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16:00 Mon
17:00 Tue

Teacher Development SIG Annual General Meeting #827

Tue, Nov 17, 17:00-17:45 JST

In this annual general meeting, members of the Teacher Development (TD) SIG will report on the recent activities of the group. Officers will share information and news about the SIG’s events, membership, publications, and other related matters. As well as discussing previous work, ideas about the SIG’s future will be shared, and the results of this year’s officer elections will be announced. Current and potential SIG members are encouraged to come along to this session.

In this annual general meeting, members of the Teacher Development (TD) SIG will report on the recent activities of the group. Officers will share information and news about the SIG’s events, membership, publications, and other related matters. As well as discussing previous work, ideas about the SIG’s future will be shared, and the results of this year’s officer elections will be announced. Current and potential SIG members are encouraged to come along to this session.

18:00 Tue

Predictive Language Processing and Its Role in ELT #821

Tue, Nov 17, 18:00-19:00 JST

Predictive Processing (PP) is a fundamental and exciting theory in neuroscience. This forum will focus on the critical role PP plays in foreign language processing. Following an overview of PP, participants will be able to choose two topics to hear more about and discuss in separate breakout rooms (PP in depth, multi-word utterances, grammar, intensive reading, study abroad, extensive reading). With two rounds, everyone will be able to visit two rooms.

Predictive Processing (PP) is a fundamental and exciting theory in neuroscience. This forum will focus on the critical role PP plays in foreign language processing. Following an overview of PP, participants will be able to choose two topics to hear more about and discuss in separate breakout rooms (PP in depth, multi-word utterances, grammar, intensive reading, study abroad, extensive reading). With two rounds, everyone will be able to visit two rooms.

16:30 Wed

GILE SIG Annual General Meeting #838

Wed, Nov 18, 16:30-17:15 JST

This is the annual general meeting for the Global Issues in Language Education SIG. We will give an update of what has happened over the last year and hold elections to fill officer positions. Come join us if you are already a member or thinking of joining. New ideas and perspectives are always welcome!

This is the annual general meeting for the Global Issues in Language Education SIG. We will give an update of what has happened over the last year and hold elections to fill officer positions. Come join us if you are already a member or thinking of joining. New ideas and perspectives are always welcome!

17:30 Wed

CT SIG Forum: Critical Thinking in Trying Times #822

Wed, Nov 18, 17:30-18:30 JST

This year’s Critical Thinking SIG Forum will focus on adapting critical thinking pedagogy to online and distance learning focused classrooms. Our situation with the COVID-19 pandemic has made everyone rethink their approach to teaching. This forum will share three strategies to help you introduce critical thinking in your classes whether they are in person or online.

This year’s Critical Thinking SIG Forum will focus on adapting critical thinking pedagogy to online and distance learning focused classrooms. Our situation with the COVID-19 pandemic has made everyone rethink their approach to teaching. This forum will share three strategies to help you introduce critical thinking in your classes whether they are in person or online.

19:00 Wed

Material Writers SIG Annual Forum #277

Wed, Nov 18, 19:00-20:30 JST

The MW SIG Annual Forum. The specifics are TBD.

The MW SIG Annual Forum. The specifics are TBD.

20:45 Wed

MW SIG Annual General Meeting #836

This is the Materials Writers SIG’s Annual General Meeting. We will report on the 2019-2020 year and talk about plans for the upcoming year.

This is the Materials Writers SIG’s Annual General Meeting. We will report on the 2019-2020 year and talk about plans for the upcoming year.

17:15 Thu

Pragmatics SIG Annual General Meeting #830

Pragmatics SIG holds elections and provides reports to members.

Pragmatics SIG holds elections and provides reports to members.

18:30 Thu

Academic Partnerships: Intercultural Negotiation #261

In this forum, the presenters will share their experience and answer questions regarding various issues that arise when negotiating overseas academic partnerships. Topics include: (a) first steps for establishing the partnership; (b) negotiating differing perspectives (including mediating between our host university and partner university); (c) maintaining the partnership (including overcoming problems); and (d) ending partnerships. Simon is the director of partner negotiations for his faculty and Peter is the international ambassador at National Taipei University.

In this forum, the presenters will share their experience and answer questions regarding various issues that arise when negotiating overseas academic partnerships. Topics include: (a) first steps for establishing the partnership; (b) negotiating differing perspectives (including mediating between our host university and partner university); (c) maintaining the partnership (including overcoming problems); and (d) ending partnerships. Simon is the director of partner negotiations for his faculty and Peter is the international ambassador at National Taipei University.

