Learner Development SIG Community Activities 2016

学習者ディベロプメント研究会  活動計画2016

Updated 19 November 2016

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.



Hiroshima get-togethers:

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:

Kansai get-together contact is Brandon Kramer, brandon.l.kramer AT MARK gmail DOT com. Looking forward to getting your suggestions by e-mail!

Tokyo get-togethers:

“Creating Community: Learning Together 3” is an informal, relaxing afternoon Learner Development SIG conference taking place on Sunday December 18 12:00-17:00 at Otsuma Women’s University, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.

「コミュニティの創造:共に学ぶ3」は、12月18日(日)12:00-17:00に大妻女子大学(東京,市ヶ谷)で開催される午後のインフォーマルで和やかな学習者ディベロプメントSIGの 学会です。



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, Blair Barr, Ken Ikeda, and Agnes Patko (until April 2016)

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.