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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

Cartoon Creations: Facilitating Creative Language in the English Classroom

Chapter or SIG: Akita
Sat, 07/22/2017 - 9:00am

In this interactive workshop, participants will engage in an activity where they will use cartoons to create short scenarios. Participants will be guided through the process, which will develop in four stages and supports creative language use and expression through speech and movement. Participants will perform their final scenarios for the group.

Get Going with Google: An introduction to Digital Pedagogy with G Suite for Education!

Chapter or SIG: Kyoto
Sat, 07/22/2017 - 5:00pm

This session will cover digital pedagogy with practical examples drawn from the Just in Time Teaching, Flipped Learning, and Blog Journaling pedagogical approaches.

Toward Focus-on-form Approach to EFL Teaching in Japan

Chapter or SIG: Nagoya
Sun, 07/23/2017 - 1:30pm

In this task-based interactive presentation, I wish to highlight some problems in grammar-based, teacher-centered, and context-poor instruction that is still prevalent in English education in Japan and show directions for change that hopefully enable us to teach English in English for greater students’ benefits.

“Grounded Theory in Applied Linguistics Research: Attractive Nuisance or Helpful Guide?”

Chapter or SIG: Fukui
Sun, 07/23/2017 - 1:30pm

Although widely-used throughout the social sciences today, the Grounded Theory methodology (GTM) has been frequently misused by graduate students in Applied Linguistics and related fields, leading some scholars and thesis supervisors to question its suitability.

Developing “global citizens”: Considering the role of language educators in developing 21st century skills

Chapter or SIG: Sendai
Sun, 07/23/2017 - 2:00pm

As we move through the 21st century, developing “global citizens” is increasingly becoming a focus at secondary, tertiary, and even primary, levels of educational systems. In Japan, this has been manifest through a number of “global” initiatives at both the secondary and tertiary levels.

"Tasks in Practice" A TBLSIG mini-conference with Lourdes Ortega

Chapter or SIG: Task Based Learning
Sat, 07/29/2017 - 1:30pm

The event features a poster presentation session and an extended workshop by well-known SLA and TBLT theorist and practitioner Lourdes Ortega.



JALT Summer Social

Chapter or SIG: Oita
Sat, 07/29/2017 - 3:00pm

Get Going with Google: An introduction to G Suite for Education and more!

Chapter or SIG: Shinshu
Sun, 07/30/2017 - 10:00am

Session 1: This session will cover digital pedagogy with practical examples drawn from the Just in Time Teaching, Flipped Learning, and Blog Journaling pedagogical approaches.

English Use Outside of the Classroom: Second-Language Learners or Lingua Franca English Users?

Chapter or SIG: Hiroshima
Sun, 07/30/2017 - 3:00pm

ELF in intercultural communication is diverse, and the dichotomy between natives vs. nonnatives does not account for dynamic and hybrid use of English in reality. The notions of Standard English and native varieties of English will be discussed.

Tsugaru Ideas in Language Education Symposium: TILES 2017

Chapter or SIG: Iwate
Sun, 09/03/2017 - 1:00pm

TILES2017: Tsugaru Ideas in Language Education-Sponsored by Iwate JALT. An open forum to exchange ideas with other teachers. Teachers helping teachers!