SIG Forums at PanSIG 2017

SIG Forums are events that the SIGs themselves organize for the conference.

Bilingualism SIG Forum

Being Bilingual: Parents' And Children's Perspectives
Tim Greer1, Brian Gaynor2, Martin Spivey3
1Kobe University; 2Muroran Institute of Technology; 3Redwood English
Sunday, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Most parents were not brought up bilingually themselves, so they cannot always fall back on the child-rearing practices their parents used. In addition, Japanese expectations about what parenting involves can sometimes be different to those of English-speaking cultures, which can lead to conflict between parents about the "right" way to do things. The Bilingualism SIG's forum features a panel of parents who will discuss issues related to bilingual parenting, including: finding a family language policy; dealing with reticence to use one of the languages; visiting the country of the minority culture; and negotiating different opinions about bilingualism with spouses.

Computer Assisted Language Learning SIG Forum

Paul Raine, Jon Gorham, Bob Ashcroft
Sunday, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Are you keen to increase educational engagement in your classroom using technology? Are you looking for the best ways to leverage student's own devices, or to make the most of your time in the computer room? Whatever your ed-tech powered pedagogical goals may be, the CALL SIG Forum has something for you. Join a selection of expert speakers in Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) at this year's CALL SIG Forum.

College and University Educators SIG Forum

Expanding Students' Interest in English with an Eye on Global Citizenry
Wendy Gough, Daniel Newbury, James Dunn, Kinsella Valies
Saturday, 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Fostering and sustaining intrinsic motivation can be challenging in EFL environments, where learners may struggle to connect English to their post-graduate ambitions. As such, language educators are tasked with keeping a dual focus: language teaching and learner motivation. Connecting current learning with the distant horizon is no easy task. Presenters will discuss creative pedagogical methods that promote sustained interest inside the classroom and provide practical applications in the real world.

Critical Thinking SIG Forum

2017 Critical Thinking SIG PanSIG Forum
James DeWitt Dunn1, David A. Gann2, Hiroshi Nakagawa1, Yumi Chikamori Gomez3, Wayne Devitte1, Adam Gyenes4
1Tokai University; 2Tokyo University of Science; 3Rikkyo University; 4Ryutsu Keizai University
Sunday, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
This year's CT SIG Forum is mixing things up a bit with 6 modified PetchaKucha style presentations (12 slides of 30 seconds each) which will allow attendees to hear 6 inspiring stories of implementing critical thinking into the language learning classroom. We are excited to share this event with you to help you broaden your understanding of critical thinking as it applies to the language learning classroom and give you useful activities and insight to take with you back to your classroom. Come join us for a useful and exciting forum at PanSIG 2017!

Extensive Reading SIG Forum

ER SIG Forum: Assessment of Extensive Reading
Thomas Bieri1, Mark Brierley2, Tom Robb3, Joanne Sato4
1Nanzan University; 2Shinshu University; 3Kyoto Sangyo University; 4Toyo University
Sunday, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The evidence for including Extensive Reading (ER) in a language curriculum is growing (citations needed). However, teachers face the difficult task of assessing their students' reading. In this forum sponsored by the Extensive Reading Special Interest Group, four practitioners will share their expertise on how to effectively assess an ER program. The audience is invited to join an open discussion following the presentations.

Framework and Language Portfolio SIG Forum

Designing a CEFR-informed Toolkit
Maria Gabriela Schmidt1, Noriko Nagai2, Naoyuki Naganuma3, Morten Hunke4
1University of Tsukuba; 2Ibaraki University; 3Tokai University; 4Aoyama gakuin University
Sunday, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Teachers are in the center for implementing CEFR informed foreign language teaching. This is the result of a survey conducted in 2014/2015. This forum wants to introduce the design of an online portal-site which aims to help teachers to find their way effectively through available CEFR tools. The problem is how to use the CEFR related and already available resources efficiently. The needs of teachers who are engaged in innovative language education reforms based on the CEFR have to be addressed. The Forum will discuss this emerging task. The new Kaken-project aims to design a portal site, a user-friendly hands-on support system.

Gender Awareness in Language Education SIG Forum

Expanding Gender
Tanja McCandie1, Amanda Gillis-Furutaka2, Julie Kimura3
1Meijo University; 2Kyoto Sangyo University; 3Temple University Japan
Saturday, 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
This forum will examine gender in Japan from three different perspectives. Tanja McCandie will look at the imbalance within JALT concerning gender and ethnic representation and discuss how JALT could adapt to better suit the needs and interests of many of its members. Amanda Gillis-Furutaka will discuss the cultural concept of 'kawaii', its history, the positive and negative connotations of 'kawai' and the characteristics that designate both males and females as 'kawai'. Julie Kimura will discuss how feminist theory may be applied to female foreign language teachers in Japan who are all from inner circle countries and of European descent.

