The Language Teacher

This is the home for The Language Teacher, the bimonthly publication of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (全国語学教育学会). It publishes articles and other material related to language teaching, particularly in an Asian context. TLT also serves the important role of publicizing information about the organization and its many events.

A brief history

The Language Teacher, or TLT as we usually refer to it, was first published under that name in April, 1984 (though its roots go back further. For a more detailed history, this article will be of interest). Since then it has continued without a break, and until 2008 was the only monthly fully refereed language education journal in the world. In 2009, a decision was made to begin publishing TLT bimonthly in order to concentrate on offering more content online—particularly time sensitive material. Producing a publication of this quality and consistency is especially remarkable for the fact that the staff (almost 40 people, plus advisory board members) are ALL volunteers!

Between the covers

As well as Featured and Reader's Forum articles, TLT regularly runs special issue and conference related material. There are also regular columns each issue, including:

  • Book Reviews - Reviews of the latest in resources and materials
  • Conference Information - Updates on our annual international conference
  • JALT Focus - Notices, news, and information of interest to JALT members
  • My Share - Practical ideas for use in language classrooms
  • Old Grammarians - A little light relief at the end of every TLT
  • Recently Received - Listings of books and classroom materials available for review purposes
  • SIG Focus - News and information on JALT's many Special Interest Groups
  • Teaching Assistance - A column by teachers, for teachers
  • TLT Wired - Technical resources and information relevant to language teaching
  • Writers' Workshop - Guidance for writers just beginning in academic publishing
  • Young Learners - Help and advice for teachers of younger students

Almost all of the material published in TLT since 1996 is available on this website for JALT members and subscribers to use. We hope you enjoy this rich resource of practical and research material.

The editors and staff

Below is a list of all content added in this section, most recent posts listed first.

Feature Article: Socio-cultural barriers facing TBL in Japan

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 20:18

Reader's Forum: Pushing the student-centered envelope: A corporate meeting-style approach

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 10:18

Reader's Forum: Negotiating gender globally: GALE SIG interview with Roslyn Appleby

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 10:16

Feature Article: Courtroom drama and jury discussion in the classroom

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 10:14

Taste of JALT2007: Excerpts from JALT2007 Conference Proceedings

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 10:00

Reader's Forum: Teaching collocations effectively with the aid of L1

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 09:14

Reader's Forum: Improving interpersonal competence in the communicative classroom

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 09:10

Reader's Forum: TeachNet: A website created for teachers

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 09:09

Judging books by their covers and more: Components of interest in graded readers

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 09:05

A collaborative writing approach: Methodology and student assessment

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 09:03

Tohoku Kanto Earthquake: Letter to the membership

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 09:01

The Language Teacher - Issue 35.3; May 2011

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 08:49

The Language Teacher - Issue 28.2; February 2004

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 07:43

Using criterion referenced assessment toward a reorientation in student motivation

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 07:59

Revamping the lecture for EFL classes: A case for mini-lectures

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 07:54

Language Education with The Daily Yomiuri: An Interview with Yoko Mizui, Editor of The Language Connection

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 07:51

What the 2003 MEXT Action Plan proposes to teachers of English

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 07:50

The Language Teacher - Issue 28.3; March 2004

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 07:25

Trivia as a bridge to content in CBI classes

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 07:20

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