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.

Some Second Thoughts on English and Capital: A Response to Pennycook

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 15:58

Communicative Competence; Still Relevant After All These Years: An Interview with Dr. Sandra J. Savignon

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 15:54

Japanese Loanword Cognates and the Acquisition of English Vocabulary

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 15:51

Faculty Word Bank on the Internet

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 15:48

Current Research and Practice in Teaching Vocabulary

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 15:37

Learning consequences of fear of negative evaluation and modesty for Japanese EFL students

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 12:09

Native speaker: A unitary fantasy of a diverse reality

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 11:49

Primary teachers co-learning English with their students

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Monday, October 22, 2012 - 08:50

Advocacy-oriented global education in TLT special issues

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Monday, October 22, 2012 - 08:48

Are concerns for the addition of English warranted?

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Monday, October 22, 2012 - 08:45

Changing Views on Motivation in a Globalizing World

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 21:34

Moving Beyond Self Introductions to Sharing Self Exploration and Expression

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 21:32

Promoting L2 Use as a Means of Facilitating TBLT in Japanese Classrooms

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 21:31

The Language Teacher - Issue 36.6; November 2012

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 21:29

God in the classroom

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 08:26

Simon Bibby interviews literature specialist Paul Hullah

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 08:25

Developing a corpus-based online grammar tutorial prototype

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 08:23

A Taste of JALT2011

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

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