2016-2017

Call for Papers for GALE Forum at 

JALT2017: Language Teaching in a Global Age: Shaping the Classroom, Shaping the World

Epochal Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

The forum is 90 minutes long, and we would like to have several presenters who will each present for 15 minutes simultaneously with the audience rotating between presentations. This means each presenter will present the same presentation 3 times to a different group of audience members. Presenters may use any kind of hand held visuals suitable for a small group for example paper, or iPads. At the end we will all come together for discussion. Presentations may relate to either teaching or research based topics.

Time is very limited therefore presenters should be very clear, informative and concise. If you are interested in presenting as part of the GALE SIG forum please send an email to programchair@gale-sig.org with the following information: presentation title, your name and affiliation, and an abstract of approximately 100 words on your suggested area to talk about. The forum slots are 'unvetted' whichin this case means that you will not have to go through the JALT application process as GALE will vet the abstracts and submit them on your behalf. However, presenters in the forum will still receive the same coverage by JALT as regular presenters, for example, your name will be printed in the conference handbook.

 

This is a great opportunity for professional development and positive publicity for your research, as well as for GALE and its mission of fair and responsible research in the field of Gender Studies. Last year the forum was a great success which we look forward to repeating this year!!

 

GALE also invites GALE members without access to research funds to apply for a Professional Development Scholarship to attend a conference that GALE officially participants in. The number of scholarships available per year will depend upon the financial situation of GALE and in some cases the scholarship money will be divided between conferences. The purpose of the scholarship is to support research in the field of gender awareness and to support GALE members without research funding. A grant for up to 40,000 yen, depending upon the type of presentation to be given, will be made available to the successful applicant. The scholarship is intended to help defray conference attendance expenses. In return, the successful applicant MUST give a presentation on a GALE related topic at the conference (under the content area of Gender in the case of JALT conferences) and commit to writing the following: an academic research article based on that presentation or a practical pedagogical article to be published in the next edition of the GALE Journal and Proceedings or in the GALE Newsletter. 

The placement of the scholar recipient’s article will be made after discussion with the applicant, the Publications Chair, and the Coordinators. In the case of writing for the GALE Journal, the applicant may also be asked to write a summary of the presentation for the GALE Newsletter. The deadline for Journal letters of intent is annually on Dec. 15 and the deadline for the GALE Newsletter is several times a year.

 *Completed Paper Deadline: March 31, 2017. 

If authors wish to submit an abstract for preliminary evaluation prior to completion of the full paper, please send the abstract by March 1, 2017

Send Submissions and Inquiries to editor@gale-sig.org



2016

Call for Papers for GALE Forum at 

JALT 2016 National Conference: Transformation in Language Education

 

This year the JALT conference will be held from Friday 25th to Monday 28th November, 2016 at Aichi Industry & Labor Center – WINC Aichi
Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan


The GALE Sig Forum title is Transformations in Gender Research and Learning. The deadline for submissions is 25 April 2016.


JALT 2016 National Conference: Transformation in Language Education

The forum is 90 minutes long, and we would like to have several presenters who will each present for 15 minutes simultaneously with the audience rotating between presentations. This means each presenter will present the same presentation 3 times to a different group of audience members. Presenters may use any kind of hand held visuals suitable for a small group for example paper, or iPads. At the end we will all come together for discussion. Presentations may relate to either teaching or research based topics.

Time is very limited therefore presenters should be very clear, informative and concise. If you are interested in presenting as part of the GALE SIG forum please send an email to programchair@gale-sig.org with the following information: presentation title, your name and affiliation, and an abstract of approximately 100 words on your suggested area to talk about. The forum slots are 'unvetted' whichin this case means that you will not have to go through the JALT application process as GALE will vet the abstracts and submit them on your behalf. However, presenters in the forum will still receive the same coverage by JALT as regular presenters, for example, your name will be printed in the conference handbook.

 

This is a great opportunity for professional development and positive publicity for your research, as well as for GALE and its mission of fair and responsible research in the field of Gender Studies. Last year the forum was a great success which we look forward to repeating this year!!

 

GALE also invites GALE members without access to research funds to apply for a Professional Development Scholarship to attend a conference that GALE officially participants in. The number of scholarships available per year will depend upon the financial situation of GALE and in some cases the scholarship money will be divided between conferences. The purpose of the scholarship is to support research in the field of gender awareness and to support GALE members without research funding. A grant for up to 40,000 yen, depending upon the type of presentation to be given, will be made available to the successful applicant. The scholarship is intended to help defray conference attendance expenses. In return, the successful applicant MUST give a presentation on a GALE related topic at the conference (under the content area of Gender in the case of JALT conferences) and commit to writing the following: an academic research article based on that presentation or a practical pedagogical article to be published in the next edition of the GALE Journal and Proceedings or in the GALE Newsletter. 

