Where do you language? This year we turn our gaze outward, beyond the physical walls of the English classroom and into the world, where one's ability to communicate means much more than a grade. Our theme aims to highlight the many arenas, personnel, and opportunities available to language users, regardless of ability or goals. Presentations, posters, and workshops that address the following topics/themes are welcome for submission: 
  • pedagogical extensions of classwork
  • study abroad & foreign exchange programs
  • intercultural communication
  • English in the community 
  • self-access / lifelong learning
  • professional development

Important Dates & Registration Forms

Saturday, 3 February 2018
Conference Day

Friday, 22 December 2017
Call for Presentations Deadline

Monday, 15 January 2018
Early Registration Deadline

Plenary Speakers

Engaging Yourself in Reflective Dialogue
Satoko Kato, Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages

We all engage in ‘self-reflection’ to clarify the meaning of learning experiences as we want to keep growing as language learners and/or a language educators. Reflection is not simply thinking back and describing what happened and how you feel about it. It is a process of restructuring your established assumptions and beliefs which leads you to develop further. In this plenary, I will outline the approaches in advising in language learning (ALL) where learning advisors promote learners’ reflective process through conducting one-on-one dialogue. All the approaches, models, tools introduced in my talk can be easily applied to empower your self-reflection and to promote learners’ reflective processes in their learning outside of the classroom.

Satoko Kato is a Chief Learning Advisor at Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages and a lecturer at the graduate school of Kanda University of International Studies in Japan. She holds a Master’s degree (TESOL) from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She has conducted 3,500 advising sessions with hundreds of language learners in the past years working on promoting learner autonomy. She is in charge of developing and implementing advisor education programs for novice and experienced advisors. She has been extensively focusing on the reflective process in language learning and is the co-author of “Reflective Dialogue: Advising in language learning” published by Routledge NY, 2016.

A Step and a Half Beyond the Classroom
Randall W. Bollig, Chairman, Family & Friends Project

It is only natural, in any profession I believe, to want to find something meaningful in what one does, something that not only allows and encourages a person to grow, develop, and to reap financial, social, and emotional rewards, but also provides a sense that what you are doing has a benefit or positive impact on other people's lives. Teaching, obviously, provides ample opportunities for this. Thanks to my original decision, and a good mix of luck, attitude, and opportunity, I feel I have been able to achieve at least some success in this regard. Although, my journey, my experience, is naturally somewhat unique in detail, in essence, I am sure it is probably not much different from your own journeys/experiences. In this presentation, I would like to share some of my experiences that have brought me to where I am today, give you an idea of what I am doing at present, and encourage you not to hold back, but to continue in your own endeavors and experiences.

Sponsored by the Teachers Helping Teachers (THT) Special Interest group of JALT.

Randall W. Bollig is from Colorado, United States, and has a BA in Education from the University of Northern Colorado, and an MA in TESOL from the School for International Training, in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has taught in the US, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Mexico, and Japan, where he has been living and teaching for over 30 years. He has taught at almost every level of education including junior high schools, high schools, universities, and business and adult classes. He started the Family & Friends Project in March 2011 as a way to improve educational opportunities for children in Nepal. 

Registration Fees
Registration fee includes admission, a lunch ticket for our cafeteria, and a small gift.
Please note that the nearest open convenience store is a ten-minute walk.

Early Registration 
(confirmed payment on or before 15 January)

¥1000 for JALT Members
¥1500 for nonmembers
FREE for students

Late / On-site Registration

¥2000 for JALT Members
¥2500 for nonmembers
¥ 500 for students

See this guide for instructions on paying from a Japan Post account.

Networking Dinner

Join us for a post-conference evening of socializing downtown at JANG JANG GO!


Venue & Access

SUTLF 2018 will be held in the Active Commons Building at Sojo University in Kumamoto. 

Sojo International Learning Center

By Train

Local JR trains run frequently from Kumamoto Station to Sojodaigaku-Mae (10 min, ¥210). From Sojodaigaku-Mae, cross Route 31 and take the elevator up to the university.

By Airplane

The Kumamoto Airport Limousine Bus runs frequently from Kumamoto Airport to Kumamoto Station (60 min, ¥1010). Local JR trains run frequently from Kumamoto Station to Sojodaigaku-Mae (10 min, ¥210). From Sojodaigaku-Mae, cross Route 31 and take the elevator up to the university.


Due to damage caused by the earthquakes in 2016, hotel space in Kumamoto is limited. Please consider searching Fukuoka for accommodations, which is only a half-hour shinkansen ride away.
The following spreadsheet contains a list of local hotels and links to their websites and locations on Google Maps. You can sort the list by name, price, or commute by clicking on the tabs at the bottom of the spreadsheet.


Please direct any questions and/or comments to: 

Branden Kirchmeyer
Conference Director