Previous FLEAT Conferences


FLEAT I August 18-21, 1981

  Takashi Kuroda, Sutesaburo Kohmoto, Sam Burggraaf, & Yasushi Sato

In the late 1970’s, Professor Sutesaburo Kohmoto, Dean of the Graduate School of English Studies of Meigi Gakuin University and an officer of the Language Laboratory Association of Japan (LLA), met several times with the Executive Director of the National Association of Language Laboratory Directors (NALLD), Mr. Sam Burggraaf, of Brigham Young University. As a result of these meetings they agreed to submit a proposal to both organizations to sponsor an international conference to be held in Japan.

Both boards approved the proposal and it was decided that Prof. Kohmoto would chair the first Foreign Language Education And Technology conference. The distinguished President of LLA, the late Professor Takashi Kuroda of Otsuma's Women's College, would serve as President of the Conference. Professor Kohmoto assigned Prof. Yasushi Sato of Meiji Gakuin to be a liaison officer to NALLD. He was most helpful in interpreting organizational strategies and promoting understanding between both groups.

Because of Professor Kohmoto's efforts, organizational and personal skills, and initiative, he should be considered the "Father of FLEAT."

FLEAT II August 4-7, 1992


The second international FLEAT conference, which was held at the Nagoya International Center and Chubu University, Kasugai, Japan, was a memorable experience for the many IALL members who attended. Not only was the professional relationship between the two associations strengthened, but, in the words of Willard Daetsch, "Most of us, Japanese and visitors, came away from the conference with stacks of calling cards and many friendly contacts which we shall no doubt maintain."

Comments in the conference program by the presidents of the two sponsoring organizations, LIA Japan and IALL, sum up the themes of the conference:

“I would like to emphasize one point: we should become masters of technology rather than being en- slaved by it. We need to establish our own teaching goals, and then make use of technology to attain these goals. To my mind, this is the crux of our discussions and exchanges at FLEAT II. On the interaction between LLA and IALL in the years to come, I am confident we will be able to more fully integrate the goals of language teaching and technological innovation.”

-Yoshinobu Niwa President, LLA Japan

“ Foreign language education and technology--why are these two areas so closely interwoven? One obvious reason is that technology now permeates the fabric of our daily existence. However, there's a more telling reason, and that lies in the fact that the goal of foreign language education and the end results of technology (email, teleconferencing, distance education, for example) are one and the same; that is, to bring people together. Thus technology is a natural tool in support of foreign language education. Bringing people together is what FLEAT II is all about as well; ... As you review your program, you will see that this conference brings people together from across national borders and across disciplines to share the best of what each has to offer.”

-LeeAnn Stone, President, IALL


FLEAT III August 12 - 16, 1997, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C. Canada

The Foreign Language Education and Technology Conference III was held August 12-16, 1997 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The conference was attended by more than 550 people from twelve countries, including approximately 120 participants from Japan. The conference program, reports and photos are available at:

FLEAT IV July 28 - August 1, 2000 Kobe, Japan

FLEAT IV, sponsored by the Japan Association for Language Education and Technology (LET), the International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT), and the Korea Association of Multimedia Assisted Language Learning, (KAMALL) was held at Rokko Island City, Kobe, Kobe, Japan from July 28 through August 1, 2000. The theme was “Language Learning and Multimedia: Bridging Humanity and Technology.”

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