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The JALT Extensive Reading SIG

The JALT ER SIG exists to help promote Extensive Reading (ER) in Japan and via our website, our newsletter, the ERJ Journal, and presentations throughout Japan we aim to help teachers set up and make the most of their ER programmes.

全国語学教育学会多読分野別研究部会「JALT ER SIG」は、講師達がERプログラムをスムーズに始められるよう、またそれを有効的に利用できることを目的に活動しています。またこの概念を元に、私達のウエブサイト、会報、ERJ雑誌、プレゼンテーションなどを通じERの促進を促しています。

10th Annual ER Seminar Information and CFP

10th Annual ER Seminar and CFP


The 10th Annual Extensive Reading Seminar will be held in Hiroshima, Japan on Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14, 2018 at the Hiroshima YMCA, based on the theme Reflections on Extensive Reading.


We expect that attendees will come to share knowledge, experiences, and questions about extensive reading and extensive listening. Sessions, including posters, presentations, workshops and invited panels will introduce useful ideas for starting, promoting, managing and maintaining extensive reading and/or listening practices from the classroom level to the program-wide level, discuss new and ongoing research in the area, and encourage critical reflection. Attendees with no experience with ER are welcome to come and learn more about it.


The main day of presentations will be on Sunday, October 14. Specific schedule details and information about a welcome session and reception on the evening of October 13 will be posted here in coming days.


If you would like to submit a proposal for a poster, presentation, or workshop in English or Japanese, the deadline for submissions is April 15th and acceptance notifications are expected to be made by the end of May. You will need to log in or make an account at the submission website in order to submit and manage proposals. We ask that you limit submissions to no more than two per presenter, including any co-presented submissions. For co-presented submissions, each presenter will need to have an account at the website or they will not appear in the program nor be able to register.


In your submission, please clearly describe your proposed session in a 150-200 word abstract. In the body of your submission, please avoid including details that will make you easily identifiable to proposal vetters. However, please do make clear what language and context your submission relates to (e.g., English in a Japanese junior high school, or Japanese in a language school). If accepted, your submission will appear as the handbook abstract, so make it clear to both vetters and potential attendees what your session will involve.


Session types:


Interactive Poster

Posters should address an issue of ER practice, such as teaching tips or materials management, or an ER-related research project. Posters should be visual representations of the material and understandable on their own. The presenter should also be prepared to give brief explanations of the information, answer questions, and engage in discussion expanding on the ideas in the poster.


Research Presentation

Presentations should introduce a completed research project which delved into some element of extensive reading or extensive listening. Research presentations are expected to include 18-20 minutes of presentation, followed by a short opportunity for questions or reactions from the audience.


Workshop or Long Workshop

Workshops should focus on how-to’s of ER practice and may include topics such as motivating learners, starting a program, classroom activities, getting or making materials, etc. These sessions should involve active engagement and practice by attendees, with speaker presentation time limited. Workshops will be 20 minutes in duration and long workshops will be 50 minutes. (Please note that due to scheduling constraints, the number of long workshops accepted may be very limited.)


Please note, JALT cannot sponsor visas for presenters from outside Japan. While we welcome both domestic and international delegates and presenters, please do not submit a proposal if you cannot obtain a visa to Japan.


Submissions to be made HERE.


If you have any questions or comments for the Seminar Chair, please submit them via this contact form:


ER Forum Call for Participants


Announcement of Call for Presenters at PanSIG 2018

The Extensive Reading Special Interest Group seeks presenters to participate in a 90-minute forum at PanSIG 2018.

Dates: May 19-20, 2018.

Venue: Toyo Gakuen University (Hongo Campus)

Location: Near Tokyo Dome (access / map)
1-26-3, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
​Phone: (+81) 3-3811-1696


How: Send your Name, affiliation, title and abstract (200 words) to: Vetting decisions announced ...


Language Learner Literature Awards

Language Learner Literature Awards

Every year, the Extensive Reading Foundation recognizes the best new works of language learner literature in English. From books published in 2016, the ERF judges have selected sixteen titles of particular merit–the finalists. From these sixteen, the ERF will select one winner in each of six categories taking into account the votes and comments of students and teachers of English worldwide. Go here for more details.

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