Getting Involved in JALT

[Japanese follows below English version: 日本語版]


  1. Learning
  2. Networking
  3. Presenting
  4. Getting Published
  5. Running JALT
  6. Jobs—Resources for Job Hunters and Employers
  7. JALT Research Grants
  8. Domestic Partnerships
  9. International Partnerships
  10. Associate Members (AMs)
  11. Administration

Footnotes for Further Information

  1. Learning
  2. JALT Announcements
  3. Publishing
  4. Running JALT


Thank you for joining JALT! Now that you are a member, the doors to a plethora of opportunities for personal and professional development are open to you. The more you put in, the more you will get out. I think you will find that truism a good guide for how to approach the array of opportunities facing you now. Please have a look at the offerings under the eleven headings below. Whatever professional skills you have or would like to develop, there is a place to exercise them in JALT.
Happy JALT-ing!
Fred Carruth, Director of Membership


I always get something from the presentations I attend, even if they're not in my corner of the EFL field. The 60 JALT Chapters and SIGs together sponsor hundreds of events all over Japan every year, and that's not even including all the miniconferences, regional conferences, and the JALT International Conference, which by itself offers more than 500 presentations in the fall of each year. Your JALT Membership Card entitles you to free or member-only rates to all of these events, including the International Conference and the PanSIG Conference. All JALT events are listed on the JALT Events Calendar.

In addition to the publications of any SIG or chapter you join, your JALT membership will bring you JALT's three peer-reviewed publications: bimonthly The Language Teacher, which offers feature articles, teaching tips, reviews, meeting and conference announcements, member profiles, and job-hunting information; the semiannual JALT Journal, with practical and theoretical articles, research reports, and reviews; and the annual Postconference Publication, with papers based on the presentations given at the previous International Conference.

The special publication JALT Announcements will be delivered to your email inbox every month. Take a look and stay informed!


A lot of us think that the opportunities to make new friends or professional contacts are some of the most rewarding aspects of JALT. Besides the people you will meet as we work together, there are social gatherings of many kinds offered by chapters, at miniconferences, and at the big conferences, too. You will have the chance to meet lots of friendly, open people from Japan and from around the world who are doing interesting things both inside and outside of JALT. That can expand your horizons . . . and be a lot of fun, too!

Talk to the people you meet—there's always something being planned. The JALT Events Calendar is a good place to start.


JALT offers many opportunities for people who would like to give presentations or share what they have been doing. Just getting started? You may be able to present as part of a “My Share” or “pechakucha” event at a chapter or SIG event, as one of a number of people each giving a very short presentation.

The next step might be to become a featured speaker at a chapter or SIG event or miniconference. A good way to get your foot in the door is by contacting Chapter or SIG Program Chairs, who are always on the lookout for interesting presentations.

Presenting at the International Conference

This is the big league. Proposals are vetted by the program committee, with generally about a 50% acceptance rate. Work on the next conference begins almost as soon as the last one ends, so prepare early. Read the submission guidelines carefully. The Call for Papers comes out right after the International Conference in the fall and closes in mid-February.

Many chapters sponsor a local presenter who has never presented at the national level—vetted locally by the chapter and automatically accepted by the conference committee. Chapters who participate in this program sometimes subsidize conference fees or hotel or travel costs for first-time presenters at the International Conference. Ask your local program chair if your chapter sponsors presenters. The deadline for Chapter-sponsored proposals is generally in mid-May.

Further information is available in the monthly JALT Announcements and on

Getting Published

JALT offers many opportunities for people who would like to get published. Just getting started? All SIGs, as well as many chapters, offer opportunities to publish. Since this is a traditional focus of SIG activity, many SIGs provide support, peer review, or both to authors. There is usually a workshop on publishing with SIGs offered at the International Conference.

SIG publications can be a great place to learn the business. Become a writer, reader, proofreader, or editor. Contact SIG Publications Chairs to inquire.

Getting Published in JALT International Publications

The Language Teacher, JALT Journal, and the Postconference Publication are JALT's flagship publications, peer reviewed and carefully edited to the highest international standards. The editors welcome submissions of materials concerned with all aspects of language education, particularly with relevance to Japan. Submissions can be in either English or Japanese. Each year there are workshops at the International Conference on getting published in JALT publications and how to get help from the JALT Peer Support Group (PSG).. Find JALT publications here.

Getting Published in The Language Teacher (TLT)

TLT offers a varied list of publishing possibilities, from book reviews to brief “My Share” items to research articles up to 3,000 words. You can find submissions guidelines here.

Getting Published in JALT Journal (JJ)

JALT Journal, JALT's refereed research journal, invites empirical and theoretical research articles and research reports on second and foreign language teaching and learning in Japanese and Asian contexts. It accepts research articles in English or Japanese up to 6,000 words in length in English, or 18,000 characters in Japanese. You can find submissions guidelines here.

Getting Published in the Postconference Publication

Presenters of vetted presentations at the International Conference are invited to write an academic paper about the topic of the presentation for the Postconference Publication in English, Japanese, or the language of presentation and up to 4,000 words or 12,000 characters. You can find submissions guidelines here.

