LD SIG Forums

LD SIG Forums

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LD SIG Forums in 2017

The LD SIG Programs Team will once again be aiming to hold 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

Deadline for LD Forum Proposals has been extended to an absolute deadline of Friday, May 12th

Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Epochal Tsukuba)

November 17-20

The Learner Development SIG programs team is excited to invite you to submit proposals for the Learner Development SIG Forum at the JALT International Conference taking place at Epochal Tsukuba in Tsukuba, Ibaraki (about an hour north of Tokyo) from November 17 to 20.  The theme of this years forum is International Communities: Fostering Learner Development on a Global Stage.

  • Have you used any activities that helped students develop an international mindset?
  • Do you promote inter-cultural awareness in your classes?
  • Is there an international exchange program or study abroad experience that you could report on?
  • Do you have any advice for the teacher trying to implement an increased international awareness in their classroom?


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. The teacher 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, and we are seeking presentations in this area. Presentations could be based on completed or ongoing research in this area, or practical teaching ideas from a range of teaching and learning contexts.


The Learner Development SIG offers a variety of grants for members, including grants to support attendance at the JALT2017 Conference. See the grants homepage for further details: http://ld-sig.org/grants/


Applicants are asked to carefully consider their topics as they relate the theme of the forum.  Applicants who best reflect this theme will be given priority. In some situations, applicants might be asked to re-submit their abstracts to better reflect the theme.

Please complete the application, including a title and an abstract, by the deadline of FRIDAY, MAY 12th.



PanSIG 2017

The Call for proposals is now closed

Akita International University in Akita from May 19 to 21

Visualizing Learner Development

This year’s Learner Development SIG Forum gives participants a chance to expand their interests by focusing on a variety of topics related to student development. Focusing both on research and practice-based topics, the forum will highlight different aspects of autonomous learning, visual metaphors, meta-cognitive strategies, and important non-cognitive factors in learning. Timed rounds of interactive presentations will be followed by a discussion circle, giving participants the opportunity to synthesize information from the presentations with their own experiences assisting learner growth.

Arnold F. Arao, Non-Cognitive Factors in Student Development

Daniel Hooper, Testing the waters: Gauging the viability of autonomous language learning in an eikaiwa

Mathew Porter, Collaborative Reflection Using a Visual Metaphor

Robert Morel, Student responses to learning strategy instruction




Call for presenters is closed.

Matsuyama University in Shikoku from June 16 to 18

Learners in the Digital Age

This Learner Development SIG Forum at JALTCALL 2017 is an inclusive, participant-friendly event featuring ideas for integrating language learning technology in the classroom and beyond while maintaining the focus on the learner. In the computer- and mobile-assisted language learning classroom, it is easy to focus on computer applications as solely tools for teaching and easing the management of large groups of students. However, with this focus, teachers can easily lose sight of the individuals adopting these tools as autonomous learners both inside and outside of the class. In this forum, timed rounds of interactive presentations about language learners engaging with CALL tools such as online tests, digital flashcards, blogs, and video-sharing websites will be followed by a discussion circle. At this time, participants will be given an opportunity to reflect on the presentations while sharing their own research experiences, puzzles, and narratives about learner growth and language development through the use of technology.

Lee Arnold (Seigakuin University),  Blogs as informal LMSs for class and course assignment contextualization and publication

Blair Barr & Brett Milliner (Tamagawa University), Online testing for learner feedback and development

David Gann (Tokyo University of Science), Card Trick Instructional Videos and Online Language Learning Resources for Rescuing a Dying Class

Daniel Hougham(Hiroshima University), Using Quizlet to promote learner development