SIG News - March 2014

PanSIG 2014

The 13th Annual JALT PanSIG Conference, Sustainability: Making Learning and Teaching Last, will be held in Miyazaki, May 10-11, 2014. By the time you see this, you should be able to see the schedule at <> as well as to take a look at all the accepted abstracts and make comments. There is still time to register as a participant, and this year, we have lowered the conference fees: 

– University teachers w/ support 5000 yen

– University teachers w/o support 4000 yen

– Secondary teachers and ALTs 3000 yen. 

Hope to see you in Miyazaki!! 


The Bilingualism SIG monograph Third Culture Kids and Their Families is out! This publication will be of special interest not only to TCK and their parents, but also to families raising their children in three languages. Of course, it also provides parents raising bilingual children with hints and inspiration on their multilingual journey. Edited by Bernadette Luyckx and Ron Murphy, 2013.

The JALT Bilingualism SIG has put together an extensive collection of monographs on various practical topics to do with raising children bilingually, particularly in Japanese contexts. In addition to general information on bilingualism, popular topics include bicultural children with special needs, naming bicultural children, and educational options for bicultural children in Japan or overseas. Whether you are a new parent looking for advice or an educator wondering about how to deal with bilingual children in your class, the wealth of personal experiences in these books will provide you with plenty of directions and perhaps even some answers to your questions. To see more titles, visit our website: <>. 


The JALT Business English SIG seeks to develop the discipline of teaching English, conducive to participation in the world business community. We aim to provide instructors in this field with a means of collaborating and sharing best teaching practices. 

JALT Business English SIG は、世界のビジネス界に通用する英語教育の発展を目的に持ち、結成されました。連携体制を組み、最善の教育方法を共有することにより、英語教育に携わるインストラクターの皆様のお手伝いを致します。 


The JALT CALL Conference is coming up from June 6-8 at Sugiyama Jogakuen University in Nagoya. This year's theme is "New Horizons in CALL". The planned keynote speaker will be Regine Hampel, who is a Senior Lecturer in Modern Languages at the Open University. The plenary is yet to be determined. For further details, please visit the website at  <>. We hope to see you there.


Last year CUE celebrated its 20th anniversary by organizing various professional events from Hokkaido to Kyushu. CUE officers would like to thank each and all of its members for their support and involvement in SIG-related activities. Please feel free to contact us at <> for further information about our events and activities. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon at one of our events!


Please consider writing for a future issue of CT Scan. Full research articles: 1,500-3,000 words, detailing your research related to critical thinking in language education. Articles that connect theory to classroom practice are encouraged. Classroom reflections: 500-2,000 words, detailing classroom activities that have been used to teach or encourage critical thinking among language learners. Commentaries: 500-2,000 words, detailing personal observations meant to provoke discussion within our membership regarding critical thinking in language education. All submissions are welcome at <>. We recommend adhering to JALT Journal style guidelines for your submission. Please refer to <> for guidance.


We welcome you to take part in the 7th Annual Extensive Reading Seminar & 2014 Vocabulary Symposium on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Keisen University, Tokyo. The theme is “Covering the Text: Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension.” For the call for papers and other information please check the seminar website: <>. 

The ER SIG also welcomes submissions to our two publications, the ERJ (Extensive Reading in Japan) and the JER (Journal of Extensive Reading). Members receive printed versions of the ERJ twice a year, and both publications are available electronically via our website for free. Please see our website <> for submission guidelines, how to become a member and much more.


This SIG aims to discuss the CEFR and ELP and other similar frameworks and their relevance for Japan. The SIG holds periodical seminars focusing on classroom use of the CEFR, amongst other things.  More info: <> Contact: <>

13th Pan SIG, May 10-11 2014

Joint forum with CT, LiLT and BE SIGs

Current title: Creating a lasting impact on students' learning: Connections inside and outside the classroom

SIG Conference in Nagoya, May 31 2014

Venue: Chukyo University, Nagoya.

