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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.

Grammar is dead! Long live grammar!!

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 21:38

Some practical thoughts about student-sensitive critical pedagogy

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 21:36

Acting adult in the English classroom

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 21:35

Language teacher development from inside-out: Some activities for professional awareness-raising

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 21:32

Developing cross-cultural awareness in the monolingual classroom

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 21:29

Lessons from the analysis of chunks

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 21:27

Why support a delayed-gratification approach to language education?

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 21:25

The Language Teacher - Issue 28.7; July 2004

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 21:20

Pedagogical implications of motivation research: An interview with Ema Ushioda

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 22:16

Are they ready? On the verge of compulsory English, elementary school teachers lack confidence

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 22:14

A multivariate analysis of Japanese university student motivation and pedagogical activity preferences

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 22:12

The road ahead: An interview with Steve Brown and Ted O’Neill

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 22:10

The story behind our new website

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 22:08

English Story Cycle:The basis of an elementary school English curriculum

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 21:11

The bridge between students and teachers: The effect of dialogue journal writing

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 21:09

Emotional scaffolding through editing conferences

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 20:42

Communicative competence and senior high school oral communication textbooks in Japan

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 30, 2011 - 20:40

Principles for developing oral fluency in the classroom – スピーキング力を発達させる指導法

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 19:03

Representation of English users and uses in university EFL textbooks

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 19:02

So where are the working women? A discussion of gender roles in high school textbooks

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 18:40

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