15:00 Fri

MAVR Annual General Meeting #302

Fri, Nov 20, 15:00-16:00 JST

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17:15 Fri

Teachers Helping Teachers SIG Forum and AGM #273

Fri, Nov 20, 17:15-18:45 JST

This forum will bring together Teaching Helping Teachers (THT) THT members, country coordinators and interested parties. Invited speakers from some of the THT programs, such as Bangladesh and Kyrgyzstan, will talk about their experiences with THT and teaching during the pandemic. Due to COVID-19 most of the THT 2020 programs have been unable to go ahead. Participants will also discuss the role of THT in a COVID world. Presentations and discussion will be followed by the Annual General Meeting.

This forum will bring together Teaching Helping Teachers (THT) THT members, country coordinators and interested parties. Invited speakers from some of the THT programs, such as Bangladesh and Kyrgyzstan, will talk about their experiences with THT and teaching during the pandemic. Due to COVID-19 most of the THT 2020 programs have been unable to go ahead. Participants will also discuss the role of THT in a COVID world. Presentations and discussion will be followed by the Annual General Meeting.

18:00 Fri

Performance in Education (PIE) SIG AGM #832

This is the annual general meeting for the JALT Performance in Education (PIE) SIG. In this meeting we will report on SIG related events that took place in the past year, announce the results of our online elections, discuss future events, introduce SIG publications, and carry out other necessary business involving SIG officers and membership. All interested people are warmly invited to attend.

This is the annual general meeting for the JALT Performance in Education (PIE) SIG. In this meeting we will report on SIG related events that took place in the past year, announce the results of our online elections, discuss future events, introduce SIG publications, and carry out other necessary business involving SIG officers and membership. All interested people are warmly invited to attend.

10:45 Sat

Impact of Training on Teacher Corrective Feedback #644

This presentation reports on the findings of a qualitative study of secondary EFL teachers’ oral corrective feedback (CF) before and after a professional development program. Data included interviews, reflections, and observations pre- and post-training. This study found that the participants changed their CF beliefs and practices considerably after taking part in the programme. The study suggests that teachers’ feedback beliefs and practices can be changed by workshops accompanied by appropriate follow-up teacher learning activities.

This presentation reports on the findings of a qualitative study of secondary EFL teachers’ oral corrective feedback (CF) before and after a professional development program. Data included interviews, reflections, and observations pre- and post-training. This study found that the participants changed their CF beliefs and practices considerably after taking part in the programme. The study suggests that teachers’ feedback beliefs and practices can be changed by workshops accompanied by appropriate follow-up teacher learning activities.

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11:55 Sat

A Synthesis of Student Evaluations of Teaching #623

Student evaluations of teaching (SET) have become a fundamental component of evaluating faculty effectiveness in higher education. Recent initiatives by MEXT have put pressure on universities to publicly display student evaluations of teaching. This presentation explains evaluation questions and explores the connection between SET scores and student perceptions of learning by sharing research findings on known biases like student motivation, class size, gender, and background knowledge.

Student evaluations of teaching (SET) have become a fundamental component of evaluating faculty effectiveness in higher education. Recent initiatives by MEXT have put pressure on universities to publicly display student evaluations of teaching. This presentation explains evaluation questions and explores the connection between SET scores and student perceptions of learning by sharing research findings on known biases like student motivation, class size, gender, and background knowledge.

16:45 Sat

PanSIG 2019: A Case Study on Attendee Demographics #724

Sat, Nov 21, 16:45-17:10 JST

This presentation analyzes demographic data of attendees of the 2019 PanSIG conference as a case study to follow-up a 2018 survey about who attends JALT conferences and why. Analysis compares conference data with JALT membership demographics. The data provides evidence and information about ways JALT can improve access to conferences and thereby widen the demographics of attendees. Greater participation in conferences is one step to creating a more vibrant and inclusive language teaching community.

This presentation analyzes demographic data of attendees of the 2019 PanSIG conference as a case study to follow-up a 2018 survey about who attends JALT conferences and why. Analysis compares conference data with JALT membership demographics. The data provides evidence and information about ways JALT can improve access to conferences and thereby widen the demographics of attendees. Greater participation in conferences is one step to creating a more vibrant and inclusive language teaching community.

17:20 Sat

Teaching Wellbeing in Context #392

Teacher wellbeing is not an optional extra element but the foundation of good practice. In this talk, we will explore the factors that contribute to positive teacher wellbeing focusing on aspects of the contexts and communities that can hinder or inhibit professional growth and job satisfaction. The talk will include practical suggestions for individuals and institutions to reflect upon including relationships, communication, autonomy, self-efficacy, and boundaries.

