CAJLE Annual Conference 2014 in Montreal

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About The Conference

CAJLE holds an annual conference which includes lectures and workshops by guest speakers, as well as, research presentations and a general meeting.  The conference provides a great opportunity for participants to exchange information and opinions on Japanese language education and Japanese linguistics.

In order to enhance our collaboration with members in various regions across Canada, we have held the conferences in the following locations in the past:  Calgary, Victoria, Fredericton, Vancouver, Regina, Banff and Toronto where CAJLE was founded.  (Click here for information about past conferences)

The CAJLE 2014 Annual Conference will take place in Montreal, Quebec.

Theme: Language education and identities: Japanese language education in multicultural societies

Dates: Wed. August 20-Thu. August 21
Venue: Best Western Ville-Marie Hotel & Suites, Montreal, Quebec ( )
Keynote Lecture/ Teacher Workshop: Dr. Yasuko Kanno (Temple University) (
Open Forum chair: Dr. Takehiro Kanaya (University of Montreal: retired in 2012)

The province of Quebec is renowned for its predominantly French-speaking population and its sole official language being French. Putting this unique feature of Quebec in perspective, the CAJLE 2014 Annual Conference will look into Japanese language education in multicultural societies.

Cultural background and identity are closely related to language education.  To achieve effective teaching and meaningful learning, it is, therefore, essential to understand how they link to each other.  In a country such as Canada that proclaims its multiculturalism/multilingualism, this aspect of language education requires special attention.  With this in mind, we will welcome Dr. Yasuko Kanno of Temple University for our Keynote Lecture and for the Teacher Workshop.  Her research centers around topics in applied linguistics, in particular, topics such as linguistic minority, bilingual education and ethnography.

For the Open Forum, we will invite Japanese language teachers in Quebec to discuss their experiences and challenges.  Dr. Takehiro Kanaya, who taught at the University of Montreal for many years, will give a short lecture and facilitate the forum.

There will be paper presentation sessions (two sessions concurrently) and a poster presentation session (90-minute session by itself).  For information regarding the application procedure, please see the Call for Proposals.

The detailed information such as conference program, registration and accommodation will become available at a later date.  The French version will be available soon.

We hope that many of you will join us in the CAJLE 2014 and enjoy the charming city of Montreal.

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J-GAP Seminar in Montreal

On the day after the conference CAJLE will hold J-GAP (Japanese Global Articulation Project) Seminar at the same venue. For details, please visit our website at the link below or in the menu bar on the right side of this page. Anyone involved in Japanese language teaching is welcome.
Toward Articulation Across Japanese Programs: Activities of CAJLE’s  J-GAP Canada
Date & Time: Friday, August 22,13:00-16:30
Venue: Best Western Ville-Marie Hotel & Suites, Salon Mont-Royal I (The same venue as CAJLE2014)
Registration Fee: Free of charge (Registration required)

With the support of

  • Centre for East Asian Research, McGill University
  • Department of East Asian Studies, McGill University
  • Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Mount Allison University
  • Faculty of Arts, Mount Allison University
  • Ritsumeikan University/Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
  • The Japan Foundation
  • Consulate General of Japan at Montreal
  • City of Montreal
  • Nippon Express Canada
  • IACE Travel

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