The placement of the scholar recipient’s article will be made after discussion with the applicant, the Publications Chair, and the Coordinators. In the case of writing for the GALE Journal, the applicant may also be asked to write a summary of the presentation for the GALE Newsletter. The deadline for Journal letters of intent is annually on Dec. 15 and the deadline for the GALE Newsletter is several times a year.

 *Completed Paper Deadline: March 31, 2016. 

If authors wish to submit an abstract for preliminary evaluation prior to completion of the full paper, please send the abstract by March 1, 2016

Send Submissions and Inquiries to editor@gale-sig.org


Journal Submission Guidelines Link

JOURNAL DATA:

SSN 1884-152X

Japan Association for Language Teaching GALE SIG

Tokyo Japan

2015

December 28: Vol 8 of the Journal and Proceedings of the Gender Awareness in Language Education Special Interest Group is online. Here is the table of contents:

1) Editorial Foreward by Kristie Collins and Aaron Hahn


RESEARCH PAPERS

1) Celestial Navigation: Japanese artist Yanagi Miwa’s My Grandmothers series as positive agency for women, by Gwynwn Helverson

2) Discursive images of gendered agency and the 3/11 disaster in Japan: reading Jelinek’s “Epilogue” in the Japanese classroom, by Herrad Heselhaus

3) Increasing gender equality in the second language classroom: A study at a Japanese university, by Sana Hendricks


PROCEEDINGS PAPER

Beyond the Binary: GALE Journal interview with JALT2014 Plenary Speaker Gerry Yokota


REVIEWS

1) Mobbing: Emotional abuse in the American workplace (Davenport, Noa, Distler Schwartz, Ruth, & Gail Pursell Elliot), reviewed by Fiona Creaser 

2) Queer teachers, identity and performativity (Gray, Emily M., & Anne Harris, reviewed by Carey Finn-Maeda

3) The Gender Book (Hill, Mel Reiff & Jay Mays), reviewed by Gwyn helverson

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Gale members are participating in two upcoming summer events. The Kyoto event runs from 9-12 and the Osaka event, which we are co-sponsoring, runs from 1-6, so it is possible to attend most or all of both events.


Kyoto:

Qualitative research: Methods, applications, questions


Osaka: 

A Mid-summer Day's Micro-conference

2013

Spring Newsletter

2012


http://www.betterkidcare.psu.edu/ENewsletters/Pics/announcement_186138.gifEvent at Ochanomizu University, Guest Speaker: Ros Appleby, Date: December the 1st, Time: 3:00-5:00. A short tea-party will be held afterwards with students, and interested people can go on to a GALE-WELL bonnenkai at an Izakaya nearby.


http://www.betterkidcare.psu.edu/ENewsletters/Pics/announcement_186138.gifIbaraki JALT and GALE (Gender Awareness in Language Education) SIG Joint Event, Sunday, Feb, 17th, 13:00 – 16:30, Tsukuba Gakuin University.


http://www.betterkidcare.psu.edu/ENewsletters/Pics/announcement_186138.gif Upcoming Qualifying Conference

2013 PAN-SIG conference at Nanzan University on May the 18th and 19th.



2011

Gender Awareness in Language Education Conference

Exploring Gender and its Implications

May 28th, 2011

Kyoto University

We are delighted to announce that GALE will be holding a one day conference on May 28th at Kyoto University. This conference is an opportunity to share  research as well as exchange ideas on different aspects of gender and language education.

Program Overview Saturday May 28th

9:00 Registration

9:25 to 9:40 Opening address 

9:45 to 12:15 Morning presentations

12:15 to 13:30 Lunch break

13:30 to 17:20 Afternoon presentations

17:20 to 17:30 Closing remarks

18:00 to 20:00 GALE dinner

Conference Fees
Gale Members 2,000yen
Jalt Members 2,500yen 
Non-Members 3,000yen

Access Maps to Conference

Conference Program

Hotels in Kyoto

Message from the GALE Coordinator
- Folake Abass


Welcome to the GALE Conference 2011
Exploring Gender and its Implications 

It has been a long haul from November 2010 when I first came up with the idea of another GALE Conference. During the JALT conference in Nagoya last November, we had many members asking when the next GALE event was going to be especially after our successful collaboration with IGALA at the IGALA6 conference in Tokyo last September. It was a great event with a strong GALE presence. 

