LD SIG Forums

Updated 12 December 2018

Welcome to the LD SIG Forums page!

We are re-organizing our forums pages in an attempt to both archive our calls for participation and provide links to forum reflections as well as publications growing out of forum activities. Over the past several years the Learner Development SIG has organized forums at the PanSIG, JALTCALL, and JALT International conferences.

LD SIG Forums in 2019

The call for participation for LD SIG Forums in 2019 is now open, with deadlines falling in the next month or so: The PanSIG2019 deadline is 20 December 2018, the JALTCALL 2019 deadline is 10 January 2019, and the JALT2019 Conference in Nagoya deadline is 20 January 2019. For links to recent Forum themes and reflections reports, please see the links below.

LD SIG Forums in 2018

The LD SIG Programme Team organized forums at the following JALT conferences in 2018:

  • PanSIG 2018 – Toyo Gakuen University, Tokyo, May 19-20, 2018
  • JALTCALL 2018 – Meijo University, Nagoya, June 8-10, 2018
  • JALT2018 – International Conference at Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center (Granship), Shizuoka City, November 23-26, 2018

Many thanks to those able to join us at the Learner Development SIG Forums in May, June, and November 2018.


LD SIG Forums in 2017

The LD SIG Programs Team held forums at the following three JALT conferences in 2017:

  • Pan-SIG 2017 – Akita International University, Akita, May 19-21, 2017
  • JALT CALL 2017 – Matsuyama University, Matsuyama, Shikoku, June 16-18, 2017
  • JALT 2017 – Epochal Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, November 17-20, 2017


JALT International – Language Teaching in a Global Age: Shaping the Classroom, Shaping the World

International Communities: Fostering Learner Development on a Global Stage

In the global age, it could be argued that an outward-looking mindset would be an invaluable tool that would embolden students to participate in a worldwide community of English speakers. Teachers can play a role in promoting notions of international awareness, and dialogue with the world outside of Japan. However, if these ideas are to be truly ‘owned’ by students, learners must find their place in the global community. The Learner Development SIG Forum at JALT2017 is based on the theme of fostering international mindsets through autonomous learning both inside and outside the classroom. Presentations in this forum explore teaching and learning both in Japan and abroad, while engaging learners with global issues, contents, language, and experiences that broaden both their global and local perceptions of themselves and other people.

Presenters: Blair Barr – Tamagawa University; Robert Morel – Toyo University; Andy Barfield – Chuo University; Mayumi Abe – Waseda University; Nick Kasparek – Rikkyo University; James Underwood – Gakushuin University; Robert Werner – Ryutsu Keizai University; Martin Cater – J.F. Oberlin University; Nathan Ducker – Miyazaki Municipal University; Debjani Ray – Tokyo University of Science; Jason White – Osaka Gakuin University; Fumiko Kurosawa – Basic English Institute; Colin Rundle – Soka University; Satomi Yoshimuta – International Christian University; Kio Iwai – Rikkyo EDC; Agnes Patko – Kyoto University of Foreign Studies; Ann Flanagan – Ritsumeikan High School; Peter Joun – Tamagawa University

For more details, see the Learner Development Forum page for this event.