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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.

Working Papers: Christmas in Kumamoto

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:48

Communicating Classrooms: English Language Teaching And World Citizenship

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:42

So, What's World Citizenship?

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:39

Teaching Resources for World Citizenship

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:37

Empowering ESL Students for World Citizenship

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:32

Teaching English for World Citizenship: Key Content Areas

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:30

A Ghandian Perspective on Peace Education: An Interview with Rajmohan Gandhi

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:12

A Chapter in Your Life: Toyohashi

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, February 8, 2013 - 10:40

1998 TESOL Russia--Far East International Conference

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, February 8, 2013 - 10:38

Comparative Cultures Course: Education in Ten Countries

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, February 8, 2013 - 10:36

Illegal Drug Issues in the Classroom

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, February 8, 2013 - 10:34

Questionnaire Construction and Classroom Research

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 21:55

Local Area Networks: Online Communication in the Japanese EFL Classroom

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 21:54

Beyond the Sentence: Finding a Balance Between Bottom-Up and Top-Down Reading Approaches

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 21:52

Functional Grammar in the Language Classroom: An Interview with James Robert Martin

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 21:50

A Chapter in your Life: Hokkaido

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 22:04

English Through Drama: A Visual/Physical Approach

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 22:02

Writing to Improve Analytical and Organizational Skills

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 22:01

Reading to Learn: Pedagogical Implications of Vocabulary Research

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 21:57

The Use of L1 in Communicative English Classrooms

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 21:48

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