Japan Events

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The annual Pan SIG (Speical Interest Group) conference will take place from May 19th to 20th at Toyo Gakuen University.

Our Global Issues SIG will join with other JALT Special Interest Groups to host Pan-SIG 2018. This exciting 2-day event will be held May 19–20 at Toyo Gakuen University in downtown Tokyo. Plan to attend! Full details at the website above.


GILE Related Sessions (sample presentations)

  Global Content in the Language Class (GILE)

  Global Citizenship and CLIL (Hollenback)

  International Exchange via Google (Ellis)

  Raising Awareness of Mental Health (Taylor)

  Native Speakerism in Japan (Hooper)

  Study Abroad Destinations (Horness)

  Flipping a Global Topics Classroom (Verla)

  Project Learning with Google Earth (Gorham)

  The 1927 US-Japan Doll Exchange (Cates)

  Intercultural Friendship through Video (Brine)

  Female Representations in Textbooks (Suezawa)

  Rainbow Forum: LGBTQ+ Themes (Kipling)

  Sexual Harassment in Japan (O’Mochain)

  JALT Critical Thinking Forum (CT SIG)

  Teaching Media Literacy (Reimann)

  Foster Globally Disposed Learners (Bosio)

  Learning to Globalize via Localization (Joun)


The 44th annual International Conference of the Japan Association for Language Teachers will be held from November 23–26 in Shizuoka on the theme Diversity and Inclusion

“To everything there is a season.” And a reason. Now is the season for inclusion, to embrace the incredible diversity within our profession. Although there seems to be much diversion, division, and exclusion in the wider world, the time is now ripe for us to look at the diversity within our practices and ask, “How can we be more inclusive?” In order to support inclusion and create a more level playing field for our students, we need to better understand the evolving language learning and teaching landscape, become aware of the work that is being done in new areas and heed the call from our learners, teachers, and institutions to play our parts in a brighter future.

JALT2018 will provide a platform for new ideas and hitherto unheard voices to be heard. It will provide avenues to open up our classrooms and challenge existing ideas about what we language teachers and our learners need in order to usher in an era of change. We aim to address the concerns of teachers, learners, and leaders and show how “inclusion” provides a place from which multiplicity of thought and action can flourish.