Events

Updated 19 April 2021

Learner Development SIG-related Events 2021

 

Learner Development SIG Forums in 2021

The Learner Development (LD) SIG’s programming team is now accepting presentation proposals for two of the three LD SIG Forums taking place at JALT conferences in 2021: JALT 2021 and JALTCALL 2021. The deadlines for submitting a presentation proposal are coming up soon. Please read the details for each forum and pay special attention to the deadlines and instructions for participating as a presenter in each one. When you are ready, complete the application here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9qr6VVoORvWdZk3PJIfZTKAY2emQf0UUl__FKdjxRx1oEdg/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

(1) JALTCALL 2021 (June 4-6, 2021)

Online Conference

Reimagining Learning Communities Online

We invite all interested presenters to submit a working abstract soon. The application form is also embedded at the bottom of this page.

Submission Deadline: April 23, 2021

Connecting with the theme of the last year with emergency remote teaching, we invite proposals in which presenters explore the development of language learning communities during online classes. In the spring of 2020, we were all suddenly faced with the challenge to bring our institutions of learning to a fully online environment. This undoubtedly challenged the way we interacted, worked, and learned. How did learners and teachers first respond to the emergency? What challenges and questions were encountered? How did learning evolve into a “new normal”? What aspects of this new normal will affect the ways the community will return to classroom learning? In this Learner Development SIG Forum at JALTCALL 2021, we would like to hear what tools were used to navigate the new normal, and what were the challenges and benefits of these tools for the learning community. We welcome digital presentations that explore the use of particular applications or websites with learning groups or individuals. In addition, narratives, interviews, and other explorative research into the social constructs that developed with online learning will also be accepted. Our aim is for presenters and participants to share both the rewards and challenges that we encountered in this period of online teaching and to discuss ideas about how this could challenge future directions to learning and learner development. Depending on the number of presentations, the forum will feature timed rounds of interactive presentations followed by reflective writing and discussion. Presenters and participants will also be invited to contribute writing and related multimedia resources to the LD SIG’s newsletter, Learning Learning.

 

(2) JALT 2021 (November 12-15)
Grandship, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture

Learner Development SIG Identities

We invite all interested presenters to submit a working abstract soon. The application form is also embedded at the bottom of this page.

Submission Deadline: May 1, 2021

LEARNER DEVELOPMENT SIG IDENTITIES
Connecting with the theme of the JALT 2021 conference, Reflections and New Perspectives, we would like to use the forum as an opportunity to look at who we are as a special interest group. What learner development means to us, and what brought us to be a part of the group? Why did we join? What experiences have we valued? What research have we embarked on as individuals or as members of a group? In addition, where are we going as a SIG? How is our interpretation of learner development evolving? What will the future of learner development mean to you or the larger community? A wide range of presentations on learner development are welcome. Presentations can be individual narratives. They may also highlight current research or explore themes that you are considering for the future. Depending on the number of presentations, the forum will feature timed rounds of interactive presentations followed by reflective writing and discussion. Presenters and participants will also be invited to contribute writing and related multimedia resources to the LD SIG’s newsletter, Learning Learning.

 

 

Also, taking place this year is the Learner Development SIG Forum at the PanSIG 2021 conference on the weekend of May 15-16. The details of the forum are currently being finalized. The theme is:

Challenges in Multilingual Learner Development
Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture (Hybrid Face-to-face & Online)

Submission Deadline: CLOSED

Connecting with the theme of “Local and Global Perspectives: Plurilingualism and Multilingualism,” this forum will feature presentations that explore the development of linguistic diversity in learners’ lives and environments, whether within formal education or in the wider world. What affordances and constraints do learners face in developing their linguistic repertoires beyond a simple binary of first and second language? What challenges do they face as multilingual learners and users in participating in different communities and in becoming more autonomous? What peculiar trajectories do learners’ language biographies take, and what dilemmas, questions, or puzzles do they have? Why? In this Learner Development SIG Forum at PanSIG 2021, we would like to explore the challenges and benefits of learning and using multiple languages from diverse perspectives. The forum will feature timed rounds of interactive presentations followed by reflective writing and discussion. Presenters and participants will also be invited to contribute writing and related multimedia resources to the LD SIG’s newsletter, Learning Learning.