Special Issue of SiSAL Journal. Selected papers from the 2017 Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL) Conference

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SiSAL Journal will publish a special issue on selected papers from the Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL) 2017 Conference in June 2018 (Volume 9, Issue 2) edited by Hisako Yamashita, Clair Taylor and Andy Tweed. 

Further information

The Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL) is a non-profit professional organization devoted to promoting self-access language learning in Japan. Its annual conferences have provided opportunities for members to share ideas about self-access language learning, running self-access centers and developing learner autonomy. In this special issue, we will have selected papers from the JASAL 2017 Annual Conference which was held on December 16th, 2017 at Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan.

“Enriching Self-Access Environments” was the theme of JASAL 2017 conference. Self-access environments need to be carefully designed in order to provide learners with the flexibility to explore resources and opportunities for learning. In Japan and in other countries around the world, we have a great variety of self-access environments, and many factors influence these. Learner populations and their needs, the availability of financial and human resources, the goals of the institution, and the beliefs of administrators, staff, learning advisors and teachers all influence what is provided in self-access environments.

This special issue may include the following:

  1. Research papers (around 4000 words in English, 8000in Japanese)
  2. My-share papers which are less research-focused and emphasize the sharing of practical ideas (around 3500 words in English, 7000 in Japanese)
  3. Administrative-share papers which provide a platform for administrators concerned with the operations of self-access centers/language learning spaces (around 3500 words in English, 7000 in Japanese)
  4. Perspectives (opinions and reflections) (around 2000 words in English, 4000 in Japanese)
  5. Reviews of events, academic books, articles, and learning resources (around 2000 words in English, 4000 in Japanese)