Learner Development SIG Forums for 2019

The LD Forums will take place at the PanSIG, JALTCALL, and the JALT International conferences in 2019. If you are interested in participating, please see the online application at Google Forms.

Here are the details:

(1) PanSIG 2019

Konan University, Hyogo (May 18-19)
Submission Deadline: Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Learner Development SIG’s programming team is now accepting submissions for the LD SIG Forum at the 2019 JALT PanSIG Conference in Nishinomiya, Hyogo (May 18-19). PanSIG offers a chance to engage with a range of ideas and teachers from across the various interest groups of JALT. With that in mind, the LD SIG Forum welcomes proposals for presentations on any theme related to Learner Development. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Learner autonomy
  • Motivation and self-regulation
  • Intercultural and international awareness
  • Student-directed research and projects
  • Student narratives and voices
  • In- and out-of-class activities related to any of the above

The forum is an excellent chance not only to present, but also to get feedback on ongoing research while meeting other teacher-researchers with similar interests.

Please complete the application form with a title and 150-word working abstract January 12, 2019.

(2) JALTCALL 2019

Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo (May 31 – June 2)
Submission Deadline: February 1, 2019

This Learner Development SIG Forum at JALTCALL is an interactive event featuring innovative approaches for facilitating independent learner development with the use of technology in the classroom and beyond. The aim of this forum is to view the technology from the perspective of learners. For this forum, the Learner Development Programmes Team is seeking presenters with presentations that highlight learners’ use of technology in their language learning development. This could include narratives, surveys, or overviews of learners using CALL tools for classroom learning, self-access centers, homework, or as autonomous learners outside of class.

Applicants to this forum should specify exactly what technology, websites, LMS, or other CALL tools they or the learners are using.

Note: Presenters for this forum are required to register on the JALTCALL system in order for the programmes team to complete the registration for the Learner Development Forum. We would appreciate your proactivity with this matter.

(3) JALT2019: “Teacher Efficacy, Learner Agency”


WINC AICHI, Nagoya (November 1-4)
Submission Deadline: April 25, 2019

Theme: Learners in Active Learning

Keeping with the 2019 JALT National Conference theme about Learner Agency, this year’s LD SIG Forum will critically explore what happens to learners when given the opportunity to participate in Active Learning. In addition to considering active approaches in classroom practice, possible topics could examine active learning online, in study abroad, at work, or through independent research and experience. The Learner Development SIG Programs Team is seeking presenters with posters or hands-on presentations related to this theme. Interested presenters are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly while keeping a focus on learners encountering the opportunity to learn actively. Narratives, surveys, interviews, and classroom-based research are all welcome.

Timed rounds of poster presentations will be followed by a discussion period where participants will be given an opportunity to reflect on the presentations while sharing their own research experiences, puzzles, and narratives about learner growth through Active Learning.


The Learner Development SIG offers a variety of grants for members,
including grants to support attendance at the Pan-SIG Conference. See the
LD SIG Grants Page for further details:

Please complete the application, including the forum you wish to present
in, a title, and a 100- to 150-word working abstract.

Both English and Japanese submissions are welcome.

Once again, the LD Forums will take place at the PanSIG, JALTCALL, and the JALT International conferences in 2019. If you are interested in participating, please see the online application at Google Forms.

If you have any questions, you can contract the LD Programmes Chair (Blair
Barr) at bdigger75ca AT MARK gmail dot com.