Greetings from the Chair


We hope to see you at the 11th Annual Pan-SIG Conference on June 16-17, 2012 
at Hiroshima University (Higashi Hiroshima campus).


This conference is a collaboration of 22 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) within JALT (Japan Association for Language Teaching). This year the following SIGs will be participating: Bilingualism (BSIG), College and University Educators (CUE), Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), Critical Thinking (CT), Extensive Reading (ER), Framework and Language Portfolio (FLP), Gender Awareness in Language Education (GALE), Global Issues in Language Education (GILE), Japanese as a Second Language (JSL), Junior and Senior High School (JSHS), Learner Development (LD), Materials Writers (MW), Other Language Educators (OLE), Pragmatics (PRAG), Professionalism, Administration and Leadership in Education (PALE), Speech, Drama and Debate (SDD), Study Abroad (SA), Task-based Learning (TBL), Teacher Education and Development (TED), Teachers Helping Teachers (THT), Teaching Children (TC), and Testing and Evaluation (TEVAL). 

We would also like to thank Hiroshima University for letting us use their facilities to make this conference happen, and for the untiring work of the volunteers from the Hiroshima chapter of JALT as well as other dedicated JALT members. We look forward to seeing you in Hiroshima!

Naomi Fujishima
PanSIG 2012
Conference Chair

The theme -- Literacy: SIGnals of emergence

Literacy traditionally has meant comprehending and producing written texts. More recently, critical literacy has focused on the ability to question and analyse these texts and see them in their social context. In addition, the concept has been broadened to cover visual images and technology, i.e., digital literacy and media literacy. In first language contexts, universal literacy is a stated goal local and national education authorities to international bodies. As foreign language educators, how do we understand literacy, and how do these understandings inform our teaching and research?

『リテラシー・浮上の兆し』に関して:『リテラシー(識字)』 はもともとテキストを理解したり書いたりする際に使われてきたが、最近では『クリティカル・リテラシー』という概念が現れ、テクストを把握・分析したり、社会的な文脈に当てはめて考えてみることにも焦点をあてている。また、情報を使いこなす力を示す情報リテラシーという表現も出現し始めた。母語習得においては、それぞれの国によって事情は異なるが、国際化に伴い普遍的なリテラシー習得に目標が定められている。そんな中、教育者として如何にリテラシーを理解し、実践や研究調査を通して発展させていることができるかを問う。

“Literacy”, Literarizitat im traditionellen Sinne bezeichnete die (gute!) Produktion und das (richtige) Verstandnis schriftlicher Texte. In der letzten Zeit hat sich kritische Literarizitat mit der Infragestellung und der Analyse solcher Texte und ihrer sozialen Eingebundenheit beschaftigt. Auserdem wurde das Konzept als digitale und als mediale Literarizitat ausgeweitet auf alle sichtbaren Phanomene und deren Technologie. Im Muttersprachenbereich ist universale Alphabetisierung ein Ziel regionaler wie landesweiter Erziehungseinrichtungen und weltweiter Bildungsinstitutionen. Was verstehen wir als Fremdsprachenlehrer unter ?literacy“ und wie beeinflusst dies unsere Lehre und unsere Forschung?

The Pan-SIG Committee would like to offer thanks to our sponsors for helping make our conference a great success.

Abax Ltd, Bridge Learning, BTB Press, Cengage Learning K.K., Compass Publishing Japan, ELT for Tohoku, englishbooks.jp, Global Communication & Testing Co., Ltd., Intercom Press, Inc., Macmillan Language House, McGraw-Hill Education, Oxford University Press