Call for Papers

Call for Papers


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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?


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The organizing committee of the JALT Pan-SIG Conference 2012 invites interested teacher researchers to submit presentation proposals for the 10th Annual Pan-SIGConference, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 16th and 17th, 2012 at Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima campus.

This conference is co-sponsored by Hiroshima University and the Bilingualism, Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), Critical Thinking (CT), College and University Educators (CUE), Extensive Reading (ER), Framework & Language Portfolio (FLP), Gender Awareness in Language Education (GALE), Global Issues in Language Education (GILE), Junior and Senior High School (JSHS),Japanese as a Second Language (JSL), Learner Development (LD), Material Writers (MW), Other Language Educators (OLE), Professionalism, Administration and Leadership in Education (PALE), Pragmatics (PRAG), Speech, Drama, and Debate (SDD), Study Abroad (SA), Task Based Learning (TBL), Teaching Children (TC), Teacher Education and Development (TED), Testing and Evaluation (TEVAL) and Teachers Helping Teachers (THT) special interest groups (SIGs), together with the Hiroshima Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching.

The theme of the conference is "Literacy: SIGnals of emergence"

Submissions will be accepted if they are clearly written and introduce original research or teaching ideas. Submissions are particularly welcome if they fit the theme of the conference and/or the general interests of the SIG to which the submission is being made.

Presenters giving presentations in the Japanese language are highly encouraged to submit!

The committee would appreciate if each person made only one submission.

Please submit via the on-line JALT SUBMISSION FORM.

Please note, JALT cannot sponsor visas for presenters from outside Japan. Please do not submit a proposal if you cannot obtain a visa to Japan.

Thank you!

PanSIG Organising committee.