JACET 48th Annual Convention

Chitose Asaoka, Chair, the Annual Convention Steering Committee


We welcome you to the 48th Annual Convention of JACET (Japan Association of College English Teachers)—a three-day conference of presentations and workshops of interest to all those teaching English in higher education institutions in Japan.

The 2009 JACET Annual Convention will take place at Hokkai-Gakuen University in Sapporo, Hokkaido, on 4, 5 and 6 Sep. The thematic focus will be “College English Curriculum Innovation in the ‘New’ Age of International Exchange.” Every year we expect approximately 800 participants from across the nation. This year, since there will be many more presentations given in English and the conference site will be in Hokkaido, with nice and cool weather, we expect even more to participate!

The invited keynote speakers are:

- Mark Warschauer (University of California, Irvine): “The Word and the World: New Tools for Teaching Writing,” 4 Sep, 10:00-11:00. (Thislecture will be given using the online interactive system.)

- Toshimitsu Asakura (Chair of Hokkai-Gakuen University): “B. Piłsudski, Phonograph Wax Cylinders and Sakhalin Ainu,” 4 Sep, 13:10-14:10.

- Amol Padwad (J. M. Patal College, Bhandara, India): “Curriculum Innovations in India—Bandwagon, Applecart and Wheelbarrows!” 5 Sep, 10:10-11:10.

In addition, we have invited a special lecturer, Anthony Green from the University of Bedfordshire, UK. He will give a lecture on “The Common European Framework in the Language Curriculum: Practices andIssues” on 5 Sep, from 13:30.

Five special speakers are also invited from affiliated organizations overseas: MELTA (Malaysia), KATE (Korea), ALAK (Korea), RELC (Singapore), and ETA-ROC (Taiwan).

This year, a special event titled “Changing Curricula of English Education at the Tertiary Level” is arranged by the Hokkaido Chapter for Sunday morning, 6 Sep. More than 50 universities and higher education institutions will gather and give poster presentations explaining their curricula for English education. This event will be free and open to the general public, including high school teachers, students, and their parents. It will be a great opportunity for university teachers, high school teachers, and students to meet, learn about various programs, and exchange ideas.

The early-bird registration fee for the 2009 JACET Annual Convention is \3,000 for members, by postal transfer form by Friday, 14 Aug. A reduced fee of \2,000 is charged to student members. The onsite registration fee will be \4,000 for members, \3,000 for student members, and \6,000 for non-members. If you are a JALT member but not a JACET member, and wish to benefit from the members’ fee, please contact the JACET office<jacet@zb3.so-net.ne.jp> and become a member beforehand.

We hope that this conference will be a good opportunity for university teachers and educators to share information on a variety of programs and research, including both failures and successes, regarding issues and ideas for innovation in college English curricula.More detailed information can be obtained at the conference website <www.jacet.org>. Also, please check out the website of Hokkai-Gakuen University for more information on the venue <www.hokkai-s-u.ac.jp/english/access.html>.

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