The Japan Association of College English Teachers


Last updated: March 14th, 2020

The 59th JACET International Convention (Kyoto, 2020)

Dates: September 8th (Tue.) – 10th (Thu.), 2020

Venue: Doshisha University, Shinmachi Campus

159-1 Konoeden Omote-cho, Imadegawa-agaru,

Shinmachi-dori, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, 602-8580 JAPAN

Theme: “Well-being” in English Education: Discovering the Possibilities for Learners, Teachers, and Society


Why do we learn? It is primarily because learning can lead to happiness and well-being. The agents of learning who strive for this well-being are, of course, the learners and the teachers within society. In EFL contexts such as Japan and many Asian countries, though foreign language learning opportunities are diversifying, learning occurs most often in the classroom. Therefore, both the learners and the teachers should know how to learn and grow together. Much of the research in foreign language education has aimed at this lofty goal.
In recent years, as the field of foreign language education has flourished, eyes are turning towards a multitude of issues including curriculum reform, technological development, and quality assurance in education. This may be an appropriate time to stop and take stock of the developments in the fields of applied linguistics and language education and to reevaluate the basics and fundamentals.

At the 59th JACET International Convention (Kyoto, 2020), we welcome researchers and practitioners from a diverse range of fields, such as educational psychology, methodological research, curriculum design, educational engineering, teacher education, evaluation, instructional design and more, to come together and reconsider the well-being of learners, teachers, as well as society as a whole through lively debate and to further the discussion on the nature of foreign language education.

Inquiries: The JACET International Convention Organizing Committee
TEL: 03-3268-9686


日 程: 2020年9月8日(火)・9日(水)・10日(木)

会 場: 同志社大学新町キャンパス

〒602-8580 京都市上京区新町通今出川上ル近衛殿表町159-1

テーマ: 英語教育における「ウエルビーイング」

― 学習者、教師、社会の可能性を拓く―

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問い合わせ先: 大学英語教育学会国際大会組織委員会
TEL: 03-3268-9686

Plenary Lecture

1. Prof. Ema Ushioda (University of Warwick)

Motivational Well-being in English Language Education

Abstract: In many educational contexts, including Japan, young people have no choice but to learn English as a core curriculum subject, as a gatekeeping examination requirement, or as a compulsory university course even for those who are not majoring in English or who may not see themselves ever needing or wanting to use English in their lives. It is thus not surprising that motivation is often regarded as a critical issue in English language education in the 21st century, since there are significant pressures to learn English regardless of whether the language has any personal value or meaning for those who are obliged to study it. This critical concern is reflected in the exponential growth of L2 motivation research in English language learning settings, representing over 70 per cent of the ‘publication surge’ recently documented by Boo, Dörnyei, and Ryan (2015). As current theoretical perspectives emphasize, when we experience a lack of autonomy or personal control and a lack of meaning or purpose in what we do, our motivational well-being and resilience will suffer, and this will have a negative impact on our quality of life. Thus, an important challenge for English language education is to enable students to experience a sense of autonomy, meaning and purpose in learning English, beyond the imposed goals of curriculum or examination requirements, in order to enhance their motivational well-being and resilience, and enhance the quality of classroom life. In this talk, I will discuss pedagogical approaches to addressing this challenge.

Ema Ushioda is Head of Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK. She has research interests in L2 motivation, autonomy, and qualitative methods. Recent books include Language learning motivation: An ethical agenda for research (Oxford University Press, 2020); International perspectives on motivation: Language learning and professional challenges (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

2. Dr. Le Van Canh (Vietnam National University, Hanoi)

Exploring Pathsways for Language Teacher Wellbeing: Insights from Buddhism

Abstract: Teacher wellbeing is as crucial to school improvement as it is challenging to scholarly interest. Research on teacher wellbeing both in general education and second language education focuses on either the sources of the negatives such as stress and burnout or the positives including positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. As a result, despite a growing body of empirical research, our understandings of teacher wellbeing remain fragmented. Since teacher wellbeing is a complex and multi-faceted notion, it needs to be researched holistically through a mind-body approach.
In this keynote talk, I will discuss how wellbeing emerges out of the interactions between the brain, mind, body, and behaviour. Then, I will argue for the adoption of first-person methods rooted in the Buddhist traditions of human experience for the nurturing of wellness. First-person methods, in this talk, are defined as practices that enhance an individual teacher’s sensitivity to her or his lived experience through mindfulness practice and self-regulation of emotion. To conclude my talk, I will particularly draw on the Buddhist notion of ‘interbeing’ to make recommendations for fostering second language teacher wellbeing.

Le Van CANH (MA TESOL, Saint Michael’s College, USA; PhD in Applied Linguistics, University of Waikato, New Zealand) is associate professor at Vietnam National University, Hanoi. He has published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals. He is also a frequently invited speaker at international professional conferences. His research interest centres on language teacher education.

3. Prof. Chiharu Kogo (Waseda University)

Instructional Design for Deliberate Practice and Non-cognitive Skills

要旨:インストラクショナルデザイン (Instructional Design) とは、効果的・効率的で魅力的な教え方を追求する科学であり、教育工学 (Educational Technology) の下位領域である。この講演では、インストラクショナルデザインの概略とこれからの方向性について話したい。英語教育とその研究に何らかのヒントを見つけていただければうれしい。
いずれのモデルを採用するにしても、特定の領域のスキルに熟達するためには「究極の鍛錬 (Deliberate Practice) 」が必要であることがわかってきた。教員の仕事は究極の鍛錬をデザインし、実践することである。

Chiharu Kogo is currently a professor of instructional design at Waseda University. His research interests include educational psychology and technology, online learning, and lifelong learning.

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