(1) JALTCALL 2018Meijo University (Dome-Mae Campus), Nagoya (June 8-10)Submission Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2018 (strict deadline)
Navigating Language Development: How are learners evolving with language learning technology?
This Learner Development SIG Forum at JALTCALL 2018 is an interactive event featuring innovative approaches for facilitating independent learner development with the use of technology in the classroom and beyond. The aim of this forum is to view the technology from the perspective of learners. For this forum, the Learner Development Programmes Team is seeking presenters with posters or hands-on presentations that highlight learners use of technology in their language learning development. This could include narratives, surveys, or overviews of learners using CALL tools for classroom learning, self-access centers, homework, or as autonomous learners outside of class.
In this forum, timed rounds of presentations will be followed by a reflection period where participants will be given an opportunity to discuss the presentations while sharing their own research experiences, puzzles, and narratives about learner growth and language development through the use of technology.
Applicants to this forum should specify exactly what technology, websites, LMS, or other CALL tools they or the learners are using.
Note: Presenters for this forum are required to register on the JALTCALL system (https://member.jaltcall.org/auth/reg) in order for the programmes team to complete the registration for the Learner Development Forum. We would appreciate your proactivity with this matter.
(2) JALT2018 INTERNATIONALShizuoka Convention & Arts Center (Granship), Shizuoka City (November 23-26)Submission Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2018 (strict deadline)
The deadline for this SIG Forum has been moved much earlier this year, so please be aware that you will need submit abstracts before you take your long spring break.
Forum Title: Bringing Learners Together
Keeping with the 2018 JALT National Conference theme, this year’s LD SIG Forum will focus on what happens when learners take the opportunity to interact and connect with other people. In addition to considering encounters between learners in the same class, possible topics could examine learners of differing nationalities, language backgrounds, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, or status levels, such as teacher-student connections. The Learner Development SIG Programs Team is seeking presenters with posters or hands-on presentations related to this theme. Interested presenters are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly while keeping a focus on learners collaborating, encountering differences, and coming together. Narratives, surveys, interviews, and classroom-based research are all welcome. Timed rounds of poster presentations will be followed by a discussion period where participants will be given an opportunity to reflect on the presentations while sharing their own research experiences, puzzles, and narratives about learner growth coming from encounters and interaction with others.
GRANTSThe Learner Development SIG offers a variety of grants for members, including grants to support attendance at the Pan-SIG Conference. See the grants homepage for further details: http://ld-sig.org/grants/
COMPLETING THE PROPOSAL Please complete the application, including the forum you wish to present in, a title, and a 100- to 150-word working abstract.Both English and Japanese submissions are welcome.