Sessions / Non-teaching Context

TBL SIG Annual General Meeting #840


Mon, Nov 16, 16:00-16:45 JST | Zoom 3

This is the Annual General Meeting of the TBL SIG AGM. The main aim of the SIG is to help bridge the gap between task-based language teaching theory and practice, especially as it relates to Japan and Asia. At the AGM, we will report on and discuss SIG activities and publications. We welcome present members, as well as anyone who might be interesting in becoming involved with the SIG in the future.

RH Role Play #3 #886


Mon, Nov 16, 19:00-21:00 JST | Hangouts 32

Opportunity for Room Hosts to practice their skills.

JALT Publications Chairs Meeting #306


Mon, Nov 16, 19:15-20:15 JST | Zoom 1

This is the annual meeting for JALT SIG and Chapter Publication Chairs. We will discuss issues related to publications and share ideas for producing, improving, and promoting publications. Other SIG and Chapter Officers or members of JALT publications are welcome to attend.

Macquarie University Research Student Roundtable #877

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Tue, Nov 17, 17:30-18:30 JST | Macquarie University

This is for current research students to share their research as a “work-in-progress” with fellow participants and alumni. Participants can discuss their progress and problems, and receive constructive feedback and/or advice in an informal, relaxed setting. Please prepare a short summary for screen-sharing on Zoom. Macquarie students and alumni who would like to learn about what other students are researching or help with feedback are welcome to join.

GALE SIG Annual General Meeting #835


Tue, Nov 17, 19:15-20:00 JST | Zoom 4

This is the Annual General Meeting of the Gender Awareness in Language Education (GALE) SIG. All members and prospective members interested in gender issues and awareness are welcome!

Vocabulary SIG Forum and Annual General Meeting #299


Tue, Nov 17, 20:00-21:30 JST | Zoom 22

This event will showcase presentations which were originally intended for SIG events cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis and the novel coronavirus. Imogen Custance and Clint Denison will discuss student-created, field-specific word lists. Louis Lafleur will discuss the indirect spaced repetition concept. Finally, Tomoko Ishii will discuss learners’ knowledge of parts of speech and the relationship to vocabulary knowledge. Presentations will be followed by the SIG's annual general meeting at 9PM.

JALT Research Grants: How to Succeed in Applying #547


Wed, Nov 18, 19:15-20:15 JST | Zoom 1

In this forum, participants will learn about the JALT Research Grants and other grant opportunities available through JALT. Presenters will describe the goals, requirements, and schedules of the JALT Research Grants, which are limited to JALT members who have no other outside research funding. Information will be provided about other grants from JALT SIGs and chapters. Participants will be able to ask questions, discuss requirements, share individual research ideas, and receive guidance about application procedures.

MW SIG Annual General Meeting #836


Wed, Nov 18, 20:45-21:30 JST | Zoom 3

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.

Pragmatics SIG Annual General Meeting #830


Thu, Nov 19, 17:15-18:00 JST | Zoom 3

Pragmatics SIG holds elections and provides reports to members.

JALT Listening SIG: Hear Us Out! #298


Thu, Nov 19, 18:00-19:00 JST | Zoom 1

This meeting introduces the development of a proposed JALT Listening SIG. The session will introduce the group members and outline the proposed aims, communication networks, quarterly newsletter, and three annual events. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and share your intent to participate once the motion for the JALT Listening SIG is officially submitted in February 2021.

ICLE SIG Annual General Meeting #834


Thu, Nov 19, 19:15-20:00 JST | Zoom 4

This is the Intercultural Communication in Language Education (ICLE) SIG’s annual general meeting. We aim to promote discussion about various approaches to teaching intercultural communication in a foreign language classroom. At this meeting, we will report on our ongoing activities and discuss plans for future activities and publications. Members and anyone interested in joining our SIG in whatever capacity is warmly invited to attend. Don’t miss the opportunity to become part of our intercultural team!

Orientation Session for JALT2020 Participants #824


Sat, Nov 21, 10:45-11:10 JST | Reception

Is this your first time attending the JALT International Conference? Or is it your first online event? Do you have questions about our conference? If so, please consider attending this orientation. The purpose is to give an overview of JALT2020 and provide tips for making the most of the conference. There will be opportunities to meet members of the conference team, ask questions, find out about the resources available at JALT2020, and connect with other first-timers.

JSL SIG Annual General Meeting #826


Sat, Nov 21, 12:50-13:35 JST | Zoom 26

In this meeting, we will look back on our previous activities, discuss plans for future Japanese as a Second Language (JSL) SIG activities, publications, and elect officers for 2021. SIG members and interested people are encouraged to join.

