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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.

Event-based learning: The benefits of positive pressure

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 10:03

Will the New English Curriculum for 2013 work?

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 10:02

Testing a test: A near-native speaker’s attempt

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 10:00

Ghostwritten textbooks

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 21:08

Acting out: A one-year drama class to increase participation

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 21:04

Conference report: IAPL 2009

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 21:01

The ERJ to succeed: Extensive Reading SIG seminar at Kinki University Language Centre, July 5th 2009

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 20:58

Sociolinguistics Symposium 15 Culture-Contact-Change University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. 1-4th April 2004

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 16:55

A Comparative Study of Proficiency and Learner Demotivation

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 16:50

Global Issues in EFL: Education or Indoctrination?

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 16:44

Multiple Intelligences and lifelong language learning

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 16:43

Course book choices; a response to Paul Hullah (TLT 27/9)

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 16:41

The Language Teacher - Issue 28.8; August 2004

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 16:38

Interview with Marc Helgesen

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 15:53

The Language Teacher - Issue 28.9; September 2004

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 15:39

The person, the package, the presentation: Lessons from a recent job hunt

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 13:56

An Interview with Thomas N. Robb about Recent Shifts in Focus of Online CALL Activities

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 13:55

Recruiting a University English Teacher: Raising the Standard

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 13:47

How to be seen: Taking the stress out of classroom observations

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 13:45

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