Teacher wellbeing is not an optional extra element but the foundation of good practice. In this talk, we will explore the factors that contribute to positive teacher wellbeing focusing on aspects of the contexts and communities that can hinder or inhibit professional growth and job satisfaction. The talk will include practical suggestions for individuals and institutions to reflect upon including relationships, communication, autonomy, self-efficacy, and boundaries.

09:30 Sun

Teacher Cognition of Learning Beyond the Classroom #565

Sun, Nov 22, 09:30-09:55 JST

This research explores teacher cognition of language learning and teaching beyond the classroom and provides insights into teacher learning processes during an inquiry into student learning from an ecological perspective. The development of teacher beliefs, their subsequent actions in teaching, and their reconceptualization of their roles are examined using a multiple case study design involving narrative and thematic analyses of multiple data sources, mind map drawings, semi-structured interviews, and reflective journal entries by the researcher.

This research explores teacher cognition of language learning and teaching beyond the classroom and provides insights into teacher learning processes during an inquiry into student learning from an ecological perspective. The development of teacher beliefs, their subsequent actions in teaching, and their reconceptualization of their roles are examined using a multiple case study design involving narrative and thematic analyses of multiple data sources, mind map drawings, semi-structured interviews, and reflective journal entries by the researcher.

10:45 Sun

International Teaching Assistant Education and EMI #738

International teaching assistants (ITAs) are unique to North American higher education and have enriched educational experiences on university campuses despite linguistic, pedagogical, and cultural challenges they may face in the target culture. This paper introduces ITA education in US universities and describes its development, common issues raised and corresponding training areas such as pragmatic competence necessary for ITAs to deliver academic content in English effectively. It discusses implications for English as a medium of instruction (EMI) in Japan and beyond.

International teaching assistants (ITAs) are unique to North American higher education and have enriched educational experiences on university campuses despite linguistic, pedagogical, and cultural challenges they may face in the target culture. This paper introduces ITA education in US universities and describes its development, common issues raised and corresponding training areas such as pragmatic competence necessary for ITAs to deliver academic content in English effectively. It discusses implications for English as a medium of instruction (EMI) in Japan and beyond.

11:55 Sun

Multimodal Knowledge-Building in EFL #659

Sun, Nov 22, 11:55-12:20 JST

What really goes on in MEXT’s secondary school English Communication classes? The analysis of one teacher’s choices, through systemic-functional theory (SFT) and legitimation code theory (LCT), in their use of space, gaze, and gesture, along with discursive and lexicogrammatical choices in language, can show how they foreclose and create cumulative knowledge building (Maton, 2014). Based upon this examination, the speaker will close with thoughts on possible future directions for research and teaching.

What really goes on in MEXT’s secondary school English Communication classes? The analysis of one teacher’s choices, through systemic-functional theory (SFT) and legitimation code theory (LCT), in their use of space, gaze, and gesture, along with discursive and lexicogrammatical choices in language, can show how they foreclose and create cumulative knowledge building (Maton, 2014). Based upon this examination, the speaker will close with thoughts on possible future directions for research and teaching.

12:50 Sun

Implementing Effective Professional Development #755

Sun, Nov 22, 12:50-13:15 JST

Japan’s Ministry of Education has identified professional development (PD) as necessary for innovating its education system (Murakami, 2019). However, effective PD must be context-specific (Guskey, 2003; Kinugawa & Tachi, 2003; Richards, 2010). This presentation shares three years of feedback on PD conducted for lecturers at a Japanese university. The perceived value of PD opportunities depended on many factors. The presenter will address the affordances and challenges in creating PD programs while demonstrating this program’s evolution.

Japan’s Ministry of Education has identified professional development (PD) as necessary for innovating its education system (Murakami, 2019). However, effective PD must be context-specific (Guskey, 2003; Kinugawa & Tachi, 2003; Richards, 2010). This presentation shares three years of feedback on PD conducted for lecturers at a Japanese university. The perceived value of PD opportunities depended on many factors. The presenter will address the affordances and challenges in creating PD programs while demonstrating this program’s evolution.

13:25 Sun

A Coordinated Action Research Program #252

Sun, Nov 22, 13:25-14:55 JST

A panel of teacher-researchers will discuss their experiences designing and implementing action research in the Japanese EFL university context. Topics include exploratory practice in a reading and writing class, learner reflections on leadership skills in group work, providing optimum scaffolding for reading circles, and addressing learner reticence to speak English in the classroom. Discussants will share reflections on receiving guidance from an expert researcher, group meetings, project design, ethical practices, and classroom experiences.

