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Creating a sustainable conference

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 2:56pm

For the first time, the JALT International Conference will have a designated Liaison with JALT's Environmental Committee. The document from ASU linked below may be a useful blueprint for a sustainable conference.


If you any suggestions, big or small, please contact Brent Simmons, the Liaison, at [greenjalt@gmail.com. Or, if would like to jump on board and help out, the Environment Committee and the JALT Conference planners are always looking for new people.
JALT is already planning for the 2016 conference in Nagoya and are looking at ways to involve our students on the road to sustainability.

Announcements | September 2015 All TLA edition

Wed, 09/23/2015 - 7:05pm

September 2015 | All TLA edition
(Republished from our monthly Announcements email list)

Dear JALT Members and other Teachers,

First, it has been a while, so time for another short explanation about this mailing list. We have included all JALT members (current and former) but also a few other teachers such as conference participants or others who have shown an interest in JALT. If you wish to leave the list at any time, there is an unsubscribe link at the end of each message.

Thank you for your time and interest,

On behalf of the JALT Board of Directors
Ted O'Neill
Director of Public Relations

On to the Three Letter Acronyms (TLAs)

1. FAB 8 NeuroELT
2. IFF Or, what to eat at JALT2015?
3. OGM Or, the business of running JALT as an NPO
4. ALT A website worth visiting

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1. FAB 8
The JALT BRAIN-SIG, and Nara, Kyoto, Kobe, and Osaka chapters are all co-sponsors of the upcoming NeuroELT Conference. There is still time for Kansai area teachers (or even those further afield) to attend.

September 26 (Sat) – September 27 (Sun)
Pre conference meeting is on 25(Fri).
Info at: http://fab-efl.com

Price for full conference: 12,000 yen
One-day visitor: 8,000 yen

*1,000 yen discount for JALT/ETJ/JII/KoTESOL/ITEC members

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2. IFF Or, what to eat at JALT2015?
We are very excited this year to have an International Food Fair (IFF) for JALT2015 participants. There will be several food and beverage vendors providing vegetarian and nonvegetarian meals. The IFF will be located at the back of Granship just outside the Main Hall.

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3. OGM Or, the business of running JALT as an NPO

Notice of the Second 2015 JALT Ordinary General Meeting (OGM)

Date: November 22, 2015 (Sunday)
時間:17:15 – 18:15
Time: 5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
場所:静岡コンベンションアーツセンター 「グランシップ」、会議ホール・風
Location: Conference Hall – Winds, Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center「Granship」

議案 / Agenda:
第1号議案 議長選出 / Item 1. Appointment of the Chair
第2号議案 議事録署名人選出/ Item 2. Determination of signatories
第3号議案 平成26年度事業報告承認の件 / Item 3. Approval of Business Report (2014/04/01 – 2015/03/31)
第4号議案 その他の重要事項 / Item 4:Other Important Issues
* 11月初旬に、会員の皆様に議案の詳細と個別の不在投票へのリンク先をEメールでご案内いたします。
*An email containing details of the agenda and a link to an individualized ballot will be sent to you during the first week of November.


When you receive the email, please follow the instructions on how to complete the absentee ballot. Importantly, we need a majority of JALT members to be present at the OGM for it to be valid. Holding a valid OGM is necessary for us in order to maintain our status as a nonprofit organization (NPO). Fortunately, you can vote by online absentee ballot and be counted present for the meeting, as per the JALT Constitution.
Thank you very much for your membership and your support.
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4. ALT A website worth visiting

In our continuing series of websites that may be useful to language educators, this month we feature ALT. The Association for Learning Technology is the UK's leading membership organisation in the learning technology field. https://www.alt.ac.uk/.

Articles from the last 19 years of Research in Learning Technology, their internationally peer-reviewed journal, are freely available at http://bit.ly/ALTRLTJALT.

JALT2015 conference schedule now online

Thu, 09/17/2015 - 12:02am

The complete schedule for JALT2015 is now online. Over 600 presentations, forums, meetings, and workshops are scheduled throughout the 4 days of the conference, making for one of the largest annual events in the Asia-Pacific region for practitioners and researchers of foreign language instruction & learning.

You can find the schedule page here: http://jalt.org/conference/jalt2015/full-schedule

JALT2015 will be taking place at the Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center "GRANSHIP", Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan from 20th - 23rd November 2015. Full details: http://jalt.org/conference

July 2015 | Member dues, grants, new conference speakers, and more

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 5:27pm

Below is a copy of the monthly JALT Announcement email sent to all subscribing members.

Dear JALT Members,

We have lots of news, opportunities, and information for you this month.

