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Our mission: JALT promotes excellence in language learning, teaching, and research by providing opportunities for those involved in language education to meet, share, and collaborate.
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JALT Annual Conference

JALT2017: 43rd Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exhibition

Tsukuba International Congress Center (Epochal Tsukuba), Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
November 17th - 20th, 2017

Joining or Renewing Membership

You can easily join JALT or renew your JALT membership online.
JALT membership offers numerous benefits including: Member-rate admission to JALT conferences such as the annual JALT international conference; free or member-rate admission to JALT Chapter and SIG meetings and events; access to the latest JALT Publications, and more »

JALT Publications

As a nonprofit organisation dedicated to the improvement of language teaching and learning in Japan, JALT has a rich tradition of publishing relevant material in its many publications.

The JALT Publications site is home to JALT's primary publications; The Language Teacher (TLT) and JALT Journal, as well as the annual JALT Postconference Publication:

Upcoming Events

Get Published in JALT Publications

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 6:30pm

In this panel presentation, editors from the three journals comprising JALT Publications (JALT Journal, The Language Teacher, and the Postconference Publication) will talk about what it takes for you to get published. Submission guidelines as well as various dos and don’ts for increasing your chances of acceptance will be covered.


Ibaraki Chapter October Meeting

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 2:00pm

Afternoon Program ( 14:00 - 16:oo)

1. "Strategic Competence:  What is it, How to teach it, and How to assess it.

By:  Javier Salzar, University of Tsukuba

Michael Griffin Workshop 1

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 2:00pm

Speaker:  Michael Griffin has been involved with English teaching for over 17 years. He has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, trainer-trainer, curriculum developer, substitute teacher, assistant director, and mentor.

Teaching EFL leaners shadowing for listening

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 2:00pm

Abstract: In the workshop, the main points of shadowing for EFL learners are summarized. There are five topics; (1) What is shadowing?; (2) General effectiveness of shadowing; (3) Shadowing for more effective use; (4) More on shadowing; (5) Limitations of past studies and future direction.

Okayama JALT - October meeting

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 3:00pm

We will have two presentations. 


Presentation One:

An Introduction to Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers -- Ian Nakamura

Pechakucha Presentations in the Classroom – Supporting Language Learners with Public Speaking

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 3:00pm

Presentation skills are vital for language learners, but traditional PowerPoint presentations are often intimidating for second language students because of their length. They can also be very boring with students speaking slowly and hesitating constantly. Pechakucha presentations are a special type of presentation that was initially started in Tokyo, but has now spread all over the world.

Off to the Onsen

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 5:15pm

The night of October 21 will feature our annual “Off to the Onsen” event in Akiu. Eat, drink and enjoy the waters with fellow members of the teaching community and special guest Michael Griffin. The fee will cover:

Good Education Versus Gamification: Who Wins?

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 6:00pm

Why do our students, spend so much time gaming, tweeting, clicking, liking, uploading, texting? As teachers we can critically observe students' online activities to determine what--if anything--can be utilized for good education. 

DIY NeuroELT: 7 keys for making your textbook more brain-friendly

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 6:30pm

"Whoever wrote your textbook was thinking about grammar and vocabulary, perhaps tasks and motivation – and was probably not focused on brain science.

Presentation: English as a lingua franca: Past, present, and our response

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 7:00pm

In most of the world, when English is used, it is used as a lingua franca – a language chosen for communication by people who do not share a first language. There is nothing new about this, but the extent of English as a lingua franca (ELF) is unprecedented, and the pace of variation and change in English may be quickening. What does this mean for English language educators?