Learner Development SIG Community Activities 2018

学習者ディベロプメント研究会  活動計画2018

Updated 12th November 2018

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

The Hiroshima get-togethers are on hold in 2018 with the main focus on the annual Inter-University Scrabble Contest contest in December. If you would like to know more,  please get in touch with Jim Ronald (jmronald AT MARK gmail DOT com or 082-222-4445).

Kansai Get-togethers

Kansai Get-togethers are on hold this year, with the main focus going to the Student Conference at ILA 2018 at the start of September.

Call for Participants! Student Conference at ILA 2018: Learners about Learning

Friday September 7th 2018, Konan Women’s University, Kobe

For more information please contact: Agnes Patko – patkoagi888 AT MARK gmail DOT com

Tokyo get-togethers

The remaining 2018 get-together is Creating Community: Learning Together 4 (CCLT4) planned for Sunday 16 December. You are welcome to come along and take part! See for more details.

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.

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.


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
  • Kansai: Agnes Patko
  • Tokyo: Andy Barfield, Ken Ikeda, and Jenny Morgan

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.