Sessions / General

18:00 Mon

Writers’ PSG: Improving Writing for Publication #390

Mon, Nov 16, 18:00-19:00 JST

The presenters will detail the training and services currently available to JALT members through the Writers’ Peer Support Group (PSG), which pairs writers aiming for publication with volunteer peer readers. Current PSG members, those interested in becoming PSG members or more effective peer readers/reviewers, novices writing for publication, and researchers interested in peer-to-peer models would benefit from this session. Our annual general meeting follows immediately, and is open to anyone who is interested.

The presenters will detail the training and services currently available to JALT members through the Writers’ Peer Support Group (PSG), which pairs writers aiming for publication with volunteer peer readers. Current PSG members, those interested in becoming PSG members or more effective peer readers/reviewers, novices writing for publication, and researchers interested in peer-to-peer models would benefit from this session. Our annual general meeting follows immediately, and is open to anyone who is interested.

18:45 Mon

Literature in Language Teaching AGM #842

Mon, Nov 16, 18:45-19:30 JST

The Literature in Language Teaching SIG welcomes all current and potential members to the SIG AGM.

The Literature in Language Teaching SIG welcomes all current and potential members to the SIG AGM.

19:30 Mon

Playing Hookie: Out of Class Technology Usage #275

In this forum the presenters will cover several important examples of out-of-class technology usage and its effect on the language learning classroom. The topics of discussion will include informal digital device usage among Japanese high school and university students as well as the utilization of social networking sites and digital games. An overview of each topic will be presented as well as implications for practice.

In this forum the presenters will cover several important examples of out-of-class technology usage and its effect on the language learning classroom. The topics of discussion will include informal digital device usage among Japanese high school and university students as well as the utilization of social networking sites and digital games. An overview of each topic will be presented as well as implications for practice.

20:45 Mon

Virtual Field Trips: PBL Workshop Creation #402

Mon, Nov 16, 20:45-21:45 JST

Virtual field trips allow students to explore essential questions, discover answers, and deliver unique projects through PBL netquests. Savvy teachers like you create virtual field trips to shift online, with models I show to create yours so your students develop skills in accessing information from the virtual world and hone collaboration skills with other students on projects. By the end of the workshop, you will know how to create virtual field trips for your students.

Virtual field trips allow students to explore essential questions, discover answers, and deliver unique projects through PBL netquests. Savvy teachers like you create virtual field trips to shift online, with models I show to create yours so your students develop skills in accessing information from the virtual world and hone collaboration skills with other students on projects. By the end of the workshop, you will know how to create virtual field trips for your students.

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.

19:30 Tue

Adapting Can do descriptors to Remote Teaching #405

Can do descriptors are an important tool to make learning outcome transparent to learners and stakeholders. The extended version of the CEFR, the CEFR Companion Volume (Council of Europe 2018), offers Can do descriptors for telecommunication. This workshop will examine a range of related descriptors, discuss their applicability, including an online oral assessment using CEFR as a rubric base, and give hints to adapt the descriptors to various contexts of emergency remote teaching and learning.

Can do descriptors are an important tool to make learning outcome transparent to learners and stakeholders. The extended version of the CEFR, the CEFR Companion Volume (Council of Europe 2018), offers Can do descriptors for telecommunication. This workshop will examine a range of related descriptors, discuss their applicability, including an online oral assessment using CEFR as a rubric base, and give hints to adapt the descriptors to various contexts of emergency remote teaching and learning.

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.

17:30 Wed

JALT Domestic Affairs Committee Roundtable #819

Wed, Nov 18, 17:30-18:45 JST

The DAC Forum will introduce and update attendees about JALT’s Domestic Partners. The roundtable discussion will focus on challenges, and solutions, regarding classroom instruction, management, and activities throughout Japan at all education levels as part of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone interested in discussing the ongoing domestic issues regarding these topics is encouraged to attend.

The DAC Forum will introduce and update attendees about JALT’s Domestic Partners. The roundtable discussion will focus on challenges, and solutions, regarding classroom instruction, management, and activities throughout Japan at all education levels as part of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone interested in discussing the ongoing domestic issues regarding these topics is encouraged to attend.

18:00 Wed

Raising Awareness Through Discussion #818

Wed, Nov 18, 18:00-19:15 JST

The Code of Conduct (CoC) and Diversity and Equity Practices (DEP) Committees aim to broaden JALT’s appeal to a wider community of participants. They will host a roundtable where participants are invited to share experiences in topics including native-speakerism in Japanese ELT; professional development assistance for working mothers and single parents; enhancing solidarity among teachers across employment, gender, and ethnicity; and developing effective classroom activities to teach issues within the contexts of diversity and conduct.

The Code of Conduct (CoC) and Diversity and Equity Practices (DEP) Committees aim to broaden JALT’s appeal to a wider community of participants. They will host a roundtable where participants are invited to share experiences in topics including native-speakerism in Japanese ELT; professional development assistance for working mothers and single parents; enhancing solidarity among teachers across employment, gender, and ethnicity; and developing effective classroom activities to teach issues within the contexts of diversity and conduct.

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.

18:15 Thu

Business Communication SIG AGM #829

Thu, Nov 19, 18:15-19:00 JST

The Business Communication SIG will provide membership, treasury, program and publication reports and hold an election for officer roles. This is a period of transition for the SIG, but we have built a stable platform and legacy from which to take the SIG forward, so please come along to listen, offer your opinions and help to create a new vision for the future!

The Business Communication SIG will provide membership, treasury, program and publication reports and hold an election for officer roles. This is a period of transition for the SIG, but we have built a stable platform and legacy from which to take the SIG forward, so please come along to listen, offer your opinions and help to create a new vision for the future!

10:45 Fri

SOFLA-Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach #404

Best practices in online teaching should include the eight steps of the Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach (SOFLA), a distance learning model which most closely replicates actual classroom teaching. SOFLA includes structured, interactive, multimodal activities, both asynchronous and synchronous, that create fertile spaces for teaching and learning online. Participants will learn how to implement each step, and will receive digital resources to guide them in using SOFLA.

Best practices in online teaching should include the eight steps of the Synchronous Online Flipped Learning Approach (SOFLA), a distance learning model which most closely replicates actual classroom teaching. SOFLA includes structured, interactive, multimodal activities, both asynchronous and synchronous, that create fertile spaces for teaching and learning online. Participants will learn how to implement each step, and will receive digital resources to guide them in using SOFLA.

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.

18:15 Fri

TLC From LD: Transformational Learning Communities #267

Fri, Nov 20, 18:15-19:45 JST

In this forum, a range of interactive presentations will critically explore the theme of transformative learning communities (TLCs), based on theories of transformative learning where learners reach fundamental shifts in their worldviews and actions through reflection. Presenters will focus on distinct groups of learners (high school students, university students, teachers, teacher trainees, and practitioner-researchers), with forum participants invited to discuss and later share their reflections about TLCs in Learning Learning, the Learner Development SIG's newsletter.

In this forum, a range of interactive presentations will critically explore the theme of transformative learning communities (TLCs), based on theories of transformative learning where learners reach fundamental shifts in their worldviews and actions through reflection. Presenters will focus on distinct groups of learners (high school students, university students, teachers, teacher trainees, and practitioner-researchers), with forum participants invited to discuss and later share their reflections about TLCs in Learning Learning, the Learner Development SIG's newsletter.

19:05 Fri

Pan-Asian Consortium Meeting #300

Fri, Nov 20, 19:05-20:05 JST

This meeting is for representatives of the Pan-Asian Consortium (PAC) organizations: English Teachers’ Association of the Republic of China (ETA-ROC), Far Eastern English Language Teachers’ Association (FEELTA), Korea TESOL (KOTESOL), Philippine Association for Language Teaching (PALT), Thailand TESOL, and Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT). PAC members will share ideas and seek ways to collaborate in order to improve language education in Asia.

This meeting is for representatives of the Pan-Asian Consortium (PAC) organizations: English Teachers’ Association of the Republic of China (ETA-ROC), Far Eastern English Language Teachers’ Association (FEELTA), Korea TESOL (KOTESOL), Philippine Association for Language Teaching (PALT), Thailand TESOL, and Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT). PAC members will share ideas and seek ways to collaborate in order to improve language education in Asia.

20:00 Fri

Learner Development SIG Annual General Meeting #833

Fri, Nov 20, 20:00-20:45 JST

This is going to be the AGM of Learner Development SIG in 2020. At the AGM, we will look through the 2020 Learner Development SIG Committee Review, and treasurer’s report for 2019-2020 and draft budget for 2021. Also, we will discuss and plan our SIG activities for 2021.

This is going to be the AGM of Learner Development SIG in 2020. At the AGM, we will look through the 2020 Learner Development SIG Committee Review, and treasurer’s report for 2019-2020 and draft budget for 2021. Also, we will discuss and plan our SIG activities for 2021.

10:45 Sat

Policy Perspective: Special Needs Education in EFL #538

The number of students with special educational needs (SEN) in Japan is rising in both primary and secondary contexts (Isogai, 2017), and in institutes of higher education (JASSO, 2019). In recent years, different special education policies have been aimed at these different levels of education. To improve English language teacher efficacy with respect to students with SEN, this presentation will examine various special education policies as they intersect with English language education policy across contexts.

The number of students with special educational needs (SEN) in Japan is rising in both primary and secondary contexts (Isogai, 2017), and in institutes of higher education (JASSO, 2019). In recent years, different special education policies have been aimed at these different levels of education. To improve English language teacher efficacy with respect to students with SEN, this presentation will examine various special education policies as they intersect with English language education policy across contexts.

10:45 Sat

A Paired-Skill Approach to CBI #549

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

Content-based instruction has gained popularity in the last few decades as a way to prepare students for English academic environments while building their communication skills. A paired-skill approach to this type of material builds both input and output skills, ensuring that students’ language development is well balanced. In this session, we’ll explore the benefits and challenges of content-based instruction and how to help students build up their language skills step-by-step.

Content-based instruction has gained popularity in the last few decades as a way to prepare students for English academic environments while building their communication skills. A paired-skill approach to this type of material builds both input and output skills, ensuring that students’ language development is well balanced. In this session, we’ll explore the benefits and challenges of content-based instruction and how to help students build up their language skills step-by-step.

