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.

A Taste of JALT2011

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 08:21

The Language Teacher - Issue 36.5; September 2012

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 08:12

JALT2012 Plenary and Featured Speaker articles (non-password protected)

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 08:31

One size fits all: Two activities that transcend level and age

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Monday, June 25, 2012 - 22:12

Developing learner autonomy in a grammar class

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Monday, June 25, 2012 - 22:11

Using the L1 in the L2 classroom: The students speak

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Monday, June 25, 2012 - 22:10

JALT2012 Featured Speaker articles

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 22:31

jALT2012 Plenary Speaker article: The role of metaphor and metonymy in EFL proficiency

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 22:29

JALT2012 Plenary Speaker article: Technology is for every-one: Take the leap!

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 22:27

JALT2012 Plenary Speaker article: The social practice of practising English

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 22:24

JALT2012 Plenary Speaker article: Technology as an enabler

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 22:23

JALT2012 Plenary Speaker article: From the periphery to the center: Making a difference

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 21:54

The Language Teacher - Issue 36.4; July 2012

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 21:48

Exchange Agreements between Japanese and Foreign Institutions

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 23:14

Poster presentations speak for themselves

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 23:12

The CI-slot approach to controversial issues: The students’ views

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 23:10

Behind MEXT's new Course of Study Guidelines

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 23:08

The Language Teacher - Issue 36.3; May 2012

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 23:03

Non-native speaker teachers of English: Challenges and prospects – An interview with George Braine

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 09:16

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