Global Issues in Language Education SIG Forum

GILE SIG Forum: Expanding Global Education
Jennie Roloff Rothman1, E. Bosio2, B. Matsui3, A. Abe3
1Kanda University of International Studies; 2University College London; 3Akita International University
Sunday, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
​In this forum, both student and teacher will have the opportunity to expand their potential regarding teaching for global education. A university educator, Emiliano Bosio will be speaking about Implementing Principles of Global Citizenship Education into a University Curricula. Two students from Akita International University, Baku Matsui and Arisa Ibe, will also be sharing their experiences with project-based learning activities and discuss how it linked with their language learning and how teachers can utilize students with such international experience such as theirs.


JASAL logoJASAL Forum at PanSIG 2017: Open Discussion Forum on Self-Access Learning
​A. D. Tweed1, K. Thornton2
1Meijo University; 2Otemon Gakuin University
Saturday, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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 centres 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.

Learner Development SIG Forum

Visualizing Learner Development
Robert Morel, Daniel Hooper, Mathew Porter, Arnold F. Arao
Learner Development SIG
Saturday, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
This year's Learner Development SIG Forum gives participants a chance to expand their interests by focusing on a variety of topics related to student development. Focusing both on research and practice-based topics, the forum will highlight different aspects of autonomous learning, visual metaphors, meta-cognitive strategies, and important non-cognitive factors in learning. Timed rounds of interactive presentations will be followed by a discussion circle, giving participants the opportunity to synthesize information from the presentations with their own experiences assisting learner growth.

Lifelong Learning SIG Forum

Lifelong Learning for Recreational Athletes and Teachers
Joseph Vincent Dias1, Nicholas Lambert2, Kazuko Namba3
1Aoyama Gakuin University; 2Toyo University; 3Aoyama Gakuin University
Saturday, 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm
Nicholas Lambert will speak about the English communication needs and limitations of recreational sport participants at all ages based on extended interviews he conducted in Japan and New Zealand of professional and amateur sport coaches, instructors, and trainers. Since fitness and sport are important lifelong activities that are frequently carried out in intercultural contexts, English communication skills play a key performance role. Joseph Dias and Kazuko Namba will speak about how TED Talks can be used by teachers to extend their lifelong learning opportunities in much the same way that reading circles have established communities of lifelong learners.

Literature in Language Teaching SIG Forum

Literature in Language Teaching Forum
T. McIlroy1, P. Hullah2, G. McNabb3, Q. H. Aoki4, S. Bibby5, A. Iida6
1Meiji University, 2Meiji Gakuin University, 3Shizuoka Institute of Science and Technology, 4Sophia University, 5Kobe Shoin Women's University, 6Gunma University
Sunday, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
In this forum, we will have a selection of presenters talking together about issues of interest to the SIG and anyone teaching with literature.

  1. Paul Hullah - Forum Chair
  2. Quenby Hoffman Aoki - Revisiting literature as authentic content: Encouraging reader response in Japanese universities
  3. Atsushi Iida - Poetry and Japanese L2 learners
  4. Simon Bibby - Literature and language teaching: Reviewing the major textbooks.
  5. Gregg McNabb - to talk about the LiLT SIG Journal
  6. Tara McIlroy - The Literature in Language Teaching SIG's current position and future

Materials Writers SIG Forum

Please see the Pragmatics SIG Forum for details.

Mind Brain and Education SIG Forum

Mind Brain Education Forum
Amanda Joan Gillis-Furutaka
Kyoto Sangyo University
Sunday, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
This forum will provide our members with the opportunity to "Expand your Interests". We will start with a 30-minute presentation followed by questions and discussion for 15 minutes. Next, there will be three ten-minute rounds of short presentations on brain-related concepts connected to learning and teaching languages and talks about books that members would like to introduce to others. The short talks will run concurrently, so the audience for each talk will be small and everyone will have the chance to listen to three different topics.

