PanSIG is grateful for the support it receives from the sponsors of the PanSIG conference. In JALT, we call our sponsors "AMs", which stands for "Associate Members." AMs support JALT through their membership fees, advertisements, sponsored presentations at chapter, SIG and national events, exhibition space at the various JALT conferences across Japan, and many other ways. For a full list of JALT's AMs, please see the AM page on the National JALT site. A special thank-you goes out to the following AMs, who have graciously donated their time and resources to support the 2017 PanSIG conference:

Also, a very special thank-you to Akita International University for becoming a cosponsor (or supporting institution, 協賛) of PanSIG 2017. AIU has generously agreed to cover the costs of the shuttle busses, and we are grateful for their support.

Sponsored and Commercial Presentations

Helping Students Discover Conversation

Andy Boon (englishbooks.jp) 

Conversation is the foundation of human communication. The new textbook, Discover Conversation, gets students involved in analyzing near-authentic spoken discourse. First, essential scaffolding is provided as students are introduced to and practice the moves that make up typical conversations. The students then listen to, analyze, and code the moves for a near-authentic conversation. They then undertake their own similar conversations in class. Finally, students transcribe their best dialogs providing a record of their conversational development.

Challenge, Motivate, and Collaborate in your Class with the New DSB: Digital Student Book

Darren Halliday (Macmillan Education Japan)

With the aim of improving the teaching experience and students' interaction with their English language learning materials, we are very happy to give you an overview of our brand-new digital component "DSB". The new digital offering for the Macmillan adult series, Skillful and Breakthrough Plus, has now been upgraded to ensure both teachers and students can effectively integrate the activities and tools found in the page-faithful & digital version of the course book, into personalized learning experiences.

Publishing in an Academic Journal: Answers from the Editor

Robert Kirkpatrick (Macmillan Education Japan (Springer))

As editor of Language Testing in Asia, the presenter explains the ins and outs of submitting a manuscript to an international journal. It will be of interest to those academics ready to begin their first submission or who have extensive publications. It discusses what the editors look for, what reviewers expect, and also what to do if major revisions are requested. The presentation also contrasts the gold open access model as used by SpringerOpen with so called "predatory journals." It explains the blind review process and finally looks at the extensive formatting and checking that each final manuscript undergoes pre-publication.

Getting Students Researching and Writing

Andy Boon (Nellie's Ltd.)

Project work can be a powerful means of empowering students to take their learning beyond the borders of the classroom to examine and research the world outside. This presentation will discuss how to go about equipping students with basic qualitative research skills so they can begin to develop research questions, collect and analyze data, write up their findings, and then share their research with their classmates. Examples from the classroom will be provided. The presentation will also provide an overview of the Macmillan textbook, Research & Write.

In My Life: Empowering, Motivating, and Effective

David Kluge (Nellie's Ltd.)

In My Life, a communication textbook (conversation and presentations), is empowering because the content of the book is the life of each student in class—the student knows what the teacher does not know, thus empowering the student. It is motivating in that the main homework activity is to create a scrapbook page for each of the 12 units to communicate about his or her life. It is effective because it teaches important conversation strategies (both verbal and non-verbal), and recycles the strategies throughout the book. This presenter will guide participants through a unit to show the book's strong points.

Expansive Listening: An Approach to L2 Learning

Heather Doiron (Nellie's Ltd.)

The study of listening for the Japanese L2 student can be a complex and frustrating process. Through the use of graded reader audio recordings, this presentation will provide a step-by-step process designed to engage L2 learners in the process of learning how to listen. This presentation will focus on activities, which combine reading and listening tasks to improve language fluency. Attendees to this presentation will be introduced to methods that use graded reader recordings to support word recognition, pronunciation, rhythm and reading comprehension

Xreading: What's New and What's Coming

Paul Goldberg (englishbooks.jp (Xreading.com))

Xreading, the online system that provides students with unlimited access to graded readers and allows teachers to track their students' reading progress was launched two years ago. At that time, the system had only 78 books from two publishers, and provided basic functionality. Now it has over 800 books from 10 publishers, and boasts a multitude of new features. In this presentation, the founder of Xreading will explain how the system has grown over the past three years, and what new functionality and features can be expected in the future.

Global Exam Options for Lower Level Learners

Riaz Donaldson (Cambridge University Press)

Do you teach elementary to pre-intermediate level students? Would you like your students to work towards gaining a globally recognised certification that tests all four English learning skills? In this presentation, I will discuss the advantages and practicalities of lower level students taking the Cambridge English Key (KET) and Preliminary (PET) exams, two tests from Cambridge English Language Assessment: creators of the IELTS English language test.

Dictation: Before, During, and After

John Spiri (Global Stories Press)

Dictation is a time-tested language learning activity with numerous variations on the standard method, from dictogloss to "tape recorder" dictation, to student dictators, and many more. After briefly describing the basic dictation method, the presenter will share some of the more effective and creative alternatives. In addition, the presenter will share ideas for pre-dictation activities involving pictures that correspond to the dictation sentences. Post-dictation review activities that make use of the pictures will also be explained. While the material comes from the presenter's textbooks, this presentation will be useful for any teacher with an interest in dictation.

Using Digital Products to Reduce Language Anxiety

Tomoe Aoyama (Cambridge English Language Assessment)

After an overview of the Speaking and Writing test of Cambridge English exams, I'll explain our latest digital developments: Immersive 360° videos using virtual reality to support speaking test candidates and Write & Improve which uses an automated marking system to support writing test candidates. There will be time at the end of my talk for participants to share their views about how our digital developments could help support their teaching.

Akita International University Student Presentations

P. Dougherty (AIU)

Students in the foundational English for Academic Purposes program of Akita International University (AIU) complete a Capstone Project on a topic of their choice. The project involves writing an English language scholarly paper and making a TED Talk-style presentation in English based on their research. The intention is that they experience being practicing scholars in the process of completing their Capstone Projects. Selected by their peers, four students will make presentations, and, afterward, they will sit for a panel discussion to reflect on their experiences studying in the EMI environment of AIU. Questions will also be invited from the audience.