10:45 Sat

Creating Interactive Slide Presentation #398

With the sudden rush to move classes online, many teachers have to adapt to presenting content in new ways. This presentation will look at some freemium tools, such as Nearpod and Peardeck, that help teachers create interactive slide presentations that enhance learning and students engagement. Teachers will learn how to create, design and deploy interactive slide presentations both synchronously and asynchronously.

With the sudden rush to move classes online, many teachers have to adapt to presenting content in new ways. This presentation will look at some freemium tools, such as Nearpod and Peardeck, that help teachers create interactive slide presentations that enhance learning and students engagement. Teachers will learn how to create, design and deploy interactive slide presentations both synchronously and asynchronously.

10:45 Sat

Waseda University GSS #284

Sat, Nov 21, 10:45-12:00 JST

This is the GSS for Waseda University

This is the GSS for Waseda University

10:45 Sat

Akita International University GSS #283

Sat, Nov 21, 10:45-12:15 JST

This is the GSS for Akita International University

This is the GSS for Akita International University

10:45 Sat

Yanny or Laurel?: Proficiency and Perception #341

A certain ambiguous audio clip is perceived as “Laurel” by some listeners and as “Yanny” by others. For Japanese learners of English, could language proficiency be a factor affecting which word they hear? This poster shows the results of a study demonstrating that higher-proficiency Japanese learners of English are more likely to hear the phonetically-challenging “Laurel” than low-proficiency learners are.

A certain ambiguous audio clip is perceived as “Laurel” by some listeners and as “Yanny” by others. For Japanese learners of English, could language proficiency be a factor affecting which word they hear? This poster shows the results of a study demonstrating that higher-proficiency Japanese learners of English are more likely to hear the phonetically-challenging “Laurel” than low-proficiency learners are.

11:20 Sat

Peer Review in ELT: Inclusivity or Exclusivity? #671

In an age of misinformation, “fake news,” and “alternative facts,” peer review aims to empower people to “filter the noise” and identify legitimate scholarship, but does it also inadvertently impede the publication of quality research? This presenter will describe her successes and challenges during four peer review processes in the field of ELT. Her conflicting experiences raise questions about the extent to which peer review facilitates inclusivity in the professional community of ELT scholarship.

In an age of misinformation, “fake news,” and “alternative facts,” peer review aims to empower people to “filter the noise” and identify legitimate scholarship, but does it also inadvertently impede the publication of quality research? This presenter will describe her successes and challenges during four peer review processes in the field of ELT. Her conflicting experiences raise questions about the extent to which peer review facilitates inclusivity in the professional community of ELT scholarship.

11:20 Sat

Union Women in a Community of Practice #748

Teachers’ unions have yet to achieve gender parity. This gap widens further in the leadership. Therefore, unions should encourage women to participate in union activities. Lave and Wenger’s (1991) community of practice (CoP) framework is one way of explaining how female foreign language teachers participate in their union. Newcomers become more experienced and become core members. In this presentation, I will share preliminary data on how women participate in their CoP in their labor union.

Teachers’ unions have yet to achieve gender parity. This gap widens further in the leadership. Therefore, unions should encourage women to participate in union activities. Lave and Wenger’s (1991) community of practice (CoP) framework is one way of explaining how female foreign language teachers participate in their union. Newcomers become more experienced and become core members. In this presentation, I will share preliminary data on how women participate in their CoP in their labor union.

11:20 Sat

Easy and Kind Communication: Bridging the Gap #359

This session will present the core theories behind Easy & Kind Communication (or Yasashii Communication) and how it can bridge the divide between language learners. Native speakers - whether they lead a classroom or work in an office - have an important role to play in making communication successful. Learn how communicating in an easy & kind way can benefit you and everyone in your organization.

This session will present the core theories behind Easy & Kind Communication (or Yasashii Communication) and how it can bridge the divide between language learners. Native speakers - whether they lead a classroom or work in an office - have an important role to play in making communication successful. Learn how communicating in an easy & kind way can benefit you and everyone in your organization.

11:55 Sat

Nonnative Teachers’ Cognition: A Duoethnography #595

This presentation explores how cognition and teaching context shape the mental lives of nonnative English teachers in Japan. Duoethnographic perspectives highlight the analysis of semi-structured conversations on three main themes: academic diaspora, lived experiences, and native speakerism in the workplace. This presentation aims to be a springboard for future directions that could help uplift the collective reputation of nonnative English teachers and promote educational equity.

This presentation explores how cognition and teaching context shape the mental lives of nonnative English teachers in Japan. Duoethnographic perspectives highlight the analysis of semi-structured conversations on three main themes: academic diaspora, lived experiences, and native speakerism in the workplace. This presentation aims to be a springboard for future directions that could help uplift the collective reputation of nonnative English teachers and promote educational equity.

11:55 Sat

Fostering L2 Motivation via Learner Collaboration #660

In this presentation, participants will gain insights into how L2 learner motivation can be fostered through the use of group work and project-based curricula. The presenters discuss project-based approaches from two contexts - young learner and university - demonstrating how project work is being used to motivate learners to develop their language skills. Participants will see examples of collaborative projects from these contexts and be better able to deliver collaborative projects in their own contexts.

In this presentation, participants will gain insights into how L2 learner motivation can be fostered through the use of group work and project-based curricula. The presenters discuss project-based approaches from two contexts - young learner and university - demonstrating how project work is being used to motivate learners to develop their language skills. Participants will see examples of collaborative projects from these contexts and be better able to deliver collaborative projects in their own contexts.

11:55 Sat

Getting Started in Materials Development #442

As teaching professionals, we are all familiar with teaching materials provided by coursebooks and workbooks. However, in many cases, the best materials are the ones designed by the teacher themselves. This practical workshop encourages teachers to rethink their materials design process. Aided by a materials design framework, participants will collaborate on producing materials for specific teaching contexts. By attending, participants will gain insights into how to strategically develop materials for use within their own classrooms.

As teaching professionals, we are all familiar with teaching materials provided by coursebooks and workbooks. However, in many cases, the best materials are the ones designed by the teacher themselves. This practical workshop encourages teachers to rethink their materials design process. Aided by a materials design framework, participants will collaborate on producing materials for specific teaching contexts. By attending, participants will gain insights into how to strategically develop materials for use within their own classrooms.

11:55 Sat

Global English Ideologies and Communities #741

The continued proliferation of English worldwide has seen it permeate many aspects of local media and pop culture, resulting in a vibrant global community constructed through multiple local voices. This study reports on interviews with Korean participants that highlight the need for more nuanced understanding of how English learners are enacting themselves in the contemporary cosmopolitan world, which can lead to a broader more dynamic perspective on a global community.

The continued proliferation of English worldwide has seen it permeate many aspects of local media and pop culture, resulting in a vibrant global community constructed through multiple local voices. This study reports on interviews with Korean participants that highlight the need for more nuanced understanding of how English learners are enacting themselves in the contemporary cosmopolitan world, which can lead to a broader more dynamic perspective on a global community.

11:55 Sat

Mental Models for Language Teachers and Learners #499

Sat, Nov 21, 11:55-12:20 JST

Mental models are simplified frameworks and metaphors that help us to make sense of and navigate through the world around us. In this session, the speaker will introduce a number of models that he feels have particular relevance to the field of language education. He will explain how they have affected his own thinking, and he will examine what insights each model can give us into the challenges of language teaching and learning in general.

Mental models are simplified frameworks and metaphors that help us to make sense of and navigate through the world around us. In this session, the speaker will introduce a number of models that he feels have particular relevance to the field of language education. He will explain how they have affected his own thinking, and he will examine what insights each model can give us into the challenges of language teaching and learning in general.

12:50 Sat

Macquarie University GSS #285

Sat, Nov 21, 12:50-14:50 JST

This is the GSS for Macquarie University

This is the GSS for Macquarie University

12:50 Sat

Gakushuin University GSS #286

Sat, Nov 21, 12:50-14:50 JST

This is GSS for Gakushuin University

This is GSS for Gakushuin University

13:25 Sat

Latest Information on the TOEFL Test #779

TOEFL®テストは米国ETSが1964年に運用開始以降、世界中で3500万人が受験した、もっとも実績あるアカデミックテストです。本年は新型コロナウイルス感染の広がる中、TOEFL®テストは従来の形式を超えた様々な取り組みを行いました。活用状況等を含め、TOEFL®テストの最新情報をご紹介します。

TOEFL®テストは米国ETSが1964年に運用開始以降、世界中で3500万人が受験した、もっとも実績あるアカデミックテストです。本年は新型コロナウイルス感染の広がる中、TOEFL®テストは従来の形式を超えた様々な取り組みを行いました。活用状況等を含め、TOEFL®テストの最新情報をご紹介します。

13:25 Sat

Expanding Accessibility in Learning Communities #256

Learning communities are becoming important as learner needs become more diverse. Learners with disabilities are one example where learning communities are underrepresented. The 2016 Act for Eliminating Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities reemphasizes learning capacity for those with special needs. This change raises the question: how can learning communities be formed to expand accessibility to language learning? This session will engage in discussions regarding learning and professional communities, diversity and accessibility in language learning.

Learning communities are becoming important as learner needs become more diverse. Learners with disabilities are one example where learning communities are underrepresented. The 2016 Act for Eliminating Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities reemphasizes learning capacity for those with special needs. This change raises the question: how can learning communities be formed to expand accessibility to language learning? This session will engage in discussions regarding learning and professional communities, diversity and accessibility in language learning.

13:25 Sat

International Forum #281

The International Forum offers an excellent opportunity to learn from panelists who represent JALT’s international partner organizations. The panelists will share their educational experiences and diverse perspectives in relation to one or both of this year’s conference themes: “Communities of Teachers and Learners” and “Emergency Remote Teaching and Learning.” This forum provides participants with the chance to interact and exchange ideas with experts from a wide range of educational contexts from different countries.

The International Forum offers an excellent opportunity to learn from panelists who represent JALT’s international partner organizations. The panelists will share their educational experiences and diverse perspectives in relation to one or both of this year’s conference themes: “Communities of Teachers and Learners” and “Emergency Remote Teaching and Learning.” This forum provides participants with the chance to interact and exchange ideas with experts from a wide range of educational contexts from different countries.

