Learner Development SIG Community Activities 2017
Updated 26 January 2017
Local area get-togethers
Local get-togethers are non-presenter based events where SIG members discuss in pairs and small groups their learning, teaching and researching practices and interests. Currently get-togethers take place in Hiroshima, Kansai and Tokyo.
In Hiroshima, we are continuing to meet for LD get-togethers just about every month, but are just starting to introduce get-togethers alternating between Friday evenings (end of March, May…) and Saturday afternoons (end of April, June…). The aim is simply to be available to a greater number of people who are interested joining us. We meet at the Ryugakusei Kaikan, a few minutes’ from Hiroshima Station.
Bring your learner development hopes, plans, research projects for the new academic year with you. And if you have something good to read related to learner development / autonomy, please bring that along too. Look forward to seeing you! The get-togethers will continue to be managed by Jim Ronald and Andrew Brady, but we are looking forward to expanding the running of the get-togethers to three or four people.
If you would like to know more, please get in touch with Jim Ronald (jmronald AT MARK gmail DOT com or 082-222-4445) or just come along to a meeting. You are welcome!
Kansai Get-togethers are usually held at Hito Machi Koryukan Community Centre in Kyoto. They are a blend of personalized discussion about research or curriculum agendas, as well as a providing a place to discuss current issues facing English instructors.
Hito Machi Koryukan Community Centre – www.hitomachi-kyoto.jp
From Kyoto station — it is a twenty minute walk north on Kawaramachi
From Kiyomizu Gojo — it is a five minute walk over the bridge and down along Kawaramachi
For more information please contact:
Anita Aden – firstname.lastname@example.org
Our get-togethers culminated last year in December with the Creating Community Learning Together 3 informal afternoon conference where 34 students and 30 teachers took part. You may be surprised to know that we don’t do that every month!
In the rest of the year the Tokyo get-togethers are run in a participant-centred fashion where those attending discuss in pairs and small groups their learner development interests, practices, and puzzles, with a view to developing small collaborations over time. A typical get-together might go something like this:
14.00-14.15 Mingling and meeting in pairs
14.15-14.30 Sharing of people’s learner development interests and deciding pairs/groups and areas of focus
14.30-15.15 Pair and small-group discussions
15.15-15.30 Short break
15.30-16.30 Pair and small-group discussions, and next steps
16.30-17.00 Sharing with the whole group, announcements, the next get-together
These small collaborations often grow into joint presentations, practitioner research, and different kinds of writing projects (for example, reflective writing, short articles, occasional book projects), but they don’t need to. The get-togethers thus aim to provide a flexible, supportive, and convivial environment for exploring learner development according to people’s particular interests and concerns.
We welcome the participation of teachers from diverse teaching contexts – including elementary school, junior high school, senior high school, university, distance learning & graduate studies, and language school settings – and teachers teaching languages other than English.
You are every welcome to come along and join in – and to invite a colleague or friend too if they share an interest in learning about learner development together with other teachers and graduate students.
- Sunday 26 February 14.00-16.30 – our last meeting at Otsuma Women’s University as Ken will be away on sabbatical from April for one year
During the rest of the year the get-togethers will be held in a different downtown university – details to follow soon (Jan 26 2017)
- Sunday 23 April 14.00-17.00, venue to be announced
- Sunday 28 May 14.00-17.00, venue to be announced
- Sunday 25 June 14.00-17.00, venue to be announced
- Sunday 24 September 14.00-17.00, venue to be announced
- Sunday 29 October 14.00-17.00, venue to be announced
- November: No get-together (JALT2017)
- Sunday 17 December 12.00 to 17.30, venue to be announced: Creating Community Learning Together 4 (CCLT4), an informal afternoon conference for learners and teachers.
If you are planning on coming along on February 26, please do send us a short email to let us know – <email@example.com>. Many thanks.
We hope that many SIG members will be able to take part in these different local SIG meetings. For more information, contact the local area get-together coordinator(s) nearest to you. For contact details please see the officers page.
- Hiroshima: Jim Ronald and Ariel Sorenson
- Kansai: Anita Aden and Chris Fitzgerald
- Tokyo: Andy Barfield, Ian Hurrell, Jenny Morgan, and Ken Ikeda (until April 2017)
Background to the local area get-togethers
In the 1990s when the Learner Development SIG started out, we tried to do things a little differently by holding small meetings, without a presenter, where people could talk with each other directly about their interests. Since JALT2006, members of the Learner Development SIG across Japan have been re-connecting with this original combination of learner and teacher development. Different local groups have been getting together to talk about learner and teacher development issues of central concern to those taking part.