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stacey.vye at gmail.com
Fri Oct 1 09:43:26 CDT 2010
Thanks for the input Phil. I agree that there have been more conferences of
quality and quantity in recent years. Maybe because of a natural push for
more professional development due to economic uncertainty, the over
abundance of language teachers and schools in Japan with a decreasing
student population due to lower child births (so more pressure to
publish/stand out/fight to keep a job), and just many darn good
collaborative groups springing to action as well?
Been thinking about re-branding and I feel Autonomy in Language Education
incorporates a broader base of teachers, some of whom work with learners on
content and not just language, which seems more inclusive.
On the other hand, Autonomy in Language Learning keeps the 'learning
word' carried on from our history. I tend now to prefer Autonomy in
Language Education, and realize that ALE = Autonomy in Learning Education
probably sounds too "out there," but combines three key words I
like including learning. But it sounds like we would then be novice group,
but we're all over the spectrum in experience and maybe the wrong concept to
Just thoughts for now and please free to chime in and keep the discussion
Saitama University (CEED)
On Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 6:16 PM, Philip Brown <philza2003 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> For me, Autonomy in Language Education seems to incorporate more relevant
> The low turnout may also be connected to the increasingly busy ELT
> calendar, especially in Tokyo. Oct/Nov used to be 'conference' season when I
> joined JALT in 2005. In the past few years, however, it seems that May/June
> and even July have become a conference season, too!
> Actually, I thought the regular time slot and 3 hours was fine, especially
> given that it takes me over an hour to get there and I'm not really a fan of
> spending more time commuting than being somewhere.
> I like the idea of "More opportunities for presentations at meetings.
> Trial presentations before conferences on research/teaching ideas.-- Break
> the meeting into different interest sections. -- Seek a balance between
> exploring practices and research."
> As for the rest, ditto what Colin said. Good idea to have a one day
> conference, find a nice venue and place for dinner: Pink Cow food it always
> good, but depending on where we are, Cardenas Chinois is awesome, too:
> discuss mailing list
> discuss at ld-sig.org
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