SUTLF 2017

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) continues to push for the advancement of globalized educational opportunities for its students. English language educators in Japan remain charged with the task of supporting learners as they strive to acquire a global language. This February, we invite you to share your research, strategies, materials, theories, tools, and ideas that deal with this issue at SUTLF 2017. 

Presentations, posters, and workshops that address the following topics are welcome: 

This year, we will also be inviting former study-abroad and exchange program participants to share their experiences during a featured poster presentation session.

Plenary Speakers

Todd Thorpe, Kindai University

LEGO® Serious Play®

LEGO® Serious Play® (LSP) is a facilitated thinking, communication and problem-solving technique for organizations, teams an individuals. It draws on extensive research from the fields of business, organizational development, psychology and learning, and is based on the concept of hand knowledge. This workshop is designed to not only introduce the basic theoretical background and working process of the LSP method, but also allow participants to experience the LSP process through a variety of exercises. After a hands-on, minds on experience with LSP, participants will discuss the possible applications of the LSP method at their own institutions.

Terry Laskowski, Kumamoto University

Reconceptualizing Pedagogy for Spaceship Earth

This address is not about some futuristic science fiction theme as the title might metaphorically indicate. However, the talk is grounded in the theme of the conference, and will begin by unpacking the concept of globalization, which Buckminster Fuller wrote about over 50 years ago in Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth. Reasons linking MEXT’s call for active learning to globalization; implementation within the Japanese educational context, and obstacles are discussed. Professional teacher development is stated as both the problem and solution. Teachers need to acquire knowledge of teaching and learning theories and methods, and to not merely rely on ungrounded eclectic approaches in lessons supported only by teacher intuitions and experiences. This view is underpinned by a Vygotskian position about the interdependent role of language and thought in cognitive development, which leads teachers to form richer conceptualizations to better inform their practices. In relation to today’s address, it means teachers would be more prepared to implement active learning in a globalized world. 

Important Dates

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Call for Presentations Deadline

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Early Registration Deadline

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Conference Day

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.

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

Early Registration 

(on or before 15 January)

¥1000 for JALT Members

¥1500 for nonmembers

¥500 for students

On-site Registration

(after 15 January)

¥1500 for JALT Members

¥2000 for nonmembers

FREE for students

Networking Dinner

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

9 courses + nomihodai for ¥4000!