13:25 Sat

How Can Teachers Escape Their “Egg Cartons”? #329

EFL teachers require sustained collegial learning that is relevant to what goes on inside their classrooms. This presentation will highlight 10 21st century professional development (PD) strategies. The researchers will discuss the data that emerged from an intensive three-day PD workshop for in-service English teachers (n=17) and a follow-up online questionnaire. This data helped the research team establish a professional learning network (PLN) for Japanese secondary school EFL educators that supports organic and collegial learning.

EFL teachers require sustained collegial learning that is relevant to what goes on inside their classrooms. This presentation will highlight 10 21st century professional development (PD) strategies. The researchers will discuss the data that emerged from an intensive three-day PD workshop for in-service English teachers (n=17) and a follow-up online questionnaire. This data helped the research team establish a professional learning network (PLN) for Japanese secondary school EFL educators that supports organic and collegial learning.

13:25 Sat

Evaluating Online Vocabulary Tools #331

This paper reports on a blended learning evaluation of English vocabulary systems (Gruba et al., 2016) at a midsize Japanese university as part of an Assurance of Learning (AOL) initiative. Methods include meso-level evidence gathering and micro-level comparison between two English classes—one using English Central and one Word Engine. The results include emerging categories for comparison and how some of these programs compare side-by-side.

This paper reports on a blended learning evaluation of English vocabulary systems (Gruba et al., 2016) at a midsize Japanese university as part of an Assurance of Learning (AOL) initiative. Methods include meso-level evidence gathering and micro-level comparison between two English classes—one using English Central and one Word Engine. The results include emerging categories for comparison and how some of these programs compare side-by-side.

13:25 Sat

Duoethnography: Research, Reflection, and Practice #253

Duoethnography is a qualitative research method in which two researchers use their life histories as a lens through which to study a given topic. In this forum, the presenters will first introduce the research method, and then provide examples of projects carried out using duoethnography based on chapters from a recently published book. The presentations will explore duoethnography as a research method, a vehicle for reflection, and as a form of project-based learning.

Duoethnography is a qualitative research method in which two researchers use their life histories as a lens through which to study a given topic. In this forum, the presenters will first introduce the research method, and then provide examples of projects carried out using duoethnography based on chapters from a recently published book. The presentations will explore duoethnography as a research method, a vehicle for reflection, and as a form of project-based learning.

14:00 Sat

Cognitive Influence of Food and Taste Terminology #560

The presenter will examine the cross-linguistic influence of food and taste related language and how it influences cognition and language learning. The presentation will examine ideophones, conceptual metaphor, and a comparison of schematic mental associations within the domain of food and taste between Japanese English learners and native English speakers. The presentation will also present evidence from a study to support the claim that language influences cognition.

The presenter will examine the cross-linguistic influence of food and taste related language and how it influences cognition and language learning. The presentation will examine ideophones, conceptual metaphor, and a comparison of schematic mental associations within the domain of food and taste between Japanese English learners and native English speakers. The presentation will also present evidence from a study to support the claim that language influences cognition.

14:00 Sat

Negotiating Face or Politeness in Aviation English #667

This study explores the pragmatics of aviation english (AE) used between pilots and air traffic controllers in radiotelephony communications. AE is composed of a combination of highly prescribed aviation phraseology and plain English for non-routine situations. Although politeness is often considered superfluous in AE, negotiation of face and (im)politeness emerges especially when using plain English. Based on the findings, we offer suggestions for interactional training and testing for native and nonnative English-speaking aviators.

This study explores the pragmatics of aviation english (AE) used between pilots and air traffic controllers in radiotelephony communications. AE is composed of a combination of highly prescribed aviation phraseology and plain English for non-routine situations. Although politeness is often considered superfluous in AE, negotiation of face and (im)politeness emerges especially when using plain English. Based on the findings, we offer suggestions for interactional training and testing for native and nonnative English-speaking aviators.

14:00 Sat

Suggestions for Language Teacher Education #430

Sat, Nov 21, 14:00-14:25 JST

To grow, teachers and teacher educators need to engage in mentoring conversations and foster meaningful relationships. In this workshop, we will introduce a process in which, in conversation, we reached a shared and collaborative understanding of key elements in language teacher education. One suggestion born out of the conversation, for example, is that we teachers attend to minute details in changes to practice in our classrooms. We welcome other suggestions from the participants.

To grow, teachers and teacher educators need to engage in mentoring conversations and foster meaningful relationships. In this workshop, we will introduce a process in which, in conversation, we reached a shared and collaborative understanding of key elements in language teacher education. One suggestion born out of the conversation, for example, is that we teachers attend to minute details in changes to practice in our classrooms. We welcome other suggestions from the participants.

14:00 Sat

Teaching Digitally and Remotely Feedback of 2020 #385

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

This practical session will consider the remote and virtual teaching that has been imposed on us this year from the point of view of teaching tools and materials. The functionality of and access to, content needs to be in place for a successful class and this workshop-style consultative session, will practically share valuable feedback from the delegates and presenters, so everyone leaves with actual practical ideas to implement immediately.

This practical session will consider the remote and virtual teaching that has been imposed on us this year from the point of view of teaching tools and materials. The functionality of and access to, content needs to be in place for a successful class and this workshop-style consultative session, will practically share valuable feedback from the delegates and presenters, so everyone leaves with actual practical ideas to implement immediately.

14:00 Sat

Introductory Workshop on Q-Methodology #420

Q-methodology is an underused research method to identify subjective views within a community about a particular topic. It includes both elements of quantitative and qualitative techniques to investigate people’s opinions without breaking them into a limited number of variables. In this workshop, I will give an overview of the method, take the audience through the basic steps, and consider its application. The workshop will include hands-on experiences and information on various software applications.

Q-methodology is an underused research method to identify subjective views within a community about a particular topic. It includes both elements of quantitative and qualitative techniques to investigate people’s opinions without breaking them into a limited number of variables. In this workshop, I will give an overview of the method, take the audience through the basic steps, and consider its application. The workshop will include hands-on experiences and information on various software applications.

14:35 Sat

Principles for Classroom Assessment #479

In this presentation we first consider the role of assessment in the context of an educational curriculum. We then consider principles that can guide classroom assessment, including assessing learners in ways that achieve greater fairness, using assessment results to guide future learning, involving learners in the assessment process, and relating assessment to student motivation. Finally, we provide an example of how the principles can be applied to a second language university reading course.

In this presentation we first consider the role of assessment in the context of an educational curriculum. We then consider principles that can guide classroom assessment, including assessing learners in ways that achieve greater fairness, using assessment results to guide future learning, involving learners in the assessment process, and relating assessment to student motivation. Finally, we provide an example of how the principles can be applied to a second language university reading course.

14:35 Sat

More Than What Meets the Eye: Vision and Language #484

Sat, Nov 21, 14:35-15:00 JST

3D vision has huge potential for language education. The presenters will demonstrate several prototypical applications through stereoscopic devices: (1) text glossing in a 3D space behind the main text, (2) presentation of text in two languages to each of the reader’s eyes simultaneously, exploiting the phenomenon of Binocular Rivalry (BR), and (3) scrambling (words with character inversions/permutations). The audience can experience all 3 phenomena in this workshop and discuss their potential for language education.

3D vision has huge potential for language education. The presenters will demonstrate several prototypical applications through stereoscopic devices: (1) text glossing in a 3D space behind the main text, (2) presentation of text in two languages to each of the reader’s eyes simultaneously, exploiting the phenomenon of Binocular Rivalry (BR), and (3) scrambling (words with character inversions/permutations). The audience can experience all 3 phenomena in this workshop and discuss their potential for language education.

15:30 Sat

My Twenty-Five Year Lunch #310

Sat, Nov 21, 15:30-16:30 JST

Looking back at a quarter of a century as a teacher, author, publisher, and study abroad coordinator, the presenter will consider what he learned about teaching and learning along the way. He will look at certain significant events and incidents that suggest ways in which Japanese students and teachers in Japan might be served better.

Looking back at a quarter of a century as a teacher, author, publisher, and study abroad coordinator, the presenter will consider what he learned about teaching and learning along the way. He will look at certain significant events and incidents that suggest ways in which Japanese students and teachers in Japan might be served better.

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.

16:45 Sat

IELTS Writing Task 1: Handling a 2-Diagram Task #413

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

For some test takers IELTS Academic Writing Task 1, describing data, is an unfamiliar exercise. Some of us are slightly uncomfortable with graphs and charts, so tasks that have 2 diagrams can be challenging. In this workshop we will work through some activities designed to help test takers develop techniques to deal with this task type.

For some test takers IELTS Academic Writing Task 1, describing data, is an unfamiliar exercise. Some of us are slightly uncomfortable with graphs and charts, so tasks that have 2 diagrams can be challenging. In this workshop we will work through some activities designed to help test takers develop techniques to deal with this task type.

16:45 Sat

Literary Texts: Access, Activity, and Awareness #248

This workshop will illustrate an Access, Activity, and Awareness methodology (Jones & Carter, 2012) and show how we can apply this method to any piece of literature. This interactive workshop will demonstrate that literary texts are rich in both spoken and written language by asking participants to work directly with a range of sample texts. It will also show that such texts can develop student engagement and language awareness at different levels and age groups.

This workshop will illustrate an Access, Activity, and Awareness methodology (Jones & Carter, 2012) and show how we can apply this method to any piece of literature. This interactive workshop will demonstrate that literary texts are rich in both spoken and written language by asking participants to work directly with a range of sample texts. It will also show that such texts can develop student engagement and language awareness at different levels and age groups.

16:45 Sat

Soka University GSS #288

Sat, Nov 21, 16:45-18:15 JST

This is the GSS for Soka University

This is the GSS for Soka University

16:45 Sat

A Conversation Analysis of Courtroom Interaction #314

This conversation analysis study aims to explore the politeness and impoliteness strategies applied by participants in a reality TV courtroom. The results show that positive impoliteness and positive politeness strategies are used more frequently than other strategies, indicating that the participants are likely to attack or save another’s positive face. Findings indicate that power dynamics among participants influences how and when they apply impoliteness strategies.

This conversation analysis study aims to explore the politeness and impoliteness strategies applied by participants in a reality TV courtroom. The results show that positive impoliteness and positive politeness strategies are used more frequently than other strategies, indicating that the participants are likely to attack or save another’s positive face. Findings indicate that power dynamics among participants influences how and when they apply impoliteness strategies.

