Business Communication SIG


Published: Sat, 05/08/2010 - 1:37pm

The forming JALT Business Communication SIG is intended to develop the discipline of teaching English conducive to participation in the world business community. We wish to provide instructors in this field with a means of collaboration and sharing best teaching practices.

JALT Business Communication SIGは、世界のビジネス界に通用する英語教育の発展を目的に持ち、結成されました。連携体制を組み、最善の教育方法を共有することにより、英語教育に携わるインストラクターの皆様のお手伝いを致します。

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SIG Officers


Alan Simpson
Alan Simpson
Alan Simpson
Jo Williamson
Bill Burns

Kyushu disasters and recovery

The Board of Directors on behalf of JALT members want to express our sadness at the recent earthquakes and other resulting disasters in Kyushu and are concerned for the welfare of all those in the affected areas. We hope that our members find appropriate ways of assisting with recovery efforts. One way might be to provide contributions.

While there are many organizations starting to provide relief, one group with a proven track record is Second Harvest Japan. Donations can be made at this link.

Upcoming Events


Professor Michael Handford
Andrew Vaughan
Professor Hiromasa Tanaka
Saturday, 25 June 2016 - 2:00pm - Sunday, 26 June 2016 - 2:00pm

The aim of this event is to throw light on the various ways that Business English is being learned, taught and used in workplaces in Japan. So we want to draw together corporate, academic and private business English teachers and researchers to discuss current teaching practices and how this field is evolving.

Michael Handford is a professor at Cardiff University's School of English, Communication & Philosophy, and previously worked in Tokyo University's Institute for Innovation in International Engineering Education. His research interests are professional communication, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, intercultural communication, and pragmatics. He also co-authored the much acclaimed Business Advantage textbook.

Andrew Vaughan has been working in corporate training programs in Japan for 25 years, as a teacher, materials developer and course designer. He's currently the GM of a Japan-based company, which designs and delivers customized language/communication skills programs for Japanese and foreign-owned companies. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience about how the Japanese corporate language training field has evolved, and will bring his interests in testing and evaluation to show the return on investment in language programs.

Hiromasa Tanaka is a professor at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Meisei University in Tokyo. His research interest is in the area of business discourse and critical pedagogy with a special focus on human resource development in multi-national business corporations. He has published 78 books and articles in the field of business discourse and human resource development both in Japanese and English.

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