Sessions / Non-Teaching Area
This is the annual meeting for JALT SIG and Chapter Publication Chairs. We will discuss issues related to publications and share ideas for producing, improving, and promoting publications. Other SIG and Chapter Officers or members of JALT publications are welcome to attend.
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.
In this forum, participants will learn about the JALT Research Grants and other grant opportunities available through JALT. Presenters will describe the goals, requirements, and schedules of the JALT Research Grants, which are limited to JALT members who have no other outside research funding. Information will be provided about other grants from JALT SIGs and chapters. Participants will be able to ask questions, discuss requirements, share individual research ideas, and receive guidance about application procedures.
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.
Is this your first time attending the JALT International Conference? Or is it your first online event? Do you have questions about our conference? If so, please consider attending this orientation. The purpose is to give an overview of JALT2020 and provide tips for making the most of the conference. There will be opportunities to meet members of the conference team, ask questions, find out about the resources available at JALT2020, and connect with other first-timers.
This presentation provides clear and practical information on publishing in one of the JALT Publications journals, which include The Language Teacher, JALT Journal, and the Postconference Publication. Editors from each journal will cover their journal’s remit and submission guidelines, describe the various peer-reviewed and not peer-reviewed publication opportunities available, and answer questions. First-time authors and those wishing to publish in Japanese are especially welcome.
This presentation aims to provide information on the speaking part of the IELTS/TEAP test, and on how you can become an examiner of these English proficiency tests. This year, Eiken Foundation of Japan is operating the TEAP test in 23 cities in Japan, and IELTS in 16 cities. As the number of test candidates/venues is rapidly growing every year, we are seeking new examiners all over Japan.
This is the annual meeting for all chapter and SIG membership officers. The focus of the meeting will be to exchange ideas and information to help retain members and also increase membership in JALT. Administrative policies, procedures, and documents will be discussed as needed. All current and incoming membership officers are strongly encouraged to attend.
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.
This is a meeting for everyone involved with publicity for a JALT chapter, SIG, publication, or conference. A survey will be sent around prior to the conference to gauge attendees’ interest in various topics. We will go over what resources are available for publicity officers on the JALT site, and we’ll take questions to try to trouble-shoot any difficulties you may be experiencing.
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!
Following brief reports on SIG activities and finances for the current year and selection of next year's officers, discussion will turn to what kinds of events, presentations, or published articles would most interest current or potential members. TEVAL is interested in both traditional and alternative approaches to learner evaluation and is interested in hearing what aspects of classroom and institutional assessment are most relevant to practicing teachers. All interested professionals are invited to attend.
This is the annual meeting of JALT Chapter and SIG treasurers. All treasurers are encouraged to attend this online meeting. We will be covering issues related to the bookkeeping for Chapters and SIGs. A detailed agenda for the meeting will be sent to the treasurer’s mailing list shortly before the conference. Agenda: 1. Current financial status of JALT Chapters and SIGs; 2. Problems and issues with treasurer duties.
Meeting for JALT 2021 conference planning.
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.
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.
The end of the show, and we will welcome some of our plenary, featured, and invited guest speakers to offer some final words and reflections on the conference. Audience participants will be encouraged to ask questions and offer insights of their own. After the panel discussion we will here about what is to come for JALT2021!