16:45 Sat

Telling Stories That Bind and Inspire #326

The ability to create compelling narratives that inspire and promote cooperation is the most powerful tool humans possess. How can we apply a narrative structure effectively to language learning? Everyone has a story to tell. Presenters will demonstrate how simple, concrete, original, relatable and comprehensible narratives, critical incidents, or experiences can be easily constructed and shared to help learners develop a deeper understanding of the more abstract and ambiguous aspects of language, culture, and communication.

The ability to create compelling narratives that inspire and promote cooperation is the most powerful tool humans possess. How can we apply a narrative structure effectively to language learning? Everyone has a story to tell. Presenters will demonstrate how simple, concrete, original, relatable and comprehensible narratives, critical incidents, or experiences can be easily constructed and shared to help learners develop a deeper understanding of the more abstract and ambiguous aspects of language, culture, and communication.

16:45 Sat

Learnability of Japanese Case Particle ‘Wo’ #340

Is inter-language shaped by universal properties of language? If so, what is the role of the L1 or of input? This study explores these questions by looking at how learners of Japanese use case particle ‘wo’, which marks the patient of transitive verbs, through two surveys - one targeting Hindi speakers and a second targeting Persian speakers of beginner to upper intermediate levels.

Is inter-language shaped by universal properties of language? If so, what is the role of the L1 or of input? This study explores these questions by looking at how learners of Japanese use case particle ‘wo’, which marks the patient of transitive verbs, through two surveys - one targeting Hindi speakers and a second targeting Persian speakers of beginner to upper intermediate levels.

16:45 Sat

Supporting Students With Dyslexia on English Tests #351

This poster shares a case of reasonable accommodation for a student with dyslexia on a standardized English proficiency test to discuss some problems and solutions. The student took the test using some technologies such as a tablet PC with screen reader software and noise-canceling headphones. Although this accommodation enabled measurement of her real ability in listening and reading, there were still serious problems that other English tests can also include.

This poster shares a case of reasonable accommodation for a student with dyslexia on a standardized English proficiency test to discuss some problems and solutions. The student took the test using some technologies such as a tablet PC with screen reader software and noise-canceling headphones. Although this accommodation enabled measurement of her real ability in listening and reading, there were still serious problems that other English tests can also include.

16:45 Sat

Neurodiversity, Studying, and Teaching Language #355

Neurodiversities. What are they and how do they affect performance in the language classroom? This poster will look at the impact of ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, color issues and how they affect learning for nearly 12.6 million people in Japan. Come and learn the facts and how to help students who appear to be struggling in mainstream classrooms. The poster will cover what clues to look for and where to find publicly-available resources.

Neurodiversities. What are they and how do they affect performance in the language classroom? This poster will look at the impact of ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, color issues and how they affect learning for nearly 12.6 million people in Japan. Come and learn the facts and how to help students who appear to be struggling in mainstream classrooms. The poster will cover what clues to look for and where to find publicly-available resources.

16:45 Sat

Macquarie University GSS #287

Sat, Nov 21, 16:45-18:45 JST

This is the GSS for Macquarie University

This is the GSS for Macquarie University

17:20 Sat

Surefire Tips to Boost Speaking Confidence #444

Can you almost hear the crickets chirping in a supposedly lively English-speaking class? Help students boost their speaking confidence through these teaching tips! Learn how to turn a quiet speaking class into an interactive one. In this workshop, the participants will be presented effective ways to achieve a successful speaking class by using simple methods that centralize on building the learners’ self-esteem and enthusiasm.

Can you almost hear the crickets chirping in a supposedly lively English-speaking class? Help students boost their speaking confidence through these teaching tips! Learn how to turn a quiet speaking class into an interactive one. In this workshop, the participants will be presented effective ways to achieve a successful speaking class by using simple methods that centralize on building the learners’ self-esteem and enthusiasm.

17:20 Sat

Cuisenaire Rods: A Powerful Tool for the Classroom #357

Sat, Nov 21, 17:20-18:20 JST

The Cuisenaire rods are colored rods between one and ten cm long. They are excellent tools for classroom use. Rods can represent people, buildings, streets, cars, etc., as well as grammar structures like clauses in a sentence. Standing a blue rod beside a green one, for example, we can elicit, “Mr. Blue is taller than Mr. Green.” I’ll share several different ways to use the rods and explain why they are effective for language learning.

The Cuisenaire rods are colored rods between one and ten cm long. They are excellent tools for classroom use. Rods can represent people, buildings, streets, cars, etc., as well as grammar structures like clauses in a sentence. Standing a blue rod beside a green one, for example, we can elicit, “Mr. Blue is taller than Mr. Green.” I’ll share several different ways to use the rods and explain why they are effective for language learning.

17:55 Sat

Emergency Remote FLT: Findings From a Global Study #803

We present the results from a global study (1,500+ participants, 102 countries) of teachers and learners coping with the transition to emergency remote instruction. Looking at circumstances, behaviours, attitudes and psychological traits, we identify a positive-valence giant component of beliefs, attitudes and behaviours associated with self-regulation/leadership-organisation potential, engagement/openness, positive orientation, and social skills/contacts, and a negative periphery concerning family relationships, future expectations, and remote instruction-related experiences and perspectives on students’ coping.

We present the results from a global study (1,500+ participants, 102 countries) of teachers and learners coping with the transition to emergency remote instruction. Looking at circumstances, behaviours, attitudes and psychological traits, we identify a positive-valence giant component of beliefs, attitudes and behaviours associated with self-regulation/leadership-organisation potential, engagement/openness, positive orientation, and social skills/contacts, and a negative periphery concerning family relationships, future expectations, and remote instruction-related experiences and perspectives on students’ coping.

17:55 Sat

Eye-Tracking Study on Roles of Corrective Feedback #732

Sat, Nov 21, 17:55-18:20 JST

The objective of the current pilot study is to explore Japanese EFL college students’ cognitive processes caused by written recast and prompt. While receiving either written recast or prompt on cartoon-cued written tasks, participants’ eye-movements were recorded using an eye-tracker. Also, their thoughts during the tasks were documented through stimulated recall. The analysis demonstrated that different ways of attentional distributions and processes were caused by recast and prompt in the course of written interactions.

The objective of the current pilot study is to explore Japanese EFL college students’ cognitive processes caused by written recast and prompt. While receiving either written recast or prompt on cartoon-cued written tasks, participants’ eye-movements were recorded using an eye-tracker. Also, their thoughts during the tasks were documented through stimulated recall. The analysis demonstrated that different ways of attentional distributions and processes were caused by recast and prompt in the course of written interactions.

17:55 Sat

Perspectives on English Learner Corpora #552

The presentation highlights innovative graduate research on learner corpora. The topics include: studying complexity through word class frequency; a perspective on language development as both loss and growth; considerations of what learners do not say; using a Pattern Dictionary to assess learner writing; and an influential approach to assessing correctness in learner writing. The presentation concludes with a discussion of what the learner corpus studies can contribute to the broader field of Corpus Linguistics.

The presentation highlights innovative graduate research on learner corpora. The topics include: studying complexity through word class frequency; a perspective on language development as both loss and growth; considerations of what learners do not say; using a Pattern Dictionary to assess learner writing; and an influential approach to assessing correctness in learner writing. The presentation concludes with a discussion of what the learner corpus studies can contribute to the broader field of Corpus Linguistics.

18:30 Sat

Literature as a Pedagogical Resource #674

Sat, Nov 21, 18:30-18:55 JST

Opinions have long been divided among language professionals as to the merits of literature as a pedagogical resource in a second language classroom. However, an agreement is found in their acknowledgement that research into this area is scarce. This presentation will report on a study that addressed this lack of data. It will summarize the results of research carried out to evaluate the use of a literary piece in a Japanese private high school.

Opinions have long been divided among language professionals as to the merits of literature as a pedagogical resource in a second language classroom. However, an agreement is found in their acknowledgement that research into this area is scarce. This presentation will report on a study that addressed this lack of data. It will summarize the results of research carried out to evaluate the use of a literary piece in a Japanese private high school.

18:30 Sat

Leadership Skills for Women Educators: Your Voice #691

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were a silent or non-majority participant in your school, in meetings, or other professional communities? In this presentation, we will look at approaches to leadership drawing from examples in executive presence (EP), collaborative leadership (CL), and others. Navigating our positions as women in Japanese work environments will be highlighted as we explore new leadership paths together.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were a silent or non-majority participant in your school, in meetings, or other professional communities? In this presentation, we will look at approaches to leadership drawing from examples in executive presence (EP), collaborative leadership (CL), and others. Navigating our positions as women in Japanese work environments will be highlighted as we explore new leadership paths together.

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.

09:30 Sun

Motivation and Resistance to Language Learning #540

This presentation introduces a new approach to understanding negative attitudes towards language learning. It introduces the Linguaculture Learning Profiler (LMP), which measures learner motivation on a dual axis of engagement and resistance. It is argued that psychological resistance is a normal (though not desirable) part of foreign language learning. The theoretical approach, research aims, and methodology is introduced. The instrument will be shared with participants, and pedagogical implications will be discussed.

This presentation introduces a new approach to understanding negative attitudes towards language learning. It introduces the Linguaculture Learning Profiler (LMP), which measures learner motivation on a dual axis of engagement and resistance. It is argued that psychological resistance is a normal (though not desirable) part of foreign language learning. The theoretical approach, research aims, and methodology is introduced. The instrument will be shared with participants, and pedagogical implications will be discussed.

09:30 Sun

Virtual Exchange With Google Slides #400

Would your students be interested in meeting and exchanging work with another class? In this session see how small groups of students from classes in Oregon and California used Google Slides to exchange weekly writing assignments. This project is easy to plan and maintain. The students were highly motivated and improved both their writing and computer skills. This project is student led and adaptable for students of all ages, elementary school through adults.

Would your students be interested in meeting and exchanging work with another class? In this session see how small groups of students from classes in Oregon and California used Google Slides to exchange weekly writing assignments. This project is easy to plan and maintain. The students were highly motivated and improved both their writing and computer skills. This project is student led and adaptable for students of all ages, elementary school through adults.

