Narratives: Raising the Happiness Quotient


The PanSIG 2015 Conference of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) will be taking place next weekend (May 16-17) at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies. (SIG stands for Special Interest Group – there are 27 SIGs in JALT, based on various academic, research and pedagogical interests.)

Working alongside with Tom Gorham, who runs the Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) SIG, I’m the program co-chair for the conference. The theme of the conference is “Narratives: Raising the Happiness Quotient” – and Tom and I have tried to put together a programme that provides a narrative structure to the weekend.

“Our creative team has planned a different type of program on Day 1 with the two plenaries scheduled directly after lunch followed by an extended Q & A session,” write Donna Tatsuki and Donna Fujimoto, the conference chairs for PanSIG2015. “We will first hear from Liliana Landolfi from the University of Naples in Italy and then from Curtis Kelly from Kansai University. On Day 2 after Kim Horne’s talk, there will be an interactive session with all three speakers. We hope conference goers will share their thoughts and stories there as well.”

If you are interested in attending the conference, you can go to the registration page here.


Published by Graham Jones

Astrophysicist and science communicator