Other Language Educators SIG Forum

Expand Your Languages (Beyond Your First Foreign Language)
Margit Krause-Ono1, Maria Gabriela Schmidt2, Morten Hunke3, Monika Szirmai4
1Muroran Institute of Technology; 2Hiroshima International University
Saturday, 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
The presentations in this forum will shed light on various situations, the teaching, and education of other foreign languages mainly at university level in Japan. Among others, some of the following questions will be tackled: What are the advantages of (even very basic) multilingualism? Which tendencies can be seen at universities? What does MEXT expect of the CEFR and how does CEFR transform language teaching? How to integrate intercultural communication into language teaching? How to align the teaching of several foreign languages? Students' voices as well as strategies to keep, and possibly expand the teaching of other foreign languages.

Pragmatics SIG Forum

Materials Writing with a Pragmatic Focus
Simon Capper1, Chie Kawashima2, Yosuke Yosuke3
1The Japanese Red Cross, Hiroshima College of Nursing; 2MacQuarie University & Tochigi Technical High School; 3Tokai University International Education Center
Sunday, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
One area where pragmatics can--and should--play a significant role is in the production of materials for students and teachers. When students speak in a stilted and 'textbook' way, it is noticeable, and it does not present the student in a positive light. This forum will share ways that materials can be made more 'appropriately pragmatic' and it should help teachers get a solid sense of what they can do at the ground level.

School Owners SIG Forum

School Owners SIG Forum
Ryan Hagglund
School Owners' SIG
Sunday, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
As at JALT National and last year's PanSIG, this will be an opportunity for owners to gather together and discuss/debate different issues related to the business side of running a language school. Previous issues discussed have included teacher contracts, school culture, and teacher policies.

Speech Drama and Debate SIG Forum

Speech, Drama and Debate SIG Forum
Gordon Rees1, David Kluge2, Vivian Bussinguer-Khavari3, Yukari Saiki4, Jason White5
1Yokkaichi University; 2Nanzan University; 3Kwansei Gakuin University; 4Tokai University; 5Osaka Gakuin University
Sunday, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
The Speech, Drama and Debate SIG Forum will provide a venue to share ideas on how teachers are "expanding their interests" in the classroom through the use of oral interpretation/reader's theater, speech, drama, and debate. Presentations will be given in the Japanese "kamishibai" format. "Kamishibai" is a form of Japanese street theater and storytelling that was popular during the Depression of the 1930's and through the post-war period until television became widespread. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session. Lastly, we will break into discussion groups based on participants' interest, each group with a specific theme of speech, drama or debate.

Study Abroad SIG Forum

Expanding Interests in Study Abroad
Paul Horness1, Alexander McAulay2, Nobue Inoue3, Todd Thorpe4
1Atomi University; 2Yokohama National University; 3Niigata University of Management; 4Kindai University
Saturday, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Study abroad in Japanese universities has expanded and diversified in recent years. The members of the forum invite you to discuss these changes. Some of the issues that will be discussed are establishing programs beyond short-term stays, the role of tourism, where are students getting their information, and foreign students study abroad experience in Japan. Of course the panel members would like to hear from the audience as well.

Teachers Helping Teachers SIG Forum

Innovative Teacher Development -- in Japan and Abroad
Joe Tomei1, Bill Snyder2, Bernadette Denston3, Steve Cornwell4, Jeffrey Morrow5
1Kumamoto Gakuen University; 2Kanda University of International Studies; 3Konan Women's University; 4Osaka Jogakuin University; 5Prefectural University of Kumamoto
​Saturday, 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
In this combined forum, the TDEV SIG and the THT SIG will discuss different aspects of teacher development that have emerged from the work in their respective SIGs, discussing how teacher development has taken place not only in the groups that we have worked with but internally, providing us with different ideas and approaches. This process of development, where external change and internal change are linked, is applicable to other SIGs and we hope to highlight the possibilities that may be transferable to other SIGs.

Teaching Young Learners SIG Forum

Teaching Young Children: The Reading Component with Online Options and Ideas
Marybeth Kamibeppu
Hiroshima International School
Saturday, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
​Teachers of Young Learners are lucky to enjoy read-alouds, storytelling, big books, etc. However, this forum will i expand these choices with examples and discussion with on-line options for reading and extended reading. Raz-kids an on-line treasure chest of books with audio at many levels and other reading programs will be discussed. Please join us in at this interactive forum.

Testing and Evaluation SIG Forum

Please see the Vocabulary SIG Forum for details.

Vocabulary SIG Forum

A Serial Multiple-Choice Vocabulary Test Format
Tim Stoeckel
University of Niigata Prefecture
Sunday, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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.
Tim Stoeckel is co-sponsored by the Vocabulary SIG and the TEVAL (Testing and Evaluation) SIG.