Learner Development SIG Forum for the 2017 JALT International Conference
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 JALT 2017 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 JALT CALL 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 MONDAY, MAY 1st.

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