Megumi Kawate-Mierzejewska /

Reciprocity and Growth in Communities of Practice #556


Sat, Nov 21, 12:50-13:50 JST | Zoom 21 VIP

This talk will share the findings of a study on EFL teacher associations in terms of their teacher development strategies for their members. How the associations and the members operate as a community of practice in a reciprocal relationship, how the growth of one side impacts that of the other will be highlighted. How the social capital builds through the reciprocity in the community will also be discussed.

Getting Published in JALT Publications #419


Sat, Nov 21, 12:50-13:50 JST | Zoom 20

This presentation provides clear and practical information on publishing in one of the JALT Publications journals, which include The Language Teacher, JALT Journal, and the Postconference Publication. Editors from each journal will cover their journal’s remit and submission guidelines, describe the various peer-reviewed and not peer-reviewed publication opportunities available, and answer questions. First-time authors and those wishing to publish in Japanese are especially welcome.

How to Become an IELTS/TEAP Examiner #529

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Sat, Nov 21, 14:00-14:25 JST | Zoom 11

This presentation aims to provide information on the speaking part of the IELTS/TEAP test, and on how you can become an examiner of these English proficiency tests. This year, Eiken Foundation of Japan is operating the TEAP test in 23 cities in Japan, and IELTS in 16 cities. As the number of test candidates/venues is rapidly growing every year, we are seeking new examiners all over Japan.

JALT Membership Chairs Meeting #297


Sat, Nov 21, 14:00-15:00 JST CANCELLED

This is the annual meeting for all chapter and SIG membership officers. The focus of the meeting will be to exchange ideas and information to help retain members and also increase membership in JALT. Administrative policies, procedures, and documents will be discussed as needed. All current and incoming membership officers are strongly encouraged to attend.

Keep the Beat and Pass #846


Sat, Nov 21, 14:40-15:20 JST | Video Q and A 19

Introducing “Tititoria,” a fun, engaging traditional Maori short-stick game, that activates hand-eye coordination, rhythm, beat and communication. This 40-minute session will demonstrate how to make the short sticks, play “Tititoria in pairs or groups, with various passing patterns. A brief insight in the history of Tititoria and its potential applications in classroom settings.

JALT Publicity Chairs Meeting #296


Sat, Nov 21, 16:45-17:45 JST | Zoom 20

This is a meeting for everyone involved with publicity for a JALT chapter, SIG, publication, or conference. A survey will be sent around prior to the conference to gauge attendees’ interest in various topics. We will go over what resources are available for publicity officers on the JALT site, and we’ll take questions to try to trouble-shoot any difficulties you may be experiencing.

JALT Program Chairs Meeting #839


Sat, Nov 21, 17:55-18:40 JST | Zoom 20

Program Chairs Meeting

American Chúan-Fa Self-Defense #844


Sun, Nov 22, 09:30-10:00 JST | Video Playback 22

Welcome to this fun, engaging, and safe workshop on functional self-defense, covering ways to protect yourself from common assaults before or as they happen. We will explore predator tactics, conflict communication, and K.I.S.S. self-defense problem scenarios. No prior experience required. Just bring curiosity and a smile!

Bridging Social Distances in Online Learning #276


Sun, Nov 22, 09:30-11:00 JST | Zoom 25

Supporting teachers with limited technological skills, encouraging students to participate who have anxiety or social withdrawal and generally motivating the connections and communication we take for granted, are at the forefront of online learning management skills. The quarantine situation will pass eventually, however the skills and techniques developed and discussed in this forum will continue to be essential elements of the hybrid English classroom and lifelong language learning, well into the future.

Testing and Evaluation SIG Annual General Meeting #841


Sun, Nov 22, 11:20-12:05 JST | Zoom 23

Following brief reports on SIG activities and finances for the current year and selection of next year's officers, discussion will turn to what kinds of events, presentations, or published articles would most interest current or potential members. TEVAL is interested in both traditional and alternative approaches to learner evaluation and is interested in hearing what aspects of classroom and institutional assessment are most relevant to practicing teachers. All interested professionals are invited to attend.

Jim Sick / Nathaniel Carney /

JALT Treasurers Meeting #303


Sun, Nov 22, 12:50-13:50 JST | Zoom 23

This is the annual meeting of JALT Chapter and SIG treasurers. All treasurers are encouraged to attend this online meeting. We will be covering issues related to the bookkeeping for Chapters and SIGs. A detailed agenda for the meeting will be sent to the treasurer’s mailing list shortly before the conference. Agenda: 1. Current financial status of JALT Chapters and SIGs; 2. Problems and issues with treasurer duties.

Panel Discussion and Closing Ceremony #307


Mon, Nov 23, 14:00-15:00 JST | Zoom 21 VIP

The end of the show, and we will welcome some of our plenary, featured, and invited guest speakers to offer some final words and reflections on the conference. Audience participants will be encouraged to ask questions and offer insights of their own. After the panel discussion we will here about what is to come for JALT2021!