Thank you for being a member of JALT,

On behalf of the JALT Board of Directors
Ted O'Neill
Director of Public Relations

1. Dues increase
2. Conference Registration Open
3. Specially Invited Speakers at JALT2015
4. Help us help you! Interns needed
5. JALT Research Grants
6. Join JALT Publications
7. New Associate Members
8. Featured websites

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1. Dues increase

JALT members voted to increase our membership fees, and this takes
effect September 1, 2015.

Regular members will see their annual fees rise from 10,000 to 13,000
yen. This is our first increase since 1998, and will allow JALT to
grow and serve its members in the most effective ways possible.

Membership continues to include subscriptions to our two main print
publications, The Language Teacher and JALT Journal, and free or
discounted participation in all JALT events. At the same time, our
membership structure is changing to respond to changing member needs.
Membership will now include the option to join one chapter, and will
also include the option to join one SIG.

Joint, Group, 5 Year, Senior, Student, and Overseas membership fees,
and additional SIG memberships, will also see about a 30% increase.

The best way to sign up or renew is online at
, but a furikae in the back of the TLT is
also available. Members may renew at any time to extend their term of

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2. Conference Registration Open

Online registration and accommodation reservations are now open.
Visit to get a
pre-registration discount and to secure a convenient hotel room.

Get the newest JALT2015 conference brochure at
with registration information, hotels,
access, JALT Junior, and more. Please share this PDF with friends and
colleagues. Maybe they will join us in Shizuoka this year.

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3. Specially Invited Speakers at JALT2015

Each year, JALT welcomes two speakers who represent the values, work,
and vision of two teachers who served as leaders in our association:
the Bill Balsamo Asian Scholar and the Kevin Cleary Invited Speaker.

Hà Phạm Việt - Bill Balsamo Asian Scholar
The Oxford English Academy (OEA Vietnam)
The CEFR in Vietnam: From adoption to adaptation

Ken Urano - Kevin Cleary Invited Speaker
Hokkai-Gakuen University
TBLT in Japan: In search of the middle ground

See http://jalt.org/conference/jalt2015/invited-speakers for
presentation abstracts and speaker biographies.

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4. Help us help you! Interns needed

The 2015 JALT International Conference needs student volunteers for
the JALT Pink Shirt Internship Program. Students can apply at:
http://www.tinyurl.com/jaltpinkshirts2015. If you are interested,
please email jaltpinkshirts gmail com by 1 August for additional
information, including flyer.

Here is a sample message for students:

Want to practice and improve your English skills? Want to meet new
people from all over Japan and the world? Apply to be an intern at
the 2015 JALT International Conference in Shizuoka. Don't let this
valuable opportunity slip away. The application is available at:

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5. JALT Research Grants

Application Deadline: July 31, 2015
Each year, JALT awards up to three grants for a maximum of 100,000 yen
each for research on language teaching in Japan. Only JALT members who
have no outside funding sources to conduct research are eligible to
apply. The goal of the grants is to support language teachers in their
professional development and to encourage teachers to engage in
classroom-based research. Grant applications are collected each summer
and vetted by the JALT Research Grants Committee.

Details and application can be found on the JALT Research Grants website.

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6. Join JALT Publications

Gain experience in academic publishing with JALT. Both The Language
Teacher and JALT Journal are seeking candidates for Associate Editor
positions. Demonstrate your writing and editing skills and work with a
great team.

More information online.

JJ http://jalt-publications.org/jobs/3744-jalt-journal-associate-editor
TLT http://jalt-publications.org/jobs/4559-tlt-associate-editor

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7. New Associate Members

JALT would like to welcome several new and returning Associate Members:

Alma Publishing
Banner Japan
Cornelsen Schulverlage GmbH
Sankei Human Learning Co, Ltd.
Springer Science + Business Media Singapore Pte Ltd

All of our Associate Members are listed at
http://jalt.org/main/sponsors. When you use their services or
products, please thank them for supporting JALT.

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8. Featured websites
Each month we bring websites to your attention to highlight the work
of JALT Groups and to inform you about other organizations of

JALT Group: Vocabulary SIG
The Vocab SIG can be found at http://jaltvocab.weebly.com with
information about their upcoming Colloquium in Osaka, September 13,
2015 and recent publications. Publicity Chair: Stuart McLean.

Other: AILA
AILA is the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée or
International Association of Applied Linguistics. AILA has a
membership of more than 8.000 individuals worldwide who as
researchers, policy makers or practitioners are active in the field of
Applied Linguistics. Claire Kramsch, JALT2014 Plenary Speaker, is the
President of AILA.
Visit http://www.aila.info/.

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OGM Voting Results

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 8:52am

The outcome of the ballot for the June 29th OGM has been finalised. Details can be found at http://jalt.org/general/results-first-ogm-absentee-ballot-2015

JALT Seeking Candidates for Two New Officer Positions

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 1:07pm

As part of our strategic plan for JALT in the future, we have created two new positions for members interested in hands on, creative, and practical work in professional development. These positions require experience, energy, and commitment, but also offer the successful applicants support and autonomy to do great things.

