The Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) will be holding its 42nd Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exhibition on November 25 – 28, 2016 in Nagoya, Japan at the WINC Aichi — the Aichi Industry and Labor Center and is kindly inviting you to participate.
Conference Theme: Transformation in Language Education
As language teachers and learners the idea that language education is transformative will be neither surprising nor unusual. All of us have had teachers or classes that have changed our lives. Some of us have also had language learning experiences that have been
_________. That blank space is there for you to fill-in because transformation implies change, and change in language education can be viewed in so many ways: inspiring, stimulating, rejuvenating, exhilarating, renovating, resuscitating, and this list can go on and on.
If you speak to one of the thousands who have attended a JALT conference over the last several years, you cannot help but hear stories of transformation. It is the nature of JALT conferences to be change agents. And, JALT2016 will prove to be extra special: it will not just be transformative — it will provide a platform for exploring transformation from many vantage points.
One book that has transformed many teachers’ teaching lives is Earl Stevick’s Teaching Languages: A Way and Ways. In it Stevick writes:
“Some riddles have no final answers. A few answerless riddles are still worth asking. They are worth asking not for their answers, since they have none, but for what we do in struggling with them.“
This struggling with riddles is one path towards transformation.Let’s keep at this as we count down to JALT2016: Transformation in Language Education.
Each year, JALT welcomes two speakers who represent the values, work, and vision of two teachers who served as leaders in our association: the Bill Balsamo Asian Scholar and the Kevin Cleary Invited Speaker.
- TBA — Bill Balsamo Asian Scholar
- Debbie West — Kevin Cleary Invited Speaker
JD Brown has spoken and taught courses in more than forty countries ranging from Brazil to Yugoslavia. He has also authored or co-authored a number of books and published numerous journal articles and book chapters on wide-ranging topics including language curriculum development, language testing, language testing in Japan, testing L2 pragmatics, performance testing, criterion-referenced language testing, ideas for classroom assessment, using surveys in language programs, doing quantitative and qualitative research, connected speech, quantitative research methods, mixed methods research, and heritage language curriculum. Find out more at his homepage.
Anne Burns is Professor in Language Education at Aston University, Birmingham, and Professor of TESOL at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney and an Honorary Associate at Macquarie University. Visit her homepage to learn more about her research and publishing.
Annamaria Pinter is a lecturer at the Centre for English Language Teacher Education at the University of Warwick, UK where she works with MA students. Originally from Hungary, she worked in a teacher training college specialising in ELT for young learners. She had several years of experience teaching children of all ages in a variety of settings. She has also worked with language teachers from a range of different countries (e.g. Russia, Poland, Japan, Thailand, Turkey) running short courses, workshops and consultancy projects. Learn more about her work here.
Dorothy Zemach is an author, editor, teacher, and teacher trainer. She has taught English, French, and Japanese for over 18 years in Asia, Africa, and the US. She holds an MA in TESL from the School for International Training in Vermont. She last joined the JALT Conference as a Featured Speaker in Tokyo in 2008. We are very pleased to welcome her back. Please visit her homepage to learn more about her work in ELT and publishing.
The call for proposals is open until February 15. Every year hundreds and hundreds of proposals are received. It will be great if at JALT2016 some of the accepted proposals can address the following questions:
- How do teachers change?
- How have our learners changed?
- How has our understanding of language education changed?
- What changes are coming next?
- How have materials, textbooks, and tools changed, and how have those changes transformed the experience of language learning?
- How has the educational landscape in Japan transformed in recent years?
Presentation rooms will be organized according to the interest areas below, which closely parallel JALT Special Interest Groups (SIGs). These are divided into two main sub-groups:
A. Learning/Teaching Contexts
- College & University Education (CUE)
- Conversation /Language School (EIKAIWA)
- Junior/Senior High School (JSHS) (Presentations will be included in JALT Junior)
- Teaching Children (TC) (Presentations will be included in JALT Junior)
- Teaching Mature Learners
- General (applicable to any, or at least a range of, teacher/learner populations)
- Non-teaching content (for meetings and JALT business sessions)
B. Content Areas
- Administration, Management, & Employment Issues (PALE)
- Bilingualism (BIL)
- Business Communication (BizCom)
- Content-Based Instruction (CBI)
- Corpus (COR)
- Critical Thinking (CT)
- Culture (CUL)
- Elementary and Preschool (ELEM)
- English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
- Extensive Reading (ER)
- Framework (CEFR etc.) & Language Portfolio (FLP)
- Gender Awareness in Language Education (GALE)
- Global Issues in Language Education (GILE)
- Japanese as a Second Language (JSL)
- Language and Technology (CALL)
- Languages Other than English or Japanese (OLE)
- Learner Development (LD)
- Lifelong Language Learning (LLL)
- Listening (LIS)
- Literature in Language Teaching (LILT)
- Materials Writing and Design (MW)
- Mind, Brain, and Education (BRAIN)
- Motivation (MOT)
- Pragmatics (PRAG)
- Professional Development (PD)
- Pronunciation (PRON)
- Reading (READ)
- School Owners (SO)
- Sociolinguistics (SL)
- Speech, Drama & Debate (SDD)
- Speaking/Communication (SC)
- Study Abroad (SA)
- Task-Based Learning (TBL)
- Teacher Education (TED)
- Teachers Helping Teachers (THT)
- Testing and Evaluation (TEVAL)
- Vocabulary (VOC)
- Writing (WRIT)
- Non-teaching area (for meetings and JALT business sessions)
Presenters should indicate BOTH which learning/teaching context they are targeting AND which content area they feel the presentation best fits.