Japan, the land of technology, was slow in joining the CALL revolution, pretty much just entering it in 1990 or so. In 1992 Kazunori Nozawa, professor at Toyohashi University of Technology, saw the need for a network to help people who are interested in CALL to share their knowledge, experience, problems, and questions. He unflaggingly worked to collect 50 members so that the CALL group could be officially recognized as a JALT entity in 1993. In our first year we put out several newsletters and held a conference on computers and composition. In our second year we put out some more excellent newsletters, published the proceedings of the conference, held a software fair, participated in several regional conferences, and most exciting, we started our own Internet list for EFL in Japan, JALTCALL. In our third year we put out some excellent newsletters, held a software fair, provided 3 days of excellent CALL programming at JALT’s international conference, JALT95, and at regional conferences, and started our electronic journal, JALTCALL-EJ. In the meantime, we grew from 50 members in 1993 to about 250 members in the beginning of 1996. What I am saying is that Kazunori’s initial idea has grown at a phenomenal rate over the last 3 years in the services it provides its members, and will continue to grow and improve. Join us!
David Kluge, Co-founder, first Program Chair and the Second Chair
Since many members were interested in the field of CALL, we were very enthusiastic to form an N-SIG to share information and ideas. After a year-long effort, a petition of its official formation was sent and CALL N-SIG was officially approved at the ExCom in January 1993 and started its active involvement and contribution. Special thanks go to Kenji Kitao, Bob Shaw, Steve McGuire, Shuji Ozeki and other former officers who were always supportive and helped a lot from the beginning. It now has a “hot” mail-list. We hope CALL N-SIG will continue its contribution.
Kazunori Nozawa, Co-founder and the first Chair