Visit JALT Opportunities to learn more about the Regional Activities Program Chair and Young Learners Subcommittee Chair. These are great ways to work with educators around Japan.

[JALT-Announcements] June 2015 | Voting reminder and more

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 5:14pm

Here is a copy of the monthly Announcement email sent 17 June 2015.

Dear JALT Members,

We have a just few announcements for you this month. The most important is
voting on the proposed increase in JALT membership fees.

On behalf of the JALT Board of Directors
Ted O'Neill
JALT Director of Public Relations

1. Please vote online in the JALT Ordinary General Meeting
2. TLT and JJ seeking Associate Editors
3. Nakasendo Conference
4. Student Discounts for JALT2015
5. Featured Websites

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1. Please vote online in the JALT Ordinary General Meeting

JALT Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) Ballots were emailed June 9. The JALT
OGM will be held June 28th in Osaka. This meeting decides important changes
for JALT. We need your vote to establish quorum, but more importantly so
that JALT reflects our members' views and wishes. JALT members can vote
online, and everyone should have received a ballot by email. If you have
not received your ballot, check your spam folder.

Members can also vote at http://jalt.org/2015-1-ogm but you will need to
input your name, and membership information. Your membership number is on
your TLT mailing label.

An important issue on the ballot this time is a proposed membership dues
increase. The Executive Board Meeting approved the increase in February (35
in favor-6 opposed-0 abstentions) but for it to take effect the general
membership needs to ratify it.

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2. TLT and JJ seeking Associate Editors

Get into publishing with JALT. Both The Language Teacher and JALT Journal
are seeking candidates for Associate Editor positions. This is a great way
to gain experience in publishing, and JALT Pubs staff are a great team of
people to work with.

More information online.

JJ http://jalt-publications.org/jobs/3744-jalt-journal-associate-editor
TLT http://jalt-publications.org/jobs/4559-tlt-associate-editor

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3. Nakasendo Conference

Saitama JALT will be co-hosting the 2015 Nakasendo English Conference in
Urawa, on Sunday July 19th along with AJET Block 3 and Saitama City
Educators. The theme is "Change." We would like to see you there. We would
like to hear you. Call for papers closes 1 July 2015.

There are three reasons for Nakasendo to exist:

• Helping teachers gain awareness of what is happening at all levels of
English education, not just their own
• Supporting young teachers’ organizations that have proven dynamic and
innovative in our field
• Improving relations and exchange opportunities between Japanese and
foreign teachers of English

If you feel that these goals support the educational community you wish to
be a part of, we ask for your participation.

If you feel that your completed research, reports, classroom methods or
materials reflect how you have responded to or initiated change, we ask for
you to speak and share.

We are requesting short format presentations, workshops, and poster
presentations, with preference given to first-timers and students. More at

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4. Student Discounts for JALT2015

Are planning to attend JALT2015?
Are your students preparing to be teachers?

Full-time students get a deep discount on JALT Conference attendance. More
at http://bit.ly/registerJALT2015.

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5. Featured websites
Each month we bring websites to your attention to highlight the work
of JALT Groups and to inform you about other organizations of

JALT Group: Nankyu Chapter
The newest JALT Chapter makes extensive use of technology to keep their
far-flung members connected. Publicity Co-chairs: Hugh Nicoll and Levy
Solomon. Web administrator: Branden Kirchmeyer. http://www.nankyujalt.org/

Other: Many JALT members got their start teaching on the JET Program(me),
but even if you've never had any association with JET, the website for the
Association for Japan Exchange and Teaching (AJET) is worth a visit. This
group connects current and former JETs, but has plenty of useful
information for all language teachers. Visit http://ajet.net/ to learn
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Announcing JALT Junior

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 9:26am

JALT Junior for Teachers of Younger Learners

JALT Junior is a conference within the main JALT International Conference that offers a unique and specialized professional development experience for teachers who are primarily engaged in the English education of younger learners from preschool through high school. At JALT Junior, you will find all the pertinent topics and relevant issues for teachers of younger learners treated in presentations, workshops, and poster sessions, along with additional support resources and networking opportunities. You will find all of this and ... more ...

Request for Proposals for JALT2015 Mobile App

Thu, 05/14/2015 - 4:03pm

JALT2015 Conference App Request for Proposals

The Japan Association for Language Teaching is now accepting proposals for developing a mobile app for our upcoming JALT2015 Conference. Please see JALT Opportunities for details. This is a great chance for a skilled programmer.

JALT2015 Notifications

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 8:49am

Notifications regarding JALT2015 presentation proposals have been sent out to all those who made submissions. If you have been expecting a message but have yet to hear anything, please check your spam mailbox as messages sometimes inadvertently get flagged as spam.


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