The 5th Symposium on Language and Sustainability in Asia

The Mitsui Garden Hotel
June 24-25, 2018

Hiroshima, Japan

SELSA 2018 will be held at the Mitsui Garden Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan
Sunday and Monday, June 24-25, 2018

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Welcome to the 5th Symposium on Language and Sustainability in Asia (SELSA 2018), which is being held Sunday and Monday, June 24-25, 2018 at the Mitsui Garden Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan. This is an international, peer-reviewed event that is being held in partnership with two other small events focusing on perspectives on holistic sustainability: The 6th Conference on Anthropology and Sustainability in Asia (CASA 2018) and The 4th Conference on the Social Sciences, Sociology and Globalization in Asia (COSGA 2018)


About SELSA 2018

Sustainability is a term of recent origin with widespread contemporary saliency. In its popular use, sustainability tends to focus mostly on issues of natural environment; however, as globalization advances and boundaries between countries fade away, the need to communicate in a second or multiple languages has altered the linguistic landscape. As a result, second language acquisition and foreign language teaching have progressed to the forefront of linguistics, providing a critical framework in understanding how language is acquired or learned and its pedagogical implications. Language today not only links nations but also empowers individuals toward greater upward mobility, all of which makes it an indispensable tool in modern society.

Approaches towards education and language teaching have evolved over the past decades from their early days of the grammar/translation method and audio-lingual method to Krashen’s monitor theory to the communicative and content-based approaches that dominate today. Plus with the development of modern technology, CALL or computer-assisted language learning has gained wider acceptance in the classroom though research on it still remains relatively limited. Despite these advances, it is still necessary to examine how individual language skills are learned as well as the roles teachers play.

With the theme Language, Diversity and Globalization, SELSA 2018 is a wonderful opportunity to share research, insights and techniques, and form professional networks.

SELSA 2018 Submit Abstract

  • Culture and Language
  • Education Technology
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • EFL / ESL
  • Endangered Languages
  • Language and Sustainability
  • Language Planning and Policy
  • Language Testing and Evaluation
  • Social Justice and Literacy
  • Other Areas (please specify)

Program Committee Chairperson

Takayuki Yamada Takayuki Yamada
Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai
Special Adviser, Polio Plus Committee of Japan
Committee Member, Rotary International Youth Exchange of Japan

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2016 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Co-Chair and Program Director

Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
INTESDA Program Director

Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

Co-Chair and Plenary Speaker

Harry Carley, Matsuyama University Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech
English Department, School of Humanities
Matsuyama University, JapanPlenary Theme: An Analysis of Current English Language Education in Cambodia

Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, currently lecturer in the English Department of the School of Humanities, at Matsuyama University, Ehime, Japan has acquired an expanded knowledge of the Japanese educational system while instructing English. His almost 30 years of residing in Japan has afforded him the opportunity to become involved with all aspects of English language teaching. He has taught extensively at the kindergarten, primary, junior and senior high levels for 20 years. His current position at the tertiary level has permitted him to incorporate his prior earlier teaching knowledge with the latest technological advancements. His aim has been to offer lessons that offer opportunities for language expansion as well as at the same time as contributing to expanding learner’s active presentation and computer skills. His key research interest concerns understanding language learning as it is constantly evolving along with the latest enhancements in technical knowledge.

Review Committee

Masanori Kaneko Masanori Kaneko, Ph.D.
National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU)
Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Masanori Kaneko is a Japanese cultural anthropologist whose expertise and research focuses on the culture and people of Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries.  He focus to the dynamism of socio-cultural changes, the new development of identities, also the changes of daily material culture in South East Asia. Sustainability is one of the most indispensable concept to analyze these countries in rapid change.

He is now working as assistant professor of the National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), one of four inter-university research institute corporations in Japan dedicated to the advancement of research in humane studies.

Most Recent Publications:

– “Beyond the Ethnic Barriers: The Regional Title System in Lampung Province, Indonesia, and the Challenges of the Regional Society (「民族のしがらみを超えて—ランプン州における地域称号制度と地域社会の課題」)”, in Yamaguchi, Hiroko, Masanori Kaneko, and Koji Tsuda (eds.), Nation and Heroes: The Dynamism of Modern Indonesian Society(『「国家英雄」が映すインドネシア』), 2017, Nagano: M okuseisha (in Japanese).
– “Stories about Household Goods of Indonesian People: A Case Study of Bandar Lampung City, Lampung Province, Indonesia(「生活用品をめぐる「モノ」語り—インドネシア共和国ランプン州バンダルランプン市の事例から」)“, 2017, Hakusan Jinruigaku vol. 20 (in Japanese).

Program Committee

SELSA 2018 is an international, peer-reviewed symposium. As a general rule, all applicants must use a university or institution registered e-mail address to submit an abstract for evaluation. Please contact the secretariat if you need assistance.

Our review process employs a double-blind review system with instructions and a scoring rubric that assesses a range of areas which are not limited to, but include originality, clarity, organization, methodology, spelling, grammar and suitability for the symposium.

Accepted abstracts and papers will appear in the proceedings. Full papers are welcome, but not required for presentation in this conference.

We wish to thank the following people for their willingness and effort to assist with the reading and editorial committee work:

SELSA 2018 Reviewers

Masanori Kaneko, Ph.D. National Institute for the Humanities (NIHU), Japan
Alan Brady, Ph.D. (Prof. Emeritus) Faculty of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan
Andrew Domondon, M.A. International Center for Science Programs, Waseda University, Japan
Mikako Nobuhara, M.A. Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology, Japan
Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech School of Humanities, Matsuyama University, Japan
Ya-Fung Chang, Ph.D. Center for Teacher Education, Tamkang University, Taiwan
Cassie Sade Turnipseed, Ph.D. Social Sciences Dept., Mississippi Valley State University, USA
Muhammad Japar, Ph.D. Civic Education Dept., Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia

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