PanSIG: Inspiration Via the Inspired

Jason Pratt

West Tokyo JALT

Programs Chair

Toyo Gakuen University

May 2018

2018 was the first year that I attended a PanSIG event. As I was working multiple roles as part of the conference committee, I was unable to attend any presentations, but I found the conference to be a wonderful experience.

One of my duties was to serve as deputy site manager under Dr. Andy Boon, a legend in West Tokyo JALT (and beyond). A main duty here was running the student volunteers program. Over 30 students, mostly my own, volunteered to help. I was impressed with their dedication and enthusiasm. As I always strive to create opportunities for my students to use English in real situations and to increase their confidence, I found this to be the perfect scenario. This inspired me to consider ways to involve students in West Tokyo JALT events and I hope to move forward with that in 2019.

Beyond this, I moderated one of the conference’s three plenary sessions and gave my own presentation on social media as a tool for promoting writing skills and global awareness. Presenting and running our chapter’s programs march hand-in-hand towards mutual benefit. I am able to see what others do and learn how to improve my own presenting. Furthermore, in considering what I think is important when I present and in how I bring benefit to participants, I am able to better consider what qualities a presenter would need to have in order to benefit attendees of our chapter’s events.

Having said this, I look forward to being a regular participant or committee member at PanSIG events in the future. And finally, I would like to thank the wonderful Chiyuki Yanase for the photographs.

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