Featured Speaker Presentations

Featured speakers are sponsored by SIGs or other participating organizations.

Stop The World, Start The Words: How Poetry Can Help

Paul HullahPaul Hullah, sponsored by the LiLT SIG

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm, room B-103

Language has many registers. The more registers L2 learners can comfortably inhabit, the better. Poetic language -- judiciously selected, lovingly pruned -- is one such register. Depriving learners of access to it limits their expressive potential. They may not use it in everyday situations, but to have it in their locker as an option renders them more linguistically empowered. By explaining how best to incorporate 'literature' into classroom learning and outlining several benefits, I want to demonstrate that poetry is an inspiring tonic for jaded students and bleary educators, replete with special desirable qualities that a worthwhile curriculum should contain and explore.

A Serial Multiple-Choice Vocabulary Test Format

Tim StoeckelTim Stoeckel, sponsored by the Vocab SIG and the TEVAL SIG

Sunday , 21 May 2017, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, room D-206

The Vocabulary Size Test (VST) was designed to measure the vocabulary needed for reading (Nation, 2012). Researchers have argued, however, that the lexical knowledge needed for the multiple-choice format of the VST (meaning recognition) fundamentally differs from that which is needed in authentic reading (meaning recall) (Stewart, 2014). Studies comparing the VST to meaning recall measures have found that the VST produces significantly higher scores (Zhang 2013). The presenter introduces and describes a pilot study of a "serial multiple-choice" test format designed to address this issue. The forum then opens for broader discussion of future directions in vocabulary assessment.

Students’ Study Abroad Financial Problems

Simon HumphriesSimon Humphries (Kansai University), sponsored by the BizCom SIG

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 4:15 pm - 4:45 pm, room D-104

All students in the Faculty of Foreign Language Studies at Kansai University are required to study abroad for approximately 10 months during their second year, but one daunting aspect of this experience is how to deal with financial problems. After returning from their study abroad, 18 students responded to an online anonymous questionnaire that asked them to describe their: (a) financial disagreement; (b) attempts to negotiate; (c) level of satisfaction from the outcome; and (d) advice to future students. Based on their responses, the presenter will suggest intercultural negotiation strategies.

Tokyo JALT Outreach Presentation

Christopher NicklinChristopher Nicklin (Rikkyo University), sponsored by Tokyo JALT

Sunday, 21 May 2017, 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm, room D-201

In this forum, I will explain the outreach work that Tokyo JALT has conducted over the previous year. This work involves making contact with chapters and SIGs to offer reciprocal promotion of events, speaker exchanges, and opportunities to cosponsor speakers for events. I will discuss what has been achieved so far and reveal plans for 2017. Additionally, I will moderate a discussion about ways that JALT chapters and SIGs can help each other and ideas for future events and collaborations.

JASAL Forum at PanSIG 2017: Open Discussion Forum on Self-Access Learning

Andrew TweedAndrew D. Tweed (Meijo University)

Saturday, 20 May 2017, 10:30 am - 11:30 am, room D-202

The Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL) is devoted to promoting self-access language learning in Japan. In this open discussion forum, participants will have opportunities to share, learn, and ask questions about self-access language learning, running self-access centers and fostering learner autonomy. The discussion topics will be generated by the participants. Topics could include setting up a center, curriculum integration, student involvement/training, learning advising, or any other issues participants would like to discuss. As we see great increase in institutions implementing self-access learning, we are excited to see many new ideas being shared and explored together.