09:30 Sun

Moving Beyond McEnglish: Recognizing Eikaiwa as a Legitimate Professional Community #263

In this forum, former and current eikaiwa teachers come together to share and discuss their perspectives on private English conversation (eikaiwa) schools and their position within the larger professional community of Japanese ELT. In response to negative stereotypes of the eikaiwa industry prevalent in the English teaching field and society at large, the forum participants will discuss the complex nature of eikaiwa and its legitimate role within English education in Japan. This forum is sponsored by the School Owners SIG.

In this forum, former and current eikaiwa teachers come together to share and discuss their perspectives on private English conversation (eikaiwa) schools and their position within the larger professional community of Japanese ELT. In response to negative stereotypes of the eikaiwa industry prevalent in the English teaching field and society at large, the forum participants will discuss the complex nature of eikaiwa and its legitimate role within English education in Japan. This forum is sponsored by the School Owners SIG.

09:30 Sun

Temple University Japan GSS #289

Sun, Nov 22, 09:30-11:30 JST

This is the GSS for Temple University Japan

This is the GSS for Temple University Japan

09:30 Sun

Tsuda University GSS #290

Sun, Nov 22, 09:30-11:30 JST

This is the GSS for Tsuda University

This is the GSS for Tsuda University

10:05 Sun

Technology and the Less-Motivated Learner #602

One interesting aspect of technology in the classroom is the ability to help motivate learners. This presentation will explore current uses and future potential of technology-assisted language learning in the ELT classroom in the context of helping motivate learners. The presentation will offer personal observations of the use of technology in the classroom, and propose uses for Instagram, Google, Classroom Dojo, and other technological advancements in an elementary school and university context.

One interesting aspect of technology in the classroom is the ability to help motivate learners. This presentation will explore current uses and future potential of technology-assisted language learning in the ELT classroom in the context of helping motivate learners. The presentation will offer personal observations of the use of technology in the classroom, and propose uses for Instagram, Google, Classroom Dojo, and other technological advancements in an elementary school and university context.

10:05 Sun

English as an Official Corporate Language in Japan #699

This research draws on accounts from seven employees working at Japan-based companies that have adopted English as an official corporate language (EOCL), this study demonstrates the gap between the in-house language policies and the participants’ own Japanese-dominated workplace communication. The study also reports employees are nonetheless encouraged to sit for the TOEIC regularly. The study concludes by arguing that EOCL policies can operate as an ideological mechanism that drives employees to study English for self-development.

This research draws on accounts from seven employees working at Japan-based companies that have adopted English as an official corporate language (EOCL), this study demonstrates the gap between the in-house language policies and the participants’ own Japanese-dominated workplace communication. The study also reports employees are nonetheless encouraged to sit for the TOEIC regularly. The study concludes by arguing that EOCL policies can operate as an ideological mechanism that drives employees to study English for self-development.

10:05 Sun

Effective Incorporation of Facilitative Feedback #459

This presentation draws on literature review findings and aims to provide guidance regarding the successful implementation of written facilitative feedback into the writing process. However, because the review also shed light on some of the inherent weaknesses of facilitative feedback, this presentation will also provide avoidance strategies for the method’s most obvious shortcomings. Hopefully, this balance will let everyone walk away with at least one new idea about their writing feedback moving forward.

This presentation draws on literature review findings and aims to provide guidance regarding the successful implementation of written facilitative feedback into the writing process. However, because the review also shed light on some of the inherent weaknesses of facilitative feedback, this presentation will also provide avoidance strategies for the method’s most obvious shortcomings. Hopefully, this balance will let everyone walk away with at least one new idea about their writing feedback moving forward.

10:05 Sun

Foreign Language Learning as EFL Teacher Training #726

This presentation examines the advantages and difficulties of EFL teachers learning beginner level French as a soft approach to teacher development. The presenters are the teacher, a student, and the class administrator. Using student questionnaires and testimonials, they highlight the students’ successes (team bonding, insights into student motivation, and practical teaching ideas), and challenges (time commitment, conflicting schedules, and frustration at the class level). Lastly, they discuss how these challenges may be addressed.

This presentation examines the advantages and difficulties of EFL teachers learning beginner level French as a soft approach to teacher development. The presenters are the teacher, a student, and the class administrator. Using student questionnaires and testimonials, they highlight the students’ successes (team bonding, insights into student motivation, and practical teaching ideas), and challenges (time commitment, conflicting schedules, and frustration at the class level). Lastly, they discuss how these challenges may be addressed.

10:05 Sun

AR to Teach Archaeology in CLIL and Other Classes #491

Three researchers, two at the university level, and one at a public high school are building a community to share Japanese archaeological artifacts and enhance their students’ learning. This workshop will go over the development of augmented reality (AR) Jomon era pottery models, where they can be accessed freely online, and the development of the classes and curriculum that were taught in English courses to help students engage not only with English, but with history.

Three researchers, two at the university level, and one at a public high school are building a community to share Japanese archaeological artifacts and enhance their students’ learning. This workshop will go over the development of augmented reality (AR) Jomon era pottery models, where they can be accessed freely online, and the development of the classes and curriculum that were taught in English courses to help students engage not only with English, but with history.

10:45 Sun

Networking Session for Educators and Researchers #825

This special networking session is being hosted by the conference team to bring together people who are interested in forging new links with other educators and researchers. We would like to help our Japan-based and internationally-based attendees have an opportunity to connect and also want to provide opportunities for JALT2020 attendees to discuss future research projects. Why not start thinking about your proposal for JALT2021 here? Please join us!

This special networking session is being hosted by the conference team to bring together people who are interested in forging new links with other educators and researchers. We would like to help our Japan-based and internationally-based attendees have an opportunity to connect and also want to provide opportunities for JALT2020 attendees to discuss future research projects. Why not start thinking about your proposal for JALT2021 here? Please join us!

10:45 Sun

Collaborative Creativity in the Language Classroom #750

Sun, Nov 22, 10:45-11:10 JST

This presentation will be useful for teachers interested in promoting student creativity in their classroom. It synthesises the latest research to understand a) why creative skills have become significant in education policy internationally and in Japan, b) how we can understand creativity as a phenomenon, and c) how to promote creativity, particularly collaborative creativity, in the language classroom. It is part of an ongoing research project into the role of creativity in Japanese education.

This presentation will be useful for teachers interested in promoting student creativity in their classroom. It synthesises the latest research to understand a) why creative skills have become significant in education policy internationally and in Japan, b) how we can understand creativity as a phenomenon, and c) how to promote creativity, particularly collaborative creativity, in the language classroom. It is part of an ongoing research project into the role of creativity in Japanese education.

10:45 Sun

Strategies to Succeed as a Non-Native Speaker #361

Non-native speaker teachers need to be able market themselves better. Marcel Proust, a French novelist said, “When you work to please others you can’t succeed, but the things you do to satisfy yourself stand a chance of catching someone’s interest.” Working hard is important but simultaneously, non-native teachers need to know how to effectively invest their time. In this presentation, the presenters will explore practical ideas to help non-native teachers compete in the TESOL market.

Non-native speaker teachers need to be able market themselves better. Marcel Proust, a French novelist said, “When you work to please others you can’t succeed, but the things you do to satisfy yourself stand a chance of catching someone’s interest.” Working hard is important but simultaneously, non-native teachers need to know how to effectively invest their time. In this presentation, the presenters will explore practical ideas to help non-native teachers compete in the TESOL market.

10:45 Sun

Communicative Writing for Building Communities #318

Writing tasks can be isolating for students as the audience is often undefined or solely the teacher. Moreover, students can struggle in finding ideas they truly wish to communicate to a wider audience. By combining research on communicative language learning and group formation, attendees of this poster presentation will learn about activities that can be implemented in a wide range of language learning settings to increase writing skills and foster a sense of community.

Writing tasks can be isolating for students as the audience is often undefined or solely the teacher. Moreover, students can struggle in finding ideas they truly wish to communicate to a wider audience. By combining research on communicative language learning and group formation, attendees of this poster presentation will learn about activities that can be implemented in a wide range of language learning settings to increase writing skills and foster a sense of community.

11:20 Sun

Free Conversation: A Legitimate Use of Class Time? #436

Sun, Nov 22, 11:20-11:45 JST

The notion that interactional competence in the L2 emerges naturally once sufficient lexical/grammatical knowledge is in place was disputed by Widdowson (1978). This presentation suggests that the ability of learners to interact in the L2 requires both explicit teaching of interactional skills and also extensive opportunities for learners to engage in non-directed, phatic interactions. The presenter will outline the theoretical underpinnings of using free conversation in class time in relation to an interactional syllabus.

The notion that interactional competence in the L2 emerges naturally once sufficient lexical/grammatical knowledge is in place was disputed by Widdowson (1978). This presentation suggests that the ability of learners to interact in the L2 requires both explicit teaching of interactional skills and also extensive opportunities for learners to engage in non-directed, phatic interactions. The presenter will outline the theoretical underpinnings of using free conversation in class time in relation to an interactional syllabus.

11:20 Sun

Teacher Development Through Podcast Engagement #438

Podcasting is a tool for continuing professional development in the ELT community, with participation seen as a sustainable “teacher network” option. Drawing upon the presenters’ experiences of podcast production, as well as surveying other projects in the field, this practical session will introduce attendees to ways of engaging in podcasts for professional development purposes. The audience will have the chance to reflect on a variety of formats and discuss wider applications for podcasting in ELT.

Podcasting is a tool for continuing professional development in the ELT community, with participation seen as a sustainable “teacher network” option. Drawing upon the presenters’ experiences of podcast production, as well as surveying other projects in the field, this practical session will introduce attendees to ways of engaging in podcasts for professional development purposes. The audience will have the chance to reflect on a variety of formats and discuss wider applications for podcasting in ELT.

11:20 Sun

Community: A Living Newspaper Readers Theatre Idea #476

This workshop will first describe Living Newspaper Readers Theatre (LNRT) -- a performance of a script stitched together by selecting topically-related news articles -- will go through the steps necessary to do the activity, then the participants will create their own LNRT, practice it, and then perform it. The workshop will end with a short discussion, Q&A, and a reflection on the activity and how it relates to critical thinking and community.

