“Shifting Paradigms: Informed Responses”

April 25–28, 2013 | The Ramada Osaka, Osaka, Japan

Conference Report

The Third Annual Asian Conference on Language Learning (ACLL) and the Third Annual Conference on Technology in the Classroom (ACTC) welcomed 275 delegates from 35 nations to engage in productive exchanges, informed debate, and the sharing of professional ideas and opinions alongside their international peers. This year’s conferences built on the success of our previous ACLL and ACTC conferences with returning delegates remarking that it was the best yet. The organising committee wishes to thank all delegates who attended the 2013 ACLL and ACTC Conferences for their fantastic contributions and enthusiasm.

This year’s ACLL Keynote speaker, Professor Thomas Robb of Kyoto Sangyo University, spoke on the technological use and classroom developments within Extensive Reading and revealed to delegates through recent case studies, the success of M-Reader as a tool to enhance and support language progress within students. Professor Robb gave valuable insights into how Language Learning and Technology can be integrated into a powerful motivational, literacy competency and evaluative tool for educators. The Keynote speaker for the ACTC conference was Professor Insung Jung, a Distance Learning specialist from the International Christian University in Tokyo (ICU). Professor Jung gave an engaging lecture comparing the use of Youtube by US and Japanese College students and its subsequent implications for college level media literacy. Professor Jung urged all delegates to embrace and introduce the fast changing social media platforms that are now used by students during their daily lives into their own learning programmes. This year’s joint ACLL / ACTC Conference was also fortunate to have six excellent featured speakers. These Professors and Educators each provided engaging and thought provoking presentations. The IAFOR and the ACLL and ACTC organising committees would like to thank Eiko Kato-Otani (President, Osaka Jogakuin University), Marjo Mitsutomi (Osaka Gaikuan University), Rozhan Idrus (Universiti Sians Malaysia), Lisa Donohue Luscombe (Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA), Steven Herder (Doshida Women’s College of Liberal Arts) and Ted O’Neil (Tokyo Medical and Dental University / JALT) for their valuable insights and contributions that made ACLL / ACTC 2013 a great success.

The IAFOR would also like to give special thanks to theConference Chairs, Professor Steve Cornwall (Osaka Jogaikuin University) and Professor Barbara Lockee (Virginia Tech, USA), and the programme advisers for their continued and committed academic support and guidance. We look forward to seeing you again next year.