Message from the Coordinator (February 2019)

Dear MW SIG Members,

The latest issue of Between the Keys is now online. If you are interested in making a submission for an upcoming issue, please see the Submissions Guidelines and Information on the SIG’s website: How to Submit to Between the Keys

Presentation opportunities

First, we are pleased to announce that we will be co-sponsoring the 2019 OKINAWA JALT Summer Language Teaching Symposium held in Naha from June 21-23. In addition, we will be sponsoring Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto as a featured speaker. The conference committee is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations, short presentations, and workshops. The deadline for submissions is March 15, so submit your proposals soon.  For more details about the symposium, please visit the conference website and check out the advertisement on the final page of this issue of Between the Keys.

Second, many of you are probably already aware of the theme for JALT 2019: Teacher Efficacy, Learner Agency. The former involves a collective vision for and confidence in student progress. The latter entails allowing students to take charge of their own learning. These two concepts should inform the process of creating teaching materials, but how?

We would love to hear our SIG members’ take on these issues in our SIG Forum at JALT 2019. We especially welcome contributions that relate to topics such as: collaboration in creating materials, materials that encourage students to take ownership of their learning, materials that promote critical thinking, fostering a mindset of efficacy in teachers through materials, involving students in creating materials, involving other teachers in creating materials, understanding the needs and goals of local schools and publishers, etc.

All SIG members are welcome to participate. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and work with a wider audience and gain valuable presenting experience. If you are interested in participating in the Forum, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by April 1.

Call for reviews (from the Language Teacher)

The Language Teacher is always looking for people to submit book reviews, and she thought that many of our SIG members might be interested in that. In addition, if any of our SIG members have published materials and would like to submit them for review, they can do that by contacting Julie Kimura. The contact information is listed in The Language Teacher as follows:

Email for submitting book reviews (column editors: Robert Taferner & Stephen Case): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website regarding TLT book reviews:

Email for inquiries regarding available books to review or submitting books for review: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Address for submitting materials for review:

Julie Kimura
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences,Mukogawa Women's University, 11-68 Koshien
Kyuban-cho, Nishinomiya, Hyogo 663-8179,



Message from the Coordinator (October 2018)

Dear MW SIG members,

The autumn semester has been flying by and the JALT International Conference will soon be here. I’m sure that it will be a great conference for professional development. Hope to see you in Shizuoka! In the meantime, here’s what has been happening in your SIG.

Adam Murray
SIG Coordinator


Officers for 2018-2019

Are you interested in becoming more active in YOUR SIG? The SIG needs your help. All JALT SIGs have five “core” officers: coordinator, treasurer, program chair, publication chair, and membership chair. In addition, the MW SIG has other officer positions such as publicity, Japanese language coordinator, website editor, and member-at-large. If you like to read a basic overview of this positions, please check out the officers’ page on the website: To express your interest in stepping forward and running for one of these positions, please contact me < murray @ gec. lab. u-ryukyu .ac .jp > (Spaces have been added to avoid the spam-bots) by October 31, 2108.

MW SIG Annual General Meeting (AGM)

MW SIG Annual General Meeting
Saturday, November 24, 3:45 PM – 4:30 PM; Room 907

At this meeting, we will elect new officers, report on our activities over the previous year, and discuss ongoing SIG matters. Please plan to attend the AGM – we need your support! If you are considering becoming more active in your SIG, this is the perfect opportunity!

Between the Keys

We are hard at work on the current issue of Between the Keys and we anticipate that it will be published early next month. Got something to share with your colleagues in Japan and around the world? The deadline for submissions for the next issue is November 10th. We publish a wide range of articles including reviews, and “My Share”-style articles. For more details (and the style guide) take a look at

MW SIG Forum

MW SIG Forum: Diversity and Inclusion in Teaching Materials
Saturday, November 24, 5:50 PM – 7:20 PM; Room 904

Diversity is becoming an increasingly important issue in today's society. It is therefore in our students' best interests for us to include a wider range of voices in our teaching materials. In this interactive forum hosted by the Materials Writers SIG, a panel of writers will share how they incorporate diverse voices and related topics into the teaching materials that they create. Both theoretical approaches and practical considerations will be discussed.