This workshop will first describe Living Newspaper Readers Theatre (LNRT) -- a performance of a script stitched together by selecting topically-related news articles -- will go through the steps necessary to do the activity, then the participants will create their own LNRT, practice it, and then perform it. The workshop will end with a short discussion, Q&A, and a reflection on the activity and how it relates to critical thinking and community.

11:55 Sun

Towards Competence in English Language Teaching #780

What is effective English language teaching? What competencies do English teachers need to possess to become exemplary language teaching professionals in this digital age? The answers of these questions encompass aspects such as teachers’ proficiency, social and cultural contexts, teachers’ pedagogical skills, the role of content knowledge, community of practice, professionalism, etc. This presentation will explore the knowledge, beliefs, and skills English teachers need to possess to make their teaching exemplary.

What is effective English language teaching? What competencies do English teachers need to possess to become exemplary language teaching professionals in this digital age? The answers of these questions encompass aspects such as teachers’ proficiency, social and cultural contexts, teachers’ pedagogical skills, the role of content knowledge, community of practice, professionalism, etc. This presentation will explore the knowledge, beliefs, and skills English teachers need to possess to make their teaching exemplary.

11:55 Sun

Ritsumeikan University GSS #291

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

This is the GSS for Ritsumeikan University

This is the GSS for Ritsumeikan University

11:55 Sun

Kobe City University of Foreign Studies GSS #292

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

This is the GSS for Kobe City University of Foreign Studies

This is the GSS for Kobe City University of Foreign Studies

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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.

11:55 Sun

Critical Discourse Analysis of Job Advertisements #502

This research explores tensions arising from the internationalization of higher education through analyzing language teaching and applied linguistics job advertisements. Using discourse analysis we examine job advertisements across institutions with attention to how institutions represent themselves and the work they solicit. The current study, by examining job advertisements from Anglophone countries and Japan-based institutions in English, English and Japanese, and Japanese, clarifies similarities and differences in institutional and job position representations across national communities.

This research explores tensions arising from the internationalization of higher education through analyzing language teaching and applied linguistics job advertisements. Using discourse analysis we examine job advertisements across institutions with attention to how institutions represent themselves and the work they solicit. The current study, by examining job advertisements from Anglophone countries and Japan-based institutions in English, English and Japanese, and Japanese, clarifies similarities and differences in institutional and job position representations across national communities.

12:50 Sun

Teaching Reported Speech: Are EFL Texts Adequate? #675

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

Reported speech is a key language skill but it is often dealt with in a superficial manner in EFL textbooks or skipped altogether. This presentation reports on a survey of 220 EFL speaking textbooks’ coverage of reported speech. The survey identifies and enumerates a number of shortcomings. Participants should come away with a better understanding of the importance of reported speech, the inadequacies of textbooks, and the necessity of going beyond the textbook content.

Reported speech is a key language skill but it is often dealt with in a superficial manner in EFL textbooks or skipped altogether. This presentation reports on a survey of 220 EFL speaking textbooks’ coverage of reported speech. The survey identifies and enumerates a number of shortcomings. Participants should come away with a better understanding of the importance of reported speech, the inadequacies of textbooks, and the necessity of going beyond the textbook content.

12:50 Sun

Cultivating Classroom Community Through Small Talk #431

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

The presenter analyzes the use of brief, teacher-centered small talk over two terms to Japanese high school EFL learners. Two end of term surveys and one end of year class evaluation indicated that students appreciated these anecdotes as a tool to improve their listening skills, warm-up, learn more about their teacher, and create a comfortable classroom environment. Reflections are offered for those interested in implementing small talk in a similar style in their own classrooms.

The presenter analyzes the use of brief, teacher-centered small talk over two terms to Japanese high school EFL learners. Two end of term surveys and one end of year class evaluation indicated that students appreciated these anecdotes as a tool to improve their listening skills, warm-up, learn more about their teacher, and create a comfortable classroom environment. Reflections are offered for those interested in implementing small talk in a similar style in their own classrooms.

12:50 Sun

English Teaching for Living Together in Peace #498

The UN General-Assembly, in its resolution 72/130, declared May 16 the International Day of Living Together in Peace in 2018. Learning: the treasure within; report to UNESCO of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first Century also indicated “Learning to Live Together.” This workshop focuses on how to promote such learning through foreign language classes.

The UN General-Assembly, in its resolution 72/130, declared May 16 the International Day of Living Together in Peace in 2018. Learning: the treasure within; report to UNESCO of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first Century also indicated “Learning to Live Together.” This workshop focuses on how to promote such learning through foreign language classes.

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.

12:50 Sun

WordEngine High-Frequency Vocabulary App #412

This workshop explores the features and benefits of WordEngine, an application that teaches high-frequency vocabulary for general English and special-purpose domains such as TOEFL, TOEIC, CEFR, and IELTS. Students study with smartphones, tablets, and computers, and it costs ¥215 per month. Progress reports for teachers are free, as are the exciting cooperative learning tournaments designed to motivate entire classrooms. Find out how WordEngine makes learning vocabulary simple, effective, and yes, even fun.

This workshop explores the features and benefits of WordEngine, an application that teaches high-frequency vocabulary for general English and special-purpose domains such as TOEFL, TOEIC, CEFR, and IELTS. Students study with smartphones, tablets, and computers, and it costs ¥215 per month. Progress reports for teachers are free, as are the exciting cooperative learning tournaments designed to motivate entire classrooms. Find out how WordEngine makes learning vocabulary simple, effective, and yes, even fun.

12:50 Sun

Fostering Community Through Sharing Resources #812

This roundtable exchange will provide an overview of and an opportunity to discuss some of the most common perceptions held by teachers about developing and sharing resources, examine some of the ways to overcome commonly-faced obstacles, and consider how sharing materials can help foster a sense of community among teachers.

This roundtable exchange will provide an overview of and an opportunity to discuss some of the most common perceptions held by teachers about developing and sharing resources, examine some of the ways to overcome commonly-faced obstacles, and consider how sharing materials can help foster a sense of community among teachers.

12:50 Sun

Relationships, Communities, and Communication #813

Communities are built on empathy, flexibility, and the ability to make meaningful connections that bridge individual as well as cultural differences. This roundtable will engage in discussions on raising awareness of relationship building as an important communication tool. A key focus will be discussions on problems of identity, cultural obstacles, and biased expectations involved with intercultural relationships. How can we apply our skills and experiences to help learners use relationship building to become better communicators?

Communities are built on empathy, flexibility, and the ability to make meaningful connections that bridge individual as well as cultural differences. This roundtable will engage in discussions on raising awareness of relationship building as an important communication tool. A key focus will be discussions on problems of identity, cultural obstacles, and biased expectations involved with intercultural relationships. How can we apply our skills and experiences to help learners use relationship building to become better communicators?

12:50 Sun

University of Birmingham GSS #293

Sun, Nov 22, 12:50-14:50 JST

This is the GSS for University of Birmingham

This is the GSS for University of Birmingham

12:50 Sun

Tsuda University GSS #294

Sun, Nov 22, 12:50-14:50 JST

This is the GSS for Tsuda University

This is the GSS for Tsuda University

13:25 Sun

Teaching the Why of English Oral and Aural Skills #485

Language learning is a wonderful thing to undertake, but there is always a struggle when it comes to output. While there is a school of thought that says we should preserve the unique accents non-native speakers have, there still is a desire among some to have more of a "native" pronunciation. This presentation will look at ways in which you can help the Japanese English learner better understand why listening/speaking is a challenge for them.

Language learning is a wonderful thing to undertake, but there is always a struggle when it comes to output. While there is a school of thought that says we should preserve the unique accents non-native speakers have, there still is a desire among some to have more of a "native" pronunciation. This presentation will look at ways in which you can help the Japanese English learner better understand why listening/speaking is a challenge for them.

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.

14:00 Sun

“Framing” for Blended and Remote Learning #528

“Framing“ helps us understand how people perceive experiences and develop metacognitive and metalinguistic processes. The English as a Foreign Language classroom frame involves paradoxical ambiguities which many teachers exploit productively. However, in the rush to establish blended and remote learning systems, it is easy to neglect valuable aspects of classroom practice. This session will workshop practical responses to blended and remote learning EFL scenarios in light of understandings about how framing can support learning.

“Framing“ helps us understand how people perceive experiences and develop metacognitive and metalinguistic processes. The English as a Foreign Language classroom frame involves paradoxical ambiguities which many teachers exploit productively. However, in the rush to establish blended and remote learning systems, it is easy to neglect valuable aspects of classroom practice. This session will workshop practical responses to blended and remote learning EFL scenarios in light of understandings about how framing can support learning.

14:00 Sun

Webinars to the Rescue! Teachers Training Teachers #508

The presenters will highlight reasons teachers tend to resist technology in teaching, explain the importance of training, and then give a workshop showing how the Niigata JALT chapter has been successful in showing teachers around Japan best practices for using technology. We will show participants how to set up a webinar step-by-step explaining needed equipment and giving practical tips. Based on feedback for our webinars, we hope to inspire others to hold online events.

The presenters will highlight reasons teachers tend to resist technology in teaching, explain the importance of training, and then give a workshop showing how the Niigata JALT chapter has been successful in showing teachers around Japan best practices for using technology. We will show participants how to set up a webinar step-by-step explaining needed equipment and giving practical tips. Based on feedback for our webinars, we hope to inspire others to hold online events.

14:00 Sun

Maximum Practice: Getting Your Students Speaking #548

Sun, Nov 22, 14:00-15:00 JST

Speaking skills are becoming critical for students’ success in many academic environments and workplaces, and yet they rarely get the attention they deserve in the classroom. In this session, I’ll be exploring strategies for helping students get the most out of speaking-focused communicative activities and building students confidence and fluency. We’ll talk about practical ways of solving common problems to get students speaking more.

Speaking skills are becoming critical for students’ success in many academic environments and workplaces, and yet they rarely get the attention they deserve in the classroom. In this session, I’ll be exploring strategies for helping students get the most out of speaking-focused communicative activities and building students confidence and fluency. We’ll talk about practical ways of solving common problems to get students speaking more.

