JALT PanSIG Conference May 19-21

PanSIG is an annual conference held in May 19-21 at Akita International University (AIU) in Akita City, Akita Prefecture, Japan.  The conference is organized by many of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT). The conference brings together leading scholars and practitioners in language education from Japan, Asia, and throughout the world. It is meant to be a smaller, more intimate conference than the annual international JALT conference (which is held each fall), and is a place where SIG members can network with each other.


Theme: Expand your interests

Venue: Akita International University (AIU) (access)

Location: Akita City, Akita Prefecture, Japan

Dates: May 19 – 21 (Friday to Sunday), 2017

Click on the Schedule Overview

for highlights and detailed schedule of events.
Our own SO SIG Coordinator, Ryan Hagglund will be giving two presentations at PanSig 2017.

Date:  21/May/2017

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Location: B102

1:00pm – 2:30pm

School Owners’ SIG Forum

Presenter:  Ryan Hagglund

School Owners’ SIG, Japan, MY English School

As at JALT National and last year’s PanSIG, this will be an opportunity for owners to gather together and discuss/debate different issues related to the business side of running a language school. Previous issues discussed have included teacher contracts, school culture, and teacher policies.

Date:  21/May/2017

Time:  2:30pm-3:15pm

Location:  Auditorium Poster 2 Presentations

Building School Culture at For-Profit Language Schools

Presenter:  Ryan Hagglund

School Owners’ SIG, Japan

It is said that culture trumps strategy. MY English School, based in Yamagata Prefecture, has 17 fulltime teachers, an annual teacher retention rate of over 80%, and growth from 100 students to over 900 since 2008. This poster presentation highlights many ways the school employs the latest management techniques to build a professional and positive school culture that leads to quality lessons, student growth, positive peer pressure in regard to professional development, and high teacher retention.





JALT Conference 2015

The SIG AGM and forum were both successful.  We elected a new officer, Robert Sieveking, who will be serving as Programs Chair.  Rob Olson has moved to Publications, fittingly since he designed our logo and edited our first SO SIG Newsletter.  Check our our facebook page (JALTSchool Owners SIG) and keep an eye out for updates!

JALT National Conference 2015

The School Owners SIG will have both a debate and a short meeting at this year’s National Conference.  The debate will be on Saturday, November 21st from 5:15 to 6:45 PM in room 907.  Our general meeting will be on Sunday, November 22nd from 12:45 to 1:30 PM in room 1003.  Stop by, grab a copy of our newsletter and let us know what you think of the SIG’s progress this year.

Welcome to the SO SIG!

The year 2015 has been a busy one for the SO SIG.  First, we published our first newsletter, which both members and non-members are invited to download and enjoy.  Second, our Treasurer Mark Makino made a presentation at this year’s PanSIG Conference in Kobe.  As summer draws near we look forward to filling the second half of the year with even more activities for our members and for school owners around Japan.