Registration Open for SAC Tour at KIFL

5 10 2014

Registration is now open for the SAC Tour of the recently renewed SAC facilities at Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages (KIFL) Tokyo on Saturday November 22nd, 2014.

See the event home page for more information.

Event participation is free, but we kindly ask all attendees to pre-register by Thursday, November 20th, so we can have a good idea of numbers for the event. Please use the form available on the event home page to register.

Hope to see you in November!

Announcing the JASAL Forum at JALT 2014 (Tsukuba, 23rd Nov. 2014)

15 07 2014

The JASAL forum, held annually at the JALT conference, has now been confirmed. We have a great line up for you this year.

Title: Self-access conversations: beyond classroom border

Day: Sunday, 23 November 2014

Time: 5:40 PM-7:10 PM

Room: 202 B

This year we have 4 presentations from members that will be followed by a group discussion. This year’s presentation topics are setting up a new centre, attracting new users, tips for running a SAC smoothly and issues in evaluating self-access, and we welcome any issue for discussion. We hope to see many JASAL members there!

For more details, see the JASAL Forum 2014 page.

Event: SAC tour at Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages

15 07 2014
Join us before JALT 2014 Conference for a tour of the recently renewed SAC (VISTA ACT & VISTA SILC) of Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages. The tour will be followed by an opportunity for discussion of SALL-related issues between participants. Feel free to raise any topic that you’d like to discuss –  setting up a center, student involvement/training, learning advising, or any other matters affecting your work! Tea and cookies will be provided. Stop by before hopping on the train to Tsukuba! Both members and non-members are welcome! Registration starts next semester.
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time: 10-12 am 
Fee: Free
Venue: Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages (KIFL)  (Building 3 &Room number 3-201)
Transportation: 3 minute walk from Kanda Station (JR:west exit/Ginza Line). Kanda Station is one stop from Tokyo station and Akihabara station (Kanda station is on the way to Akihabara station where you get on Tsukuba Express to go to JALT) (map)


Final Call For Papers DRAL2/ILA Bangkok, June 2014

30 01 2014

A quick reminder to JASAL members that submission for the Independent Learning Association conference (ILA 2014) are due on 31st January.

Anyone who has attended previous ILA conferences in Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand will know that they are excellent opportunities to share ideas with others involved in independent learning, and there are always lots of self-access themed presentations, unlike traditional teaching conferences.

Conference website:

The conference will be held from June 12th -14th , 2014 at School of Liberal Arts<>, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT)<>, Bangkok 10140, Thailand

Submission of abstracts:
For papers – 150-200 words.
For poster presentations and a forum for novice researchers – 100-150 words.

Training workshop on Learning Advising

27 01 2014
<Training workshop in Tokyo> 
For those who are interested in Learning Advising, Satoko Kato and Hisako Yamashita, learning advisors at Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages will be conducting a 3-day training workshop on March 11-13 in Tokyo. The training workshop is a special course provided by the MA TESOL Program at Graduate School of Kanda University of International Studies.
Anyone interested in language advising, coaching, or one-to-one dialogue with English language learners to foster self-directed learning is welcome.The workshop will be conducted in Japanese, and your active participation is appreciated.
For details, please see the link below.

SAC visit at SPACe, Soka University

19 11 2013

JASAL is happy to announce that it will run a Self-Access Centre visit, hosted by Soka University, on Friday 22nd November at 3pm. Our thanks go to Danny Sasaki and Yukiko Ishikawa who are hosting this event.

Soka University in Tokyo have recently opened a new state-of-the-art facility, SPACe, and are offering a tour and a chance for JASAL members to discuss self-access issues in an informal setting on Friday 22nd November, from 3pm, the day before the JALT Learner Development SIG conference in Tokyo. Soka University is a short bus ride from Hachioji station, which is 40 minutes from Shinjuku station on the Chuo line. More details about SPACe can be found on its website:


Photos from JASAL 2013 Kobe are up!

5 11 2013

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Forum this year – you really made it a great success! Photos and abstracts can be found here, under the conference tab. Soon, we will have links to the posters and slides from many of the presenters.


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