14:00 Sun

Classroom Challenges: Your Hard-to-Reach Students #371

Sun, Nov 22, 14:00-15:00 JST

How do students actually experience your classes? Your hard-to-reach students may be among the over 10.8 million Japanese people with hidden neurodiverse learning differences that they, their teachers, and family may not even be aware of. In this workshop, you’ll get to experience these barriers first hand. What experiences have you had with these kinds of students? Come and share your ideas, and learn some best practice techniques to help these students achieve.

How do students actually experience your classes? Your hard-to-reach students may be among the over 10.8 million Japanese people with hidden neurodiverse learning differences that they, their teachers, and family may not even be aware of. In this workshop, you’ll get to experience these barriers first hand. What experiences have you had with these kinds of students? Come and share your ideas, and learn some best practice techniques to help these students achieve.

16:45 Sun

Barriers in Upskilling Behind the Mask of Covid-19 #811

The purpose of this presentation is to provide the attendees with a perspective on how teachers managed virtual teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic despite the emotional and technological barriers they have faced in Izmir,Turkey. The needs of this “emergency distance teaching” period and the importance of solution partners will also be included. Recommendations by the data collected from a survey will be discussed for the betterment of online delivery performances.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide the attendees with a perspective on how teachers managed virtual teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic despite the emotional and technological barriers they have faced in Izmir,Turkey. The needs of this “emergency distance teaching” period and the importance of solution partners will also be included. Recommendations by the data collected from a survey will be discussed for the betterment of online delivery performances.

16:45 Sun

Deep Vocabulary Study: Semantic Representations #686

Sun, Nov 22, 16:45-17:10 JST

Most contemporary vocabulary instruction in ESL centers around simple, shallow meanings or translations. For words with more abstract or complex meanings, these shallow representations can be insufficient. Using the internal semantic representation of words, a deeper meaning can be provided to address this. An exploratory study with 18 intermediate Japanese students showed that their usage of 20 English verbs improved with instruction using internal semantic representations. This result supports deep vocabulary study in ESL.

Most contemporary vocabulary instruction in ESL centers around simple, shallow meanings or translations. For words with more abstract or complex meanings, these shallow representations can be insufficient. Using the internal semantic representation of words, a deeper meaning can be provided to address this. An exploratory study with 18 intermediate Japanese students showed that their usage of 20 English verbs improved with instruction using internal semantic representations. This result supports deep vocabulary study in ESL.

16:45 Sun

A Universal Rubric for Task Outcome Assessment #363

Sun, Nov 22, 16:45-17:45 JST

This workshop introduces a universal assessment rubric for teachers to easily grade speaking, writing, or mixed-skills task performance in the classroom. The tool conforms to TBLT assessment principles, has high validity and inter-rater reliability, and allows for instructional feedback. It is compatible with all language descriptor systems, and can be applied to a wide range of communicative tasks at any level. Participants will receive a copy of the tool and practical training in its use.

This workshop introduces a universal assessment rubric for teachers to easily grade speaking, writing, or mixed-skills task performance in the classroom. The tool conforms to TBLT assessment principles, has high validity and inter-rater reliability, and allows for instructional feedback. It is compatible with all language descriptor systems, and can be applied to a wide range of communicative tasks at any level. Participants will receive a copy of the tool and practical training in its use.

16:45 Sun

University of Birmingham GSS #295

Sun, Nov 22, 16:45-18:45 JST

This is the GSS for University of Birmingham

This is the GSS for University of Birmingham

17:20 Sun

Effect of Listener Background on Intelligibility #772

The presenter reports how listener’s background differences influence intelligibility and comprehensibility of Japanese learners of English. Specifically, he presents the association between the two dimensions of speech understanding (intelligibility and comprehensibility) and three listener factors (listeners’ first language, familiarity with English spoken by Japanese people, and listeners’ English level).

The presenter reports how listener’s background differences influence intelligibility and comprehensibility of Japanese learners of English. Specifically, he presents the association between the two dimensions of speech understanding (intelligibility and comprehensibility) and three listener factors (listeners’ first language, familiarity with English spoken by Japanese people, and listeners’ English level).

17:20 Sun

Novice Teacher Support, Interaction, and Cognition #684

Workplace interaction and social support can have a significant effect upon the cognition and development of novice teachers as they navigate the transition between training and teaching. This paper reports on findings from a qualitative longitudinal case-study of five novice EFL teachers, exploring the positive and negative influences which interaction with colleagues and wider social support had upon their cognition and development during this formative time.

Workplace interaction and social support can have a significant effect upon the cognition and development of novice teachers as they navigate the transition between training and teaching. This paper reports on findings from a qualitative longitudinal case-study of five novice EFL teachers, exploring the positive and negative influences which interaction with colleagues and wider social support had upon their cognition and development during this formative time.

17:20 Sun

Principles of Word Learning: A Roadmap to Success #383

Sun, Nov 22, 17:20-18:20 JST

Teachers should understand the different aspects of word learning and what that entails at the form-meaning level and for the more complex deeper aspects of vocabulary knowledge such as collocation and colligational knowledge, register, politeness, lexical domain, polysemy and so on which cannot be directly taught or learnt. Rather they need to be “felt” or “sensed”. The presentation will put forward a roadmap for teachers and students to follow.

Teachers should understand the different aspects of word learning and what that entails at the form-meaning level and for the more complex deeper aspects of vocabulary knowledge such as collocation and colligational knowledge, register, politeness, lexical domain, polysemy and so on which cannot be directly taught or learnt. Rather they need to be “felt” or “sensed”. The presentation will put forward a roadmap for teachers and students to follow.

17:20 Sun

GILE SIG Forum #268

For the 14th successive year, the Global Issues SIG forum is an idea-sharing session open to all interested people. This well-received session linked to global issues and international understanding will feature classroom teachers’ mini-reports, and innovative ideas on teaching activities, materials writing, and curriculum design. Handouts, lesson plans, and teaching resources will be available to peruse or take. Come join our unique session, learn new teaching approaches, and share your ideas. Open to all!

For the 14th successive year, the Global Issues SIG forum is an idea-sharing session open to all interested people. This well-received session linked to global issues and international understanding will feature classroom teachers’ mini-reports, and innovative ideas on teaching activities, materials writing, and curriculum design. Handouts, lesson plans, and teaching resources will be available to peruse or take. Come join our unique session, learn new teaching approaches, and share your ideas. Open to all!

17:55 Sun

An Excuse to Act: Language Exchanges as Theater #640

Sun, Nov 22, 17:55-18:20 JST

This session presents a case study of an undergraduate seminar using video in an online language exchange as a kind of live and interactive theater situated in various locations. A semiotic reading of the videos, qualitative and quantitative assessments of the project, and actionable advice to assist those interested in any such similar project will be discussed.

This session presents a case study of an undergraduate seminar using video in an online language exchange as a kind of live and interactive theater situated in various locations. A semiotic reading of the videos, qualitative and quantitative assessments of the project, and actionable advice to assist those interested in any such similar project will be discussed.

17:55 Sun

Our Visual Systems and Language Education #728

Sun, Nov 22, 17:55-18:20 JST

Stereopsis, the process by which we attain 3D vision, is discussed in relation to its use in language education. The presenters will discuss their independent but closely related research into vision and language by introducing some experimental applications of their ideas. In a short final demonstration they will present a text with glosses partially visible in a virtual space behind the text (3D vision) and visible only to one eye (BR) using anaglyph glasses.

Stereopsis, the process by which we attain 3D vision, is discussed in relation to its use in language education. The presenters will discuss their independent but closely related research into vision and language by introducing some experimental applications of their ideas. In a short final demonstration they will present a text with glosses partially visible in a virtual space behind the text (3D vision) and visible only to one eye (BR) using anaglyph glasses.

17:55 Sun

Dramatised Literature and Speech Awareness #503

Recent developments in corpus-informed materials (McCarthy & McCarten, 2018), have greatly improved the dialogues learners encounter in textbooks, but many can be unnatural. As a result, there is a need for more realistic and motivating models of speech. Dramatised literature offers one such model. This presentation reports on research using an example of such literature (the BBC show Sherlock) and explores how it can be used to motivate learners and develop spoken language awareness.

Recent developments in corpus-informed materials (McCarthy & McCarten, 2018), have greatly improved the dialogues learners encounter in textbooks, but many can be unnatural. As a result, there is a need for more realistic and motivating models of speech. Dramatised literature offers one such model. This presentation reports on research using an example of such literature (the BBC show Sherlock) and explores how it can be used to motivate learners and develop spoken language awareness.

17:55 Sun

Upskilling and Reskilling During the Pandemic #553

During the pandemic a lot of changes have happened in the professional development of teaching professionals in tertiary education. All around the world, teaching professionals were asked to upskill or reskill in certain skills, that they did not necessarily need prior to the pandemic. This research will address which were the most essential skills that teaching professionals had to upskill or reskill in the Gulf region (KSA, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait).

During the pandemic a lot of changes have happened in the professional development of teaching professionals in tertiary education. All around the world, teaching professionals were asked to upskill or reskill in certain skills, that they did not necessarily need prior to the pandemic. This research will address which were the most essential skills that teaching professionals had to upskill or reskill in the Gulf region (KSA, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, and Kuwait).

18:30 Sun

Extensive Reading SIG Annual General Meeting #823

Join us for the Annual General Meeting of the Extensive Reading SIG. All SIG members and conference attendees interested in extensive reading are invited to attend. We will elect SIG officers for the coming year and discuss ideas for activities and direction of the SIG.

Join us for the Annual General Meeting of the Extensive Reading SIG. All SIG members and conference attendees interested in extensive reading are invited to attend. We will elect SIG officers for the coming year and discuss ideas for activities and direction of the SIG.

18:30 Sun

Putting Speaking Evaluations to the Test #453

This workshop will examine the challenges faced in measuring spoken production and look at how these challenges were overcome at a Japanese tech company by creating an internal speaking test used for both English and Japanese . By using systematic approach to evaluate spoken production we are able give accurate and actionable feedback to learners enrolled in language programs as well as track the progress over short and long term timespans.

This workshop will examine the challenges faced in measuring spoken production and look at how these challenges were overcome at a Japanese tech company by creating an internal speaking test used for both English and Japanese . By using systematic approach to evaluate spoken production we are able give accurate and actionable feedback to learners enrolled in language programs as well as track the progress over short and long term timespans.