With such an overwhelming interest in another GALE event, the only thing for it was to organize one. And organize one we did! There were a few bumps in the road along the way but the end justifies the means and so here we are. 

I would like to extend a very big thank you to Nancy Lee for making it possible for us to hold the conference at Kyoto University. There were lots of negotiations on our behalf for which we are most grateful. 

I would also like to express my gratitude to all the GALE exec for their support in making this conference come to fruition. It wouldn`t have happened without you. As I said at the beginning when I quoted an African proverb, 
If you want to go quickly go alone, if you want to go far, go together.
 
We have certainly come far together and it has brought us to where we are today. Thank you all! 

Finally, I really do hope you all enjoy the conference and have a great day.

2010

2009

GALE was a co-sponsor of the 8th Annual Pan-SIG Conference 2009

Held on Saturday and Sunday, May 23rd and 24th, 2009 at Toyo Gakuen University, Nagareyama Campus, in Chiba.http://pansig.org/2009.

 

GALE Presentations at the Pan-SIG 2009 Conference

1) The beauty myth: Women's Fight with advertising (Folake Abass)

2) Maria diets and Mr. Schmitt does overtime: Gender bias in textbooks for learners of Japanese (Rachel Winter)

3) Exploring "Genderlects" in film (Michi Saki)
4) Gender differences in extensive reading (Atsuko Takase)
5) Motivations and masculinities (Todd Squires)


Abstracts for all of the above are here

2008


PAC7 at JALT 2008

"Shared Identities: Our Interweaving Threads"

31 October – 3 November, 2008

National Olympics Memorial Youth Center

Synopsis of the GALE Forum Panel Discussion

Four international researchers enlighten us with reports on their research:  in East Timor, expatriate gender and racial relations expose the persistence of colonial relations and power; in Cambodia, an English language retraining program for ‘entertainment’ women prepares them for reintegration into society; in Australia, a sociolinguistic analysis of Japanese women’s pilgrimage for language learning, travelling and careers in tourism; and from Japan, an examination of the limits of thought towards gender and sexuality in language education.

ABSTRACTS FOR GALE PANEL 

NEELA GRIFFITHS

Teaching Hotel English to Cambodian 'beer girls'

Tourism and the hospitality industry are booming in the town of Siem Reap near the Angkor Wat temple complex in northwest Cambodia. However, despite the increase in employment opportunities the majority of hotel employees continue to be male, as they have attained the required education levels.

In 2006, the international development organisation SiRCHESI, launched a hotel apprenticeship program to improve employment prospects for women in the local hotel industry. The program is designed specifically for women working as ‘beer girls', who promote and sell beer in beer gardens, restaurants, and Karaoke bars, and drink with their ‘clients’ in order to make their commission. As such, they experience marginalisation and discrimination within Cambodian society. An objective of the apprenticeship program is to help end the exploitation of these women through the teaching of Khmer literacy, English literacy and occupational English, and industry relevant skills.

This paper will report on the multimodal pedagogical approach used in teaching the English language component, discuss some of the challenges faced, and reflect on the broader impact of the language program on these women’s life chances and long-term career opportunities.

Neela Griffiths, ELSSA Centre, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

ROSLYN APPLEBY

This paper considers ‘gender trouble’ as a dimension of English language teachers’ experiences in international development work. I argue that international development contexts have tended to reproduce the patriarchal regimes of an earlier colonial era and provide a challenging context for a (mostly) feminised language teaching profession. Just as colonial space, away from the safety of ‘home’, was primarily constructed as a domain of masculine endeavour, so too contemporary development missions, particularly in areas designated as politically unstable, produce a masculine domain that marginalises ‘unruly others’ defined by gender and race.

Drawing on interview data, the paper explores the experiences of white Australian women working as English language teachers for international development projects in East Timor. Despite the emphasis on gender equity in development rhetoric, the women’s experiences suggest that the male dominated international development community, influenced in part by an international military presence, produced a neo-colonial space in which women were perceived as an anomaly. In this context, white women became objects of expatriate male desire and surveillance, their mobility constrained by the threat allegedly posed by indigenous male violence. The intertwined gender and racial relations established by these expatriate discourses testify to the persistence of colonial relations of power in contemporary enterprises of development and language education.


