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The Dutch man only known as Aydin C has been sentenced and is to be extradited to Canada for cyberbullying related crimes that led to the 2012 suicide of fifteen year old Amanda Todd (BBC). The extradition now only needs to be approved by the Dutch justice minister. Amanda Todd’s case was popularised after she posted her story online in 2012, and especially following her suicide only a few weeks later.

Cyberbullying affects about 28% of teenagers (http://cyberbullying.org/statistics) affecting children as young as 10. The most common forms include mean or hurtful comments, rumors, and other forms (http://cyberbullying.org/2010-data). There are a things parents and teachers can do, see here: http://cyberbullying.org/resources/educators, http://stopcyberbullying.org/, and https://www.stopbullying.gov.


The cherry blossoms (aka, sakura) are blooming right now in Japan, and that means the start of a new academic year here. We wish you the best.

Cherry blossoms in Japan.
Cherry blossoms in Japan.

There are some great books about Computer Assisted Language Learning available for pre-order on Amazon, which will essential for our language teaching members. They are:


The joint Applied Linguistics Conference for ALANZ, ALAA, and ALTAANZ has a call for submissions for their conference to be held on 27-29th Nov 2017, at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland New Zealand. Close of submissions is 1st May 2017. Details via ALAA.

JALT Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) annual conference will be 16th to 18th June 2017, at Matsuyama University, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. HelloSpace.Me will be there. Details at JALT CALL.

The British Association of Applied Linguists (BAAL) annual conference will be held in the University of Leeds, from 31st Aug to 2nd Sept 2017. Submissions have closed. Details at BAAL.

The Pan Asian Consortium of Language Teaching Societies and KOTESOL will be co-hosting their annual conferences at Sookmyung Women’s University, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, from 21st to 22nd October 2017. Call for submissions due 31st May 2017. Details at KOTESOL.

The Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT) will hold their annual conference at Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, from 17th to 20th November. Submissions are already closed. Details at JALT.

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