Title: Critical, constructive assessment of CEFR-based language teaching in Japan and beyond

More info: <>

The FLP SIG Kaken Project 2012-2014

Development of EAP Textbooks based on the CEFR and Learner/Teacher Autonomy Support Tools-

The principal purpose is to develop English language integrated skills textbooks for the higher education context in Japan. More info: <>


GALE works towards building a supportive community of educators and researchers interested in raising awareness and researching how gender plays an integral role in education and professional interaction. We also network and collaborate with JALT groups and the community at large to promote pedagogical and professional practices, language teaching materials, and research inclusive of gender and gender-related topics. 

GALE produces a double-blind, peer reviewed academic online journal once a year and a community newsletter twice a year. The online Journal and Proceedings of the Gender Awareness in Language Education SIG, started in 2008, has been attracting excellent academic research articles related to gender issues and awareness raising. Archives and submission guidelines can be found at <>.

We also have a Facebook page, an online discussion list for all members, and an executive discussion list for officers and any GALE member who would like to take an active role in, or know more about, GALE business.  

For more information about GALE, visit our website at <>.  If you have any questions about joining GALE, please send a message to <>.


GILE aims to promote global awareness, international understanding, and action to solve world problems through content-based language teaching, drawing primarily from the fields of global education, peace education, environmental education, and human rights education. The SIG produces a quarterly newsletter, organizes presentations for local, national, and international conferences, and maintains contacts with groups ranging from Amnesty International to Educators for Social Responsibility to UNESCO. Contact us for a sample newsletter or for more information about the SIG's work in “teaching for a better world.” visit <>, our Facebook page or contact Kip Cates <>.



Call for papers: JALT Journal of Japanese Language Education. JSL researchers, teachers, learners are invited to submit articles, research reports, essays, and book reviews. Deadline is March 31, 2014. For details, please contact Tamayo Hattori <>.  Also, send your JSL articles, reports, and information to the JSL SIG Newsletter. We accept them throughout the year. Please email submissions to Nozomi Takano <>.


The JSHS SIG is now on Facebook! If you are a JSHS SIG member, then come and check out our exclusive group at <>. Whether you want to ask a question, help someone out or just share something, this is the place for junior and senior high school teachers to be. We also have a public page at <> so anyone can have a look, click ‘like’ and our news will be your news! Everybody is welcome!

Show us what you've got! This year’s SIG Forum at the JALT2013 Conference offers 90 minutes of shares from junior/senior high school teachers, for junior/senior high school teachers! With so many shares from people in your field, we can almost guarantee something of interest to everybody. Time will be made at the end of the forum for participant and presenter group discussion, so please join us if you are free. We look forward to seeing you in October!  


The Learner Development SIG is a lively and friendly network of more than 200 members who are interested in exploring and researching practices that help develop autonomous learning and teaching, among other issues to do with learning inside and outside the classroom. We welcome the participation of teachers from diverse teaching contexts, including elementary school, junior high school, senior high school, distance learning, language school, university settings, and teachers teaching languages other than English. 

The LD SIG is organizing forums at the PanSIG, JALTCALL, and JALT conferences, as well as local get-togethers with members during the coming year. On the publication front, in addition to the regular twice-yearly issues of our newsletter, Learning Learning, we have two book projects nearing completion: Learner Development Working Papers and Collaborative Learning in Learner Development. We are also offering grants for membership, subscription, research, conferences, and outreach projects. For more information, please visit: <>.

学習者ディベロプメント研究部会(LD SIG)は、教室の内外での学びに関するテーマの中でも特にオートノミーのある学習とティーチングを発展させるための実践を探求・研究することに関心のある200 名以上が組織する、活発でフレンドリーな研究部会です。私たちは、多様な教育現場でご活躍の皆様の参加を歓迎しています。小学校、中学校、高校、通信教育、語学学校、大学で指導されている皆様、そして英語以外の言語を教えている教師の皆様も、どうぞご参加ください。

LD SIGの今後の予定として、メンバーの地域別集会に加えPanSIG、JALTCALL、とJALT学会ではフォーラムを開きます。出版関連では、通常の年二回発行のニュースレターLearning Learningに加え、二冊の本(Learner Development Working PapersとCollaborative Learning in Learner Development)が仕上がりつつあります。また、会費、購読料、研究、学会参加、アウトリーチプロジェクトへの助成金を支給しています。詳細は、 <> をご覧ください。


The LLL-SIG invites those teaching languages to young, middle-aged, and older adults to share information through our website <>, newsletter, at various SIG conferences and events (including PanSIG), and at the JALT International Conference, where an annual LLL-SIG forum is held. 