CLAIRE MAREE

The possible problematic of queer pedagogy and/or Gender, Sexuality and Japanese Language Education

(Claire Maree, Tsuda College maree@tsuda.ac.jp)

Critical approaches to gender and language learning have alerted language educators and scholars to issues related to language education and gender such as ‘access,’ ‘agency,’ ‘gender performativity,’and ‘critical pedagogy’ (Pavlenko & Piller 2001). What will it mean to bring attention to issues of sexuality? For, as queer theory has shown, much previous research has presented gender as heteronormativity, and much work remains to be done on the complex intertwining with normative accounts of gender with compulsory heterosexuality. 

As Pennycook has shown, we must attend to questions of difference in any critical approach to language teaching/learning, however, it is never enough to merely widen the circle of identities to include more diverse representations of being. Pennycook advocates that we “engage” with difference to involve the restrictions enforced by token inclusivity. This approach is one that is echoed we could consider is central to discussions of queer pedagogy. For example, Britzman advocates a pedagogy “that refuses normal practices and practices of normalcy, one that begins with an ethical concern for one’s own reading practices, one that is interested in exploring what one cannot bear to know, on interested in the imagining of a sociality unhinged from the dominant conceptual order.” (117) To engage in this process, we are urged to â€œengage the limit of thought.” (107-108). What are the limits of thoughts toward gender and sexuality in Japanese Language Education? In this paper, I will follow this line of questioning to discuss critically the possible problematics of queer pedagogy and/or Gender, Sexuality and Japanese Language Education in Japan.

Works Cited

Britzman, D.P. “Is there a Queer Pedagogy? Or, Stop Reading Straight” Stephen J. Ball (ed.)

Sociology of Education: Major Themes Volume 1. London; New York: Routledge. 2000

Pavelenko, Aneta, Adrian Blackledge, Ingrid Piller, Marya Teutsch-Dwyer 2001. Multilingualism,

Second Language Learning and Gender. Mouton.

Pennycook, Alistair. 2001. Critical applied linguistics: a critical introduction. Lawrence Earlbaum

MAY 2008

Seventh Annual Pan-SIG Conference 2008

Gender Awareness in Language Education

Saturday 10:00 – 10:45 Room Z25 (Changed to Sunday 16.00-16.45 Room Z27)

Utilizing popular TV dramas as materials for raising gender awareness

Tatsuhiko Paul Nagasaka, Tsuda College (qwq00526@nifty.com)

*PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PRESENTATION WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON SUNDAY MAY 11TH FROM 16.00-16.45 IN ROOM Z27

 

Saturday 11:00 – 11:45 Room Z25

English for self-fashioning: Case studies of three Japanese women

Yoko Sabatani, Temple University (yksaba@ce.mbn.or.jp)

 

GALE FEATURED SPEAKER

Saturday 13:00 – 13:45 Room Z21

Should we strive to be gender-unbiased/neutral?

Blake E. Hayes, Ritsumeikan University

 

Saturday 15:15 – 16:00 Room Z25

Constructing gender in junior high school textbooks: observing process and product.

Thomas Hardy, Keio University (thomas_merlot@yahoo.com)

 

Saturday 16:15 – 17:00 Room Z25

Enhancing the non-traditional academic career path in Japan

Kim Bradford-Watts, Kyoto Women's University (Kyoto University wundakim@yahoo.com)

 

Sunday 9:00 – 9:45 Room Z25

So where are the working women? A discussion of gender roles in high school textbooks

Fumie Togano, Hosei Daini High School (toganofumie@hotmail.com)

 

 

Sunday10:00 – 10:45 Room Z25

Lessons from bilingual speech for the language classroom: The gender factor

Oana Maria Cusen, Ritsumeikan University (oana_maria_c@yahoo.com)

 

Sunday 13:00 – 13:45 Room Z25

Gendered patterns in classroom interaction

Yuki Matsuo, Ritsumeikan University (yukimatsuo814@hotmail.com)

 

Sunday 14:00 – 14:45 Room Z25

En(d)gendering “communicative competence�

Tamarah Cohen, Kansai Gaidai University (tamarahc@hotmail.com)

 

Sunday 15:00 – 16:30 Room Z25

Sexual harassment in Japanese higher education

Steve Silver, Kwansei Gakuin University (sgsilver@gmail.com) & Salem Hicks, Kyoto Women’s University

 

Sunday 16:30 – 17:00 Room Z25

Diversity in the classroom

Salem Hicks, Kyoto Women’s University (salemhicks2@yahoo.com)

2007

Announcements and News

October 6-7, 2007

GALE held a mini-conference which tool place Oct. 6 and 7 at Temple University's campus in Osaka. It featured Janet Holmes, a language and gender scholar in New Zealand.

 

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