[JALT-Announcements] August 1, 2020 Announcements from JALT

William "Bill" Pellowe, JALT Public Relations Director pr at jalt.org
Sat Aug 1 13:01:59 JST 2020

Welcome to this edition of the JALT Announcements newsletter. Technically, this is the July edition, coming out a day late. This past month, many parts of Japan had several days of torrential rain, with terrible flooding in some areas. And as the COVID-19 numbers are rising, we hope that you and your loved ones remain safe. Now that the most disruptive semester that most of us have ever dealt with is ending, and summer is upon us, we hope that you all have the opportunity for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. 

The JALT2020 team has been working very hard on this year's conference, and this newsletter includes a call for volunteers. There has been some confusion about the length of the conference, and we'd like to clear that up. On the website, you can see that JALT2020 is will be Monday, November 16 to Monday, November 23, 2020. This does not mean eight days of morning to evening presentations! Monday the 16th to Thursday the 19th will have evening events such as some of the SIG Annual General Meetings, some roundtables, and possibly an online networking event or two. The conference weekend (Friday the 20th to Monday the 23rd) will be morning to evening, as per usual for one of our conferences. 

In this issue:

1. Get Involved in JALT2020!
2. Reminder: JALT Research Grant Proposal Deadline: September 30th
3. Teacher Journeys 2020 conference: Call for videos
4. Teacher Development SIG Photo Competition
5. 11th Annual ER Seminar (August 22)
6. PALT Webinar: "Language Assessment in the New Normal" (August 8)
7. Upcoming JALT Events
8. New JALT Publications (TLT, CEFR and Language Portfolio SIG)


Get Involved in JALT2020! Help with Room Hosting, and YouTube Editing and Uploading

JALT2020 will be needing room hosts for this conference as well as people to help edit and upload a good number of YouTube videos. While we have a rough idea for what the schedule is looking like, we want to start recruiting people to help with room hosting and YouTube videos. Knowing we have people on board will help our Coordinators deal with scheduling training sessions, make protocols, and figure possible rotation schedules. So, please look at this Google form (see link below) and complete it if you are willing to help with these jobs. The form references both jobs. We would appreciate a response as soon as possible.


Reminder: JALT Research Grant Proposal Deadline: September 30th

Each year, JALT awards up to three grants for a maximum of 100,000 yen each for research on language teaching in Japan. Only JALT members who have no outside funding sources to conduct research are eligible to apply. The goal of the grants is to support language teachers in their professional development and to encourage teachers to engage in classroom-based research. Grant applications are collected each summer and vetted by the JALT Research Grants Committee. Winners of the grants receive funding before the start of the following school year during which they conduct their studies, provide quarterly reports, and receive guidance from the committee. Following the completion of the research, winners are invited to give presentations on their projects at the JALT national conference and to publish a paper in the Language Teacher. The deadline for proposals for projects is September 30th, 2020.

Details and application can be found on the JALT Research Grants website. http://jalt.org/researchgrants


Teacher Journeys 2020 conference: Call for videos

The TD SIG and the West Tokyo chapter are curating a collection of pre-recorded videos sharing responses to teaching in these new circumstances, under the title of "Experiences in Remote Teaching." These videos will be shared on the Teacher Journeys 2020 conference site and YouTube from late summer to early fall. A rolling vetting process for proposals is now open, ending on August 15. Once accepted, videos will then start to be posted on the conference site through September onwards. To submit, and for more details about possible presentation topics, please visit the Teacher Journeys 2020 conference website: https://sites.google.com/view/teacherjourneys2020/home


Teacher Development SIG Photo Competition

The Teacher Development SIG is pleased to announce its very first photo competition! Two winning photographs will be used in the first journal issue of 2021 and in the January 2021 newsletter. All interested JALT members are invited to submit an original photograph related to (life in) Japan. The competition is open from August to September, but early submissions are welcome. The two winning photographs will be announced by December. Please visit our website for more information: 
The TD SIG looks forward to your submissions!


11th Annual ER Seminar (August 22)

The JALT ER SIG’s 11th Annual Seminar will be held online (via Zoom) in conjunction with the Japanese Extensive Reading Association (JERA) on August 22nd, 2020. Richard Day will be the plenary. For full details, please see the 11th Annual Seminar page: 


PALT Webinar: "Language Assessment in the New Normal" (August 8)

The Philippine Association for Language Teaching, Inc. would like to invite you and your members to register for the webinar titled, "Language Assessment in the New Normal" to be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on August 8, 2020.

This webinar will feature two presentations. The first, "Student Assessment in Online Courses", will be delivered by Dr. Rosario I. Alonzo, Former Dean, College of Education, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. The second talk, "Educational Technology in Language Assessment," will be presented by Mr. Francis Jim Tuscano, Apple Professional Learning Specialist, EdTech Coordinator, and Chair of the Religious and Values Education Department of the Elementary Unit of Xavier School, San Juan City.

If you are interested to join, please register using this updated form: 

Please note that signing up does not guarantee you a slot. In case the maximum number of participants is exceeded, priority will be given to PALT members and those who registered early. At least a day before the event, we will send you the link to the webinar to your e-mail if you have been selected.


Upcoming JALT Events

Please see the JALT calendar: https://jalt.org/events for updates and additions to this list of upcoming events in JALT:

Call for Proposals Dealine: Aug 15 for the Teacher Development SIG's Teacher Journeys 2020: Experiences in Emergency Remote Teaching

Aug 1 Gifu Chapter (online): Learning to Reflect: A discussion of reflective practice methods and levels.

Aug 5 Kyoto Chapter (online): Social Justice Book Club

Aug 20 CEFR and Language Portfolio SIG (online): English as a lingua franca and the CEFR-CV

Sep 1 Hokkaido Chapter (hybrid in person and online): 2020 Hokkaido Moodle Summer Workshops (HMSW)

Sep 19 Nagoya Chapter (in person): From Visual Writing to Thinking Writing

Sep 26 Study Abroad SIG (online): Study Abroad SIG Online Conference 2020


New JALT Publications

JALT has released The Language Teacher, Issue 44.4; July 2020 https://jalt.org/main/tlt

The CEFR and Language Portfolio SIG has released CEFR Journal - Research and Practice: Volume 2. This volume features CEFR-related contributions from various contexts and countries. https://cefrjapan.net/journal


Best regards,

Bill Pellowe
JALT Director of Public Relations
On behalf of the JALT BoD
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