Our Facebook page can be accessed at <>. As of this writing, we have nearly 189 likes and we always welcome more. If you "like" us, you will be able to find out about not only our SIG’s events, but you also be able to get tips about lifelong language learning and teaching, and find out about opportunities and events in the community that stretch your capabilities and broaden your horizons, including volunteering possibilities.


Thanks for a great 2013 to all our members. LiLT SIG members engage with literature through film, creative writing, poetry, the short story, classic literature and world literature as well as literature in translation. We welcome interest from those working in cultural studies, politics through literature, language learning and applications of literary texts in different contexts. We are always interested in volunteers to help out with things such as events planning, reading and proofing for our journal and helping the SIG grow. If you think you might like to get involved we welcome you to contact us!

2014 Conference news: This year we will be participating in PanSIG, in May.If you are interested in any type of literature please come to see us there. We are also busy preparing for our first literature-themed conference to be held at Aichi University, Toyohashi campus with John Roberts as the conference chair from September 6-7, 2014. Please consider submitting a presentation, attending, or helping promote this first LiLT SIG conference. The deadline for submissions is May 15.

All important guidelines and information for contributors are available on our website <>. To join the SIG tick Literature in Language Teaching when renewing your SIG membership.


Our activities in 2014 will be exciting as we'll be joining the PanSIG as usual, and we'll be involved with a few other events during the year.  Please check our website for more information <>. Meet old/new members and stay active!


OLE will participate in many events this year and is already accepting proposals for its events at JALT2014:

The OLE-SIG and the Multilingualism Forum, the French Forum, and the Spanish, Chinese and German workshops. Please send your proposal without delay to the coordinator at <> with the title line JALT2014.


Pragmatics is the study of language from the point of view of language users, especially of the choices they make, the constraints they encounter in using language in social interaction and the effects their use of language has on other participants in the act of communication. 

The Pragmatics SIG is in the process of creating a library of humorous comics and videos that highlight pragmatic matters in everyday conversation.  Look for some new videos on our website <> this summer!


Please consider signing up for our newsletter! The sign-up form to the SO SIG's free quarterly newsletter is now active on the SO SIG website <>. To subscribe, visit the site and enter your email address. Subscribers receive articles, freebies and news on upcoming SO SIG events.


2014 is looking to be a good year for the Speech, Drama, and Debate SIG. The new team of officers, led by Coordinator Dawn Kobayashi, is planning a strong presence at PanSIG2014 in beautiful Miyazaki, with a collection of both PechaKucha and interactive presentations. We put out the first and second of 6 bulletins and we are preparing the first of two issues of our peer-reviewed journal, Mask & Gavel. Please consider submitting an article. (See < speechdramaanddebatepublicsite/home> to download some of the back issues.)

In addition to PanSIG2014 and JALT2014, our biggest and most exciting project for 2014 is the first annual JOESC (Japan Online English Speech Contest). For details see <>.


The Study Abroad SIG provides a supportive place for discussing areas of interest regarding study abroad and intercultural training. We welcome submissions for our newsletter, Ryuugaku, and we are looking for new officers to join the team. Visit our new website at <> or contact us at <>.

当研究部会は、留学や異文化教育に関して議論し、また支援できる場を提供しています。当部会のニュースレター“Ryuugaku”への皆様からの投稿をお待ちしております。新役員の募集をしております。詳細は新ウェブサイト<>へお問い合わせは、 <>へお願いします。


The TBL SIG will hold the 2nd Task-Based Language Teaching in Asia conference in Kansai on May 17-18, 2014, at Kinki University, Osaka. Peter Skehan from the University of Auckland in New Zealand is confirmed as Plenary speaker. We hope to see you there! Details can be found at <>.

