Tokyo Get-togethers

Next Get-together Sunday April 23 2017, Rikkyo University, Ikebukero

The get-together will be taking place in Building 7, Room 7204. This is our first time get-together at Rikkyo University, so please be sure to check the directions carefully (and/or email us at <ldsigtokyogettogethers AT MARK gmail DOT com>).

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. A typical get-together goes something like this:

14.00-14.15  Mingling and meeting in pairs

14.15-14.30  Sharing of people’s learner development interests and deciding pairs/groups and areas of focus

14.30-15.15  Pair and small-group discussions

15.15-15.30  Short break

15.30-16.30  Pair and small-group discussions, and next steps

16.30-17.00  Sharing with the whole group, announcements, the next get-together

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. Click here to read get-together reports from previous get-togethers in 2017. For the historical archive of get-together reports from March 2011 to December 2016, please go here.

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.

For more information, feel free to contact us at <ldsigtokyogettogethers AT MARK gmail DOT com>.

The dates for the 2017 get-togethers are as follows:

  • Sunday 23 April 14.00-17.00, Rikkyo University, Building 7, Room 7204
  • Sunday 28 May 14.00-17.00, Rikkyo University, Building 7, Room 7204
  • Sunday 25 June 14.00-17.00, Rikkyo University, Building 7, Room 7204
  • Sunday 24 September 14.00-17.00, venue TBA
  • Sunday 29 October 14.00-17.00, venue TBA
  • Sunday 17 December 12.00 to 17.30, venue TBA: Creating Community Learning Together 4 (CCLT4), an informal afternoon conference for learners and teachers.