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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.

Readers' Forum: Building Success: Task-Based Speaking Tests in the Japanese Classroom

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 21:12

Readers' Forum: EFL Literature Circles: Collaboratively Acquiring Language and Meaning

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 21:06

The Language Teacher - Issue 39.4; July 2015

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 21:01

JALT2015 : Pre-Conference Supplement 01

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 19:25

JALT2015 Conference Article: On Emotions in Foreign Language Learning and Use

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 13:47

Readers' Forum: Global Personnel Development through Study Abroad and Study + Work Abroad

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 13:43

Feature Article: Setting the Bar High: Micro-Level Perceptions of MEXT’s Elementary School EFL Policy

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 13:42

The Language Teacher - Issue 39.3; May 2015

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 13:39

Cooperative and Collaborative Learning in the Language Classroom

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Monday, March 2, 2015 - 05:49

From reading books to sharing books: Going beyond the virtuous circle of the good reader

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Monday, March 2, 2015 - 05:47

Understanding Teachers’ Attitudes Towards Young Learner Teaching: A Case Study.

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Monday, March 2, 2015 - 05:44

Study Abroad and Willingness to Communicate: A Case Study at Junior High School

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Monday, March 2, 2015 - 05:42

The Language Teacher - Issue 39.2; March 2015

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, February 13, 2015 - 15:07

Cram Schools in Japan: The Need for Research

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, January 2, 2015 - 12:05

Developing Collaborative Learning When Teaching TOEFL iBT Classes

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, January 2, 2015 - 12:03

Investigating High School Students’ Self-Efficacy in Reading Circles

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, January 2, 2015 - 12:02

Vocabulary Size Required for the TOEFL iBT Listening Section

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, January 2, 2015 - 12:01

Teaching Spoken English at Junior High School: A Comparison of TPR and PPP

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, January 2, 2015 - 11:57

The Language Teacher - Issue 39.1; January 2015

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Friday, January 2, 2015 - 11:53

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