42nd Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning and Educational Materials Exhibition (JALT) 2016 Nagoya

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  • 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 2528, 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.


    Invited Speakers

    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

    Ple­nary Speakers

    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.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    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?

    Inter­est Areas

    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.

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