A panel of teacher-researchers will discuss their experiences designing and implementing action research in the Japanese EFL university context. Topics include exploratory practice in a reading and writing class, learner reflections on leadership skills in group work, providing optimum scaffolding for reading circles, and addressing learner reticence to speak English in the classroom. Discussants will share reflections on receiving guidance from an expert researcher, group meetings, project design, ethical practices, and classroom experiences.

16:45 Sun

Teacher Cognition in Language Program Management #618

This session aims to share the findings of a study that investigated teacher cognition about the mission and vision of an English language program to see whether the contents of the mission statement align with the expectations of the language teachers working for that program. Propositions for aligning teacher expectations with program vision and mission statement development, revision, and enhancement will also be discussed.

This session aims to share the findings of a study that investigated teacher cognition about the mission and vision of an English language program to see whether the contents of the mission statement align with the expectations of the language teachers working for that program. Propositions for aligning teacher expectations with program vision and mission statement development, revision, and enhancement will also be discussed.

17:20 Sun

Tidings From the Grim Reaper: Corporate Influence #448

More universities and colleges are turning to the “dispatch” services of language companies to obtain instructors and run their language programs. How do these companies gain access and footholds? What does this mean for regular instructors? How can an instructor work to secure their position and prevent corporate infiltration? The presenter, a former tertiary education contract acquisition specialist now free from the life of corporate skullduggery, answers these questions and more.

More universities and colleges are turning to the “dispatch” services of language companies to obtain instructors and run their language programs. How do these companies gain access and footholds? What does this mean for regular instructors? How can an instructor work to secure their position and prevent corporate infiltration? The presenter, a former tertiary education contract acquisition specialist now free from the life of corporate skullduggery, answers these questions and more.

18:30 Sun

Literature in English Communication Courses #468

This workshop will introduce some very short stories, so-called flash fiction, that might be used in addition to or integrated with typical EFL textbooks and show how to incorporate the stories in an English Communication class. Literature is open to multiple interpretations, and these various opinions about a text promote genuine discussion. Furthermore, the use of literary texts has the potential to expose students to world Englishes and various cultures. No literary background required.

This workshop will introduce some very short stories, so-called flash fiction, that might be used in addition to or integrated with typical EFL textbooks and show how to incorporate the stories in an English Communication class. Literature is open to multiple interpretations, and these various opinions about a text promote genuine discussion. Furthermore, the use of literary texts has the potential to expose students to world Englishes and various cultures. No literary background required.

10:05 Mon

Problems Redesigning University EFL Curricula #766

This presentation examines the institutional issues affecting universities seeking to redesign their current English education curricula through a case study of one faculty in Tokyo. Particularly important issues the faculty dealt with included restrictions on curriculum changes for accreditation purposes and changes in the labor laws affecting staffing choices. Discussion of these issues will be followed by practical advice on how best practices in curriculum design can be implemented effectively given such institutional restrictions.

This presentation examines the institutional issues affecting universities seeking to redesign their current English education curricula through a case study of one faculty in Tokyo. Particularly important issues the faculty dealt with included restrictions on curriculum changes for accreditation purposes and changes in the labor laws affecting staffing choices. Discussion of these issues will be followed by practical advice on how best practices in curriculum design can be implemented effectively given such institutional restrictions.

10:45 Mon

Stepping Up to Be a Teacher Trainer #369

Mon, Nov 23, 10:45-11:45 JST

Are you ready to be a teacher trainer? Is teacher training simply just teaching others how to teach, sharing your knowledge and experience? Have you been asked to train other teachers simply because you have been teaching longer than others? Good trainers are good teachers in the classroom, but not all good teachers can be good trainers. This is an interactive workshop focusing on andragogy for current and future English teacher trainers.

Are you ready to be a teacher trainer? Is teacher training simply just teaching others how to teach, sharing your knowledge and experience? Have you been asked to train other teachers simply because you have been teaching longer than others? Good trainers are good teachers in the classroom, but not all good teachers can be good trainers. This is an interactive workshop focusing on andragogy for current and future English teacher trainers.

11:55 Mon

EMI Teachers: Required Competencies & Support Need #596

Despite the increasing prevalence of English Medium Instruction (EMI) courses in universities in Japan, little is known about the competencies required to teach these courses successfully. Through semi-structured interviews with university instructors who have taught EMI courses, I examined the difficulties faced by them, competencies they need to have, and professional development and additional support they wish to receive to run EMI courses effectively.

Despite the increasing prevalence of English Medium Instruction (EMI) courses in universities in Japan, little is known about the competencies required to teach these courses successfully. Through semi-structured interviews with university instructors who have taught EMI courses, I examined the difficulties faced by them, competencies they need to have, and professional development and additional support they wish to receive to run EMI courses effectively.