilingual and Bicultural Children in Japan: Essays from the Inaka’ (2018), in which stories were shared from families raising children with English in Japan, by sharing reverse stories of raising children with Japanese in the English-dominant context of Melbourne, Australia. It is anticipated that the understanding of bilingualism is further enhanced through the sharing of these context-specific stories and that teachers and families can expand their repertoire of strategies by learning from each other.
JALT has expanded our family-friendly policy. As in previous years, attendees are welcome to bring their child(ren) and a guardian free of charge. At JALT2020, you may also bring a spouse/partner with you without paying. Your spouse/partner may like to see your session, understand more about the organization you volunteer for or simply spend time with you while you are away from home. This provides that opportunity.
We are also arranging onsite childcare this year. It will be available to attendees regardless of whether or not they present. At this stage, we are asking those who make presentation proposals to indicate if they would like to use this service or not so we can get a rough idea of potential numbers. More details here:https://jalt.org/conference/jalt2020/information-families