The 4th International Conference on the Globalization of Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education – Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, 2019 in Hiroshima, Japan »
G-SLATE 2019 Welcome
Welcome to the 4th International Conference on the Globalization of Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (G-SLATE 2019) to be held Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, 2019 at the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. This event is partnered with the 6th Asian Symposium on Education, Equity and Social Justice (EQUIS 2019).
G-SLATE 2019 is a small, international, peer-reviewed conference with a limited number of oral and poster presentation time slots. We encourage all interested participants to submit presentations as early as possible. Please note that submissions and registration will close when the event has reached its capacity.
G-SLATE is a semi-annual event that was first held in Hiroshima, Japan in August 2015 and last year’s event was held in Fukuoka, Japan. We have decided to hold this event in late March 2019 to coincide with the Hiroshima Cherry Blossom Season. The cherry trees around Hiroshima will be in full bloom between March 22-29, 2019. We hope participants will have an opportunity to enjoy the splendor of the cherry blossoms while visiting the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Hiroshima: Peace Park and the Great Torii Gate of Miyajima (Itsukushima).
About G-SLATE 2019
As globalization advances and boundaries between countries fade away, the need to communicate in a second or multiple languages has altered the linguistic landscape. As a result, second language acquisition and foreign language teaching have progressed to the forefront of linguistics, providing a critical framework in understanding how language is acquired or learned and its pedagogical implications. Language today not only links nations but also empowers individuals toward greater upward mobility, all of which makes it an indispensable tool in modern society.
Approaches towards SLA and language teaching have evolved over the past decades from their early days of the grammar/translation method and audio-lingual method to Krashen’s monitor theory to the communicative and content-based approaches that dominate today. Plus with the development of modern technology, CALL or computer-assisted language learning has gained wider acceptance in the classroom though research on it still remains relatively limited. Despite these advances, it is still necessary to examine how individual language skills are learned as well as the roles teachers play.
Clearly the complex and dynamic nature of language and our understanding of it create an intriguing field of study today that challenges old conventions and poses new ones. Many of the same questions from the past, need to be explored through the latest models and research. How is language acquired? Is there a critical age to learn a language? What is the most effective way to teach L2? What is the role of L1 in learning L2? How effective is corrective feedback in assisting language learners? How can we protect linguistic diversity in sustainable development?
With the theme Effective Language Learning, G-SLATE 2019 is a wonderful opportunity to share research, insights and techniques, and form professional networks in this burgeoning field of linguistics and teacher education.
G-SLATE 2019 Streams
- Applied Linguistics
- Culture and Language
- Education Technology
- ESL / EFL Teaching Techniques
- Globalization and Language Learning
- Second Language Acquisition
- Teacher Education
- Testing and Evaluation
- World Englishes
- Other Areas (Please Specify)
Plan Your Attendance
Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2018 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.
Program Director, INTESDA,
Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.
Co-Chairperson and Featured Speaker
Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech,
English Department, School of Humanities,
Matsuyama University, Japan
Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, currently lecturer in the English Department of the School of Humanities, at Matsuyama University, Ehime, Japan has acquired an expanded knowledge of the Japanese educational system while instructing English. His almost 30 years of residing in Japan has afforded him the opportunity to become involved with all aspects of English language teaching. He has taught extensively at the kindergarten, primary, junior and senior high levels for 20 years. His current position at the tertiary level has permitted him to incorporate his prior earlier teaching knowledge with the latest technological advancements. His aim has been to offer lessons that offer opportunities for language expansion as well as at the same time as contributing to expanding learner’s active presentation and computer skills. His key research interest concerns understanding language learning as it is constantly evolving along with the latest enhancements in technical knowledge.
Review and Editorial Committee
- Susan Oguro, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
- Judith Britt McNeely, Ph.D., Writing/Literature, Collegiate Traveling Faculty, University of Maryland University College, Japan
- Lucas Kohnke, Ph.D., English Language Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
- James Harry Morris, School of Divinty, University of St Andrews, UK
- Özlem Uslu, Ph.D., The Faculty Of Fine Arts, Textile and Fashion Design Department, Çukurova University, Adana, Turkey