LINGUIST List 31.674

Mon Feb 17 2020

Confs: Applied Ling, Disc Analysis, Lang Acquisition, Text/Corpus Ling/Japan

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 15-Feb-2020
From: William Pellowe <>
Subject: JALT2020: 46th Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning
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JALT2020: 46th Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning
Short Title: JALT2020

Date: 20-Nov-2020 - 23-Nov-2020
Location: Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Contact: Wayne Malcolm
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Community plays an important role in language education, both inside and outside classrooms, and will take centre stage at JALT2020. The theme of this year's conference encourages participants to reflect on the importance of community, explore ways we can strengthen our professional communities and help students enhance their learning communities. We welcome sessions on any area of language education and professional development, particularly those which address the theme: Communities of Teachers and Learners. We are opening our call to teachers, students, administrators, publishers, and others who have an interest in learning about and shaping language education in Japan and beyond.

JALT meets Wenger’s (2006) three crucial characteristics of communities of practice: “shared domain of interest”, engagement in joint activities and discussions, and shared practice. Many people in the JALT community share the same interests of professionally developing as language educators and helping others to develop, with a common goal of improving the educational opportunities of the force that drives this community: language learners. By bringing together people who have different backgrounds and expertise, JALT2020 can move us closer to that goal and help us to make that community thrive. We welcome people with all levels of experience and believe that all participants have something valuable to share with others. Join us to share your stories, experiences, research, questions and passion for our vibrant field.

This year, we are making a special call for collaboration. Sessions by sole presenters are still welcome but we want to encourage collaboration before and during the conference by calling for more joint sessions.

We will also be offering a number of sessions that aim to foster networking opportunities, such as:
- An orientation session for new JALT International Conference participants
- A meet and greet for Japan-based and internationally-based educators
- A session for finding a partner for your JALT2021 proposal
Ideas for other sessions are welcome through this website’s contact form.

Session Types:

- Research-Oriented Presentation (25 or 60 minutes):
This type of presentation should include a clearly indicated research topic, a brief literature review, an overview of the research methodology and findings, and a discussion of the implications for theory and/or practice. A significantly larger proportion of 25-minute sessions will be accepted.

- Practice-Oriented Workshop (25 or 60 minutes):
This type of session shows, as well as describes, a technique for teaching, testing, or other education-related matters. This should be a hands-on professional development session that gives attendees the opportunity to learn to do something new. A significantly larger proportion of 25-minute sessions will be accepted.

Forum (60 or 90 minutes):
Multiple presenters give presentations on a similar topic. A forum can also be convened as a panel discussion (6 presenters maximum). Each JALT SIG can submit one unvetted forum (Deadline – Sunday, May 17, 2020.)

Poster Session (90 minutes):
Poster presentations with charts, graphs, illustrations, and summaries convey information quickly and effectively and allow for short, informal discussion between the presenter(s) and attendees, as attendees circulate within the poster-session area. Poster sessions serve as an important and interactive forum for sharing professional ideas and for receiving feedback. Poster exhibits are set up side-by-side within the session area during the hour before the session and dismantled within the hour afterward. No audiovisual equipment (e.g., no projectors or screens) will be provided.

Roundtable Exchange (75 minutes):
This session type gives participants an opportunity to share and discuss work in progress or emerging ideas in theory and practice with other presenters and a small audience in an informal roundtable format. Roundtable Exchanges allow for stimulating conversations and networking opportunities among participants on shared interests. Individual proposals will be grouped into roundtables clustered around shared topics. Roundtable Exchanges will be held in a large room with several discussions taking place at the same time at different tables. Presentations will be delivered in turn for no more than 10 minutes each, followed by a 5-minute Q & A. After all presentations, participants will engage in extended discussion with the other attendees at the table. One presenter will volunteer to serve as a timekeeper. No audiovisual equipment (e.g., no projectors or screens) will be provided.

For more information on session types and how to submit, please visit

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