18:30 Sun

Reflection on Journal Entries in Autoethnography #713

Autoethnography is an intriguing method in qualitative research utilizing data about self to understand the connectivity between self and others. Reflecting on the presenter’s journal entries, this study explores critical factors to bridge some problematic gaps that may have hindered effective TESOL endeavors in the Japanese context. Through the connectivity in the autoethnographic approach, open dialogue with the audience can be created to collaboratively explore approaches to bridge those gaps.

Autoethnography is an intriguing method in qualitative research utilizing data about self to understand the connectivity between self and others. Reflecting on the presenter’s journal entries, this study explores critical factors to bridge some problematic gaps that may have hindered effective TESOL endeavors in the Japanese context. Through the connectivity in the autoethnographic approach, open dialogue with the audience can be created to collaboratively explore approaches to bridge those gaps.

09:30 Mon

Community 1.0: Actualizing a Tech PLC Through PD #488

This workshop will go over a developed professional development (PD) course on the use of G Suite tools. I designed this PD to realize the start of a professional learning community (PLC) at my school. A PLC was the method settled on to retain tech knowledge at our school even when teachers leave. They first needed, though, to be trained on the best use, and in some cases, the basic use of the tech in their classes.

This workshop will go over a developed professional development (PD) course on the use of G Suite tools. I designed this PD to realize the start of a professional learning community (PLC) at my school. A PLC was the method settled on to retain tech knowledge at our school even when teachers leave. They first needed, though, to be trained on the best use, and in some cases, the basic use of the tech in their classes.

09:30 Mon

Making Visible the Ghosts Which Reproduce Anxiety #536

Mon, Nov 23, 09:30-10:30 JST

Japanese learners’ anxieties regarding the enforced study of English is related to their cultural upbringing as well as the manner in which U.S. hegemony was established as a result of World War II. The U.S. has greatly influenced the type of educational system which has been installed via their significant influence on Japanese politics. A prominent example of this is the influence of standardized testing in the form of the TOEIC exam.

Japanese learners’ anxieties regarding the enforced study of English is related to their cultural upbringing as well as the manner in which U.S. hegemony was established as a result of World War II. The U.S. has greatly influenced the type of educational system which has been installed via their significant influence on Japanese politics. A prominent example of this is the influence of standardized testing in the form of the TOEIC exam.

09:30 Mon

PanSIG 2021 Planning Committee Meeting #301

This is the planning meeting of the PanSIG 2021 committee and all interested in participating in PanSIG 2021, planned for May 2021 being held in Mishima (Shizuoka) at Nihon University. All SIGs should have several representatives engaging in PanSIG taking part in reviewing submissions, conducting the conference and editing the conference proceedings. Please take part in this meeting to make PanSIG 2021 happen.

This is the planning meeting of the PanSIG 2021 committee and all interested in participating in PanSIG 2021, planned for May 2021 being held in Mishima (Shizuoka) at Nihon University. All SIGs should have several representatives engaging in PanSIG taking part in reviewing submissions, conducting the conference and editing the conference proceedings. Please take part in this meeting to make PanSIG 2021 happen.

10:05 Mon

Taiwanese English Teachers’ Teaching Metacognition #696

Mon, Nov 23, 10:05-10:30 JST

The presentation reports an English teacher teaching metacognition survey study conducted in Taiwan. The study reveals information about the current status of teaching metacognition among Grade 1-12 English teachers, its connection to teacher preparation these teachers received in the past, and their teaching practice now. Additionally, it highlights implications and suggestions for teacher training and professional development in the future.

The presentation reports an English teacher teaching metacognition survey study conducted in Taiwan. The study reveals information about the current status of teaching metacognition among Grade 1-12 English teachers, its connection to teacher preparation these teachers received in the past, and their teaching practice now. Additionally, it highlights implications and suggestions for teacher training and professional development in the future.

10:45 Mon

COVID-19 as a Catalyst for Change in ICT and CALL #799

COVID-19 is shaking the foundation of education in Japan from K-12 to higher education. The crisis has shown cracks in a system known for conservatism and highlighted new innovative practices. Will CALL in Japan be affected by the systemic changes caused by the pandemic. This presentation will analyze changes in ICT policies and try to answer this simple question: will the pandemic change the way we think about educational technology use in the classroom?

COVID-19 is shaking the foundation of education in Japan from K-12 to higher education. The crisis has shown cracks in a system known for conservatism and highlighted new innovative practices. Will CALL in Japan be affected by the systemic changes caused by the pandemic. This presentation will analyze changes in ICT policies and try to answer this simple question: will the pandemic change the way we think about educational technology use in the classroom?

10:45 Mon

Research-Based Pronunciation Teaching: How and Why #368

This workshop focuses on five pedagogical responsibilities of all pronunciation teachers: (1) selecting the pronunciation features to be taught; (2) implementing a pronunciation diagnostic; (3) teaching age-appropriate knowledge about phonetics, including phonetic symbols; (4) using pronunciation activities throughout all language classes; and (5) supporting learners’ pronunciation strategies and skills outside of class. The presenter will summarize current research and suggest ways to fulfill each responsibility efficiently and confidently. Participants will share challenges in pronunciation teaching.

This workshop focuses on five pedagogical responsibilities of all pronunciation teachers: (1) selecting the pronunciation features to be taught; (2) implementing a pronunciation diagnostic; (3) teaching age-appropriate knowledge about phonetics, including phonetic symbols; (4) using pronunciation activities throughout all language classes; and (5) supporting learners’ pronunciation strategies and skills outside of class. The presenter will summarize current research and suggest ways to fulfill each responsibility efficiently and confidently. Participants will share challenges in pronunciation teaching.

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.

10:45 Mon

Group Communication Using Conversation Cards #373

Cultivating communicative English skills has become a priority at all levels of English education. However, teachers often have difficulty finding ways to successfully facilitate communication among groups of students. Conversation cards offer a solution. Cards serve as a tactile reminder to participate in group conversations and provide a useful framework in which to participate. This workshop introduces practical ways to use conversation cards as well as sample conversations, evaluation methods, and card templates.

Cultivating communicative English skills has become a priority at all levels of English education. However, teachers often have difficulty finding ways to successfully facilitate communication among groups of students. Conversation cards offer a solution. Cards serve as a tactile reminder to participate in group conversations and provide a useful framework in which to participate. This workshop introduces practical ways to use conversation cards as well as sample conversations, evaluation methods, and card templates.

10:45 Mon

Teaching Against Prejudice: Human Rights and EFL #376

Foreign language teachers have a unique role to play in reducing hate, bias, and stereotypes. Ideas from the field of human rights education can help us to achieve this important goal. Join this hands-on workshop to learn creative ways to include human rights in content-based language lessons and to experience classroom activities that raise awareness of prejudice, empower students to stand up against discrimination, and promote the tolerance so badly needed in our multicultural world.

Foreign language teachers have a unique role to play in reducing hate, bias, and stereotypes. Ideas from the field of human rights education can help us to achieve this important goal. Join this hands-on workshop to learn creative ways to include human rights in content-based language lessons and to experience classroom activities that raise awareness of prejudice, empower students to stand up against discrimination, and promote the tolerance so badly needed in our multicultural world.

11:20 Mon

In Defense of Contrastive Rhetoric #567

In this presentation, I discuss the importance of viewing contrastive rhetoric (CR) as an approach concerned with communication rather than affixing it to the more complex notions of culture and identity, as has been frequently done in the literature. What I do to accomplish this is conceptualize CR within the theoretical framework of common round theory, which I argue is not only the most practical approach to CR but the best way to ensure its full effectiveness.

In this presentation, I discuss the importance of viewing contrastive rhetoric (CR) as an approach concerned with communication rather than affixing it to the more complex notions of culture and identity, as has been frequently done in the literature. What I do to accomplish this is conceptualize CR within the theoretical framework of common round theory, which I argue is not only the most practical approach to CR but the best way to ensure its full effectiveness.

11:55 Mon

Reducing Cognitive Bias in Small Group Discussion #628

Mon, Nov 23, 11:55-12:20 JST

Small group discussion offers students many potential benefits. Some of these benefits include developing critical thinking, perspective sharing, and exploring issues. However, the potential of group discussion work can also be negatively impacted by the effect of cognitive biases such as confirmation bias and groupthink bias. This presentation looks at some strategies and tweaks teachers can employ to mitigate some common cognitive biases and maximize the power of small group discussion.

Small group discussion offers students many potential benefits. Some of these benefits include developing critical thinking, perspective sharing, and exploring issues. However, the potential of group discussion work can also be negatively impacted by the effect of cognitive biases such as confirmation bias and groupthink bias. This presentation looks at some strategies and tweaks teachers can employ to mitigate some common cognitive biases and maximize the power of small group discussion.

12:50 Mon

Language Learning as Positive Communication #311

Mon, Nov 23, 12:50-13:50 JST

Language classes are often intended to prepare learners to engage in successful communication. Communication is regarded as the means and ends of language learning. Yet, there has been very little discussion of what else communication can bring to learners. In this talk, I will explore some practical ideas from communication studies, using a model of positive communication, and consider how these might facilitate the development of healthy communities of language learners and teachers.

Language classes are often intended to prepare learners to engage in successful communication. Communication is regarded as the means and ends of language learning. Yet, there has been very little discussion of what else communication can bring to learners. In this talk, I will explore some practical ideas from communication studies, using a model of positive communication, and consider how these might facilitate the development of healthy communities of language learners and teachers.

15:15 Mon

JALT Executive Board Meeting (EBM) #304

Mon, Nov 23, 15:15-16:15 JST

At JALT Executive Board Meetings (EBMs), Chapter, SIG, and National JALT officers present reports, discuss JALT business, and vote on motions that are brought before the assembly. During the year, these JALT officers attend two weekend EBMs. Although this EBM is scheduled to last for only one hour, important business will be discussed and conducted. All JALT members are warmly invited to attend the EBM and observe the management of JALT business in person.

At JALT Executive Board Meetings (EBMs), Chapter, SIG, and National JALT officers present reports, discuss JALT business, and vote on motions that are brought before the assembly. During the year, these JALT officers attend two weekend EBMs. Although this EBM is scheduled to last for only one hour, important business will be discussed and conducted. All JALT members are warmly invited to attend the EBM and observe the management of JALT business in person.