The Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL) 2019 Annual Conference was held at Otemon Gakuin University in Osaka on Saturday, November 30th. This conference was held for the purpose of providing an opportunity for educators and students who are involved in the operation of Self-Access Centers (facilities that support the independent learning of foreign languages) in universities across the country and around the world to share information, service statuses, and challenges to learn from one another.
The four KUFS students who gave their presentation in the JASAL Annual Conference this year are from the Faculty of Foreign Studies’ Department of British and American Studies: 4th-year student Hikari Takenaka, and 2nd-year students Kodai Kaneko, Hikaru Sasaki, and Marumi Terasawa. Titled “What Student Staff can Develop for NINJA,” their presentation was based on survey data collected from users of Navigating an Independent Non-stop Journey to Autonomy (NINJA), a Self-Access Center in KUFS. From their unique perspective as student staffs, they shared the issues that surfaced as they conducted their survey and their attempts to possibly solve those issues.
The students had a very productive experience at the Conference – presenting and answering questions in front of educators in English as well as gathering information and exchanging opinions on Self-Access Centers with representatives from other universities in the Student Forum, a special program of this Conference.