The TBL SIG was created for teachers and other professionals who currently use or are interested in using task-based approaches in the classroom. It focuses, in particular, on issues related to task-based language teaching and learning in the Asian EFL context. The SIG serves as a useful forum for the exchange of practical teaching ideas, theoretical discussion, and academic study of TBLT issues. Our journal, OnTask, focuses on both research and theory, in the form of feature articles as well as more practical TBLT-informed lesson plans. Potential contributors to OnTask are invited to contact our publications officer, Julian Pigott at <>.


The Teacher Education and Development (TED) SIG is a network for those who want to help themselves and others become better teachers. With memories of JALT2013 still fresh in our minds, we are starting to think of the TED SIG's next mini-conference, EFL Teacher's Journeys Conference 2014. Preparations for the conference have begun and the hunt for interesting plenary speakers is on. Updates will be posted as they happen on our website at <>.

You can also find out more about TED's journal Explorations in Teacher Education on the website. The journal welcomes stimulating articles within the field of education. Submission guidelines for articles can be found on the SIG website. You can also stay in touch with us via Facebook or Google+ or by following <@tedsig> on Twitter.


THT Vietnam, THT Kyrgyzstan and THT Bangladesh are looking for presenters for the 2014 events. Vietnam has been set for 8-10 August. Currently the Vietnamese National Ministry of Education has mandated CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) levels for all teachers within the national education system by the year 2020 (the 2020 Project), and while all teachers are welcome, we would particularly welcome participants who would like to present about

CEFR and work with Vietnamese teachers in this area.

As of printing, the tentative dates set are:

Bangladesh September 15-19

Kyrgyzstan September 8-12

For up-to-date details, please visit <>.If you

have any questions, please contact Joe Tomei at <>.


January saw us host of series of highly informative webinars on becoming a presenter in conjunction with the JSHS SIG and the International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi). A big thank you to both presenters and participants in the series. We hope to run a similar series on “giving a good presentation” in autumn, prior to this year's JALT Junior conference. For those of you who were unfortunate enough to miss the webinars the first time around, never fear, they were recorded and you can see them by following the links on our Facebook page.

The TC SIG is for teachers of children of all ages and we are always looking for new ideas and new people to keep the SIG dynamic. We particularly want to appeal to Japanese teachers and teachers who team-teach to consider joining our group. There is an email list for teachers of children who would like to share ideas or questions <>. 

If you have any ideas, activities, advice or experiences you would like to share with your fellow teachers, please consider submitting them to an upcoming issue of our online TLC Newsletter! Email your submissions to the editor at <>. For more information about the Teaching Children SIG and all our activities, please visit our homepage <>, or the TCSIG Facebook page < Teaching-Children-SIG>.


The Testing and Evaluation SIG is concerned with all aspects of testing and evaluating language performance and language programs, and welcomes both experienced teachers and those new to this area who wish to learn more about it. Our interests encompass quantitative and qualitative approaches to language assessment, including alternatives to traditional testing such as peer and self-assessment, portfolios, and project evaluation. Shiken, our refereed newsletter, contains a variety of assessment-related articles, including research reports, interviews with prominent authors, book reviews, instructional columns on statistical analysis, Rasch measurement, and assessment literacy. 


The VOCAB SIG will hold its Third Annual Vocabulary Symposium on June 14 at Kyushu Sangyo University in Fukuoka City. This year’s symposium will feature speakers Batia Laufer from the University of Hafia and Akiyo Hirai from the University of Tsukuba. The final call for poster presenters is March 30, 2014. The theme of this year’s symposium is vocabulary learning and vocabulary assessment. The JALT Vocabulary SIG provides a venue for the discussion and research into second language vocabulary acquisition and assessment, particularly as they pertain to language education in Japan. Please visit our website at <> for more information regarding previous symposiums, events and publications. Additional SIG news and dialogue can also be found on our Facebook page at < 236623256372419>.