Inside JALT Publications

The staff of each of these publications consists entirely of volunteers. It takes a team of almost 40 people, plus advisory board members, for TLT alone. Interested in being a reader, editor, copy editor, or proofreader? Contact the JALT Publications Board Chair. pubchair*at*

Writers’ Peer Support Group

The Writer’s Peer Support Group (PSG) is a team of JALT authors and reviewers who collaboratively assist writers to develop their manuscripts to a publishable level. PSG is associated with JALT, but the group can also help writers who are looking to publish in any publication. PSG usually gives a workshop at the International Conference.

Running JALT

I started my JALT career as the recording secretary in a small, rural chapter. That experience convinced me that the most rewarding way to experience JALT was "from the inside," as a participant rather than just an observer. Right from the start I found it satisfying and rewarding to work with colleagues on such a worthy, common cause as building and maintaining an organization that is dedicated to improving language education in Japan.

Chapters and SIGs

It takes a whole team of volunteers working closely together to build a good chapter or SIG and keep it moving forward. Many hands make light work, and most Chapters and SIGs are always looking for people to help with planning and carrying out events, publishing, and the great variety of other jobs related to the JALT mission. Volunteering as a chapter or SIG officer is also a good way to help shape the direction of the group and to develop and practice leadership skills.

If they don’t ask you, ask them! A good person to start with is your Chapter President or SIG Coordinator. Have an idea? If it helps us with our teaching, JALT is the place to do it.


Most National officers come from the ranks of chapter and SIG officers, from the Conference Team, or from publication volunteers, but all members are eligible. Seven members of the Board of Directors (BOD) and the Auditor are elected by JALT members in even-numbered years to serve terms of 2 years. Most other officers (and we need about a gazillion officers and committee members to run an organization of JALT's size and complexity) are appointed for responsible jobs that vary from liaising with our many partner organizations to preparing JALT's annual 7 million yen budget, to mention only two.

Or you can join the Conference Team as one of the approximately 50 people it takes to put on the International Conference, with its more than 500 presentations and around 2,000 attendees. If you're interesting in volunteering to work on the International Conference, contact the Director of Program. program*at*

Jobs—Resources for Job Hunters and Employers

While JALT cannot help you find a job directly, joining and attending chapter and national events is one step towards professional development. Listing your JALT membership, officer position, or volunteer work on your resume is a good demonstration of commitment to the teaching profession.

For those searching for employment, we run a Job Information Center (JIC) at every International Conference. The JALT JIC is a service supporting both educators and employers who are looking to find each other with the intent of building professional relationships. Visit the Career Development Corner to access jobs resources.

JALT Publications also maintains an online job listing with current openings at all levels from young learners through university and beyond. Employers may post openings there for free by clicking submission guidelines.

JALT Research Grants

Each year, JALT awards up to three grants for a maximum of 100,000 yen each for research on language teaching in Japan. JALT members who have no outside funding sources to conduct research are eligible to apply. The goals of the grants are to support language teachers in their professional development and to encourage teachers to engage in classroom-based research. Grant applications are solicited each summer and vetted by the JALT Research Grants Committee. The deadline is usually around July 31.
Details and an application form can be found at JALT Research Grants.

Domestic Partnerships

Under the auspices of the JALT Domestic Affairs Committee (DAC), JALT has established partnerships with the following five organizations that are based here in Japan.  These relationships can open doors for JALT members who are interested in expanding their horizons by working with a diversity of groups with goals relevant to language teaching and learning in Japan.

International Partnerships

JALT currently has partnerships with eleven language and teaching associations around the world, our primary focus naturally being on associations within Asia. The aim of such partnerships is to offer mutual support, to forge collaborative alliances and, in so doing, to offer increased professional development opportunities for our members. Contact the International Affairs Committee Chair. international*at*

Members of the Pan-Asian Consortium of Language Teaching Societies (PAC)

Other International Partners

Associate Members (AMs)

This group includes commercial sponsors, publishers, and other supporters. Many of them sponsor a booth at the International Conference offering professional assistance with teaching materials and other opportunities that may be of interest to you.

Many AMs sponsor presenters at chapter and SIG events as well as at the International Conference. For more information contact the JALT Business Manager. business*at*


The JALT Central Office (JCO) is the center of JALT administration. While it is we volunteers who lead and do most of the work in JALT, we are supported by a professional staff based in Tokyo. JCO can be thought of as the JALT “front office.”
Should you have any questions or problems regarding your membership, please contact the JALT Membership Secretary as below, particularly regarding such things as . . .

  • membership renewal problems,
  • questions concerning your membership status,
  • changes of address, contact data, or chapter or SIG membership,
  • subscription problems with JALT publications,
  • your membership number, or
  • an official receipt of payment.

The Japan Association for Language Teaching
Urban Edge Bldg 5F 1-37-9 Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0016, Japan
Office Phone: 03-3837-1630 (9:00-17:30) / 03-3837-1641 (9:00-17:30)
Office Fax: 03-3837-1631

  • Office Supervisor: jco*at* ; Membership Secretary: membership-office*at* ; Accounting Secretary: accounting*at* ; Associate Member Liaison: am*at*

Footnotes for Further Information

1. Learning

JALT has 33 Chapters throughout Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa. Chapters hold meetings, seminars, lectures, workshops, book fairs, and training sessions, to name a few of their activities. Check the Events Calendar for an idea of Chapter activity.

The links below provide information on our Chapters, including an officer list, upcoming events, and a link to the Chapter website if the Chapter has one. If you wish to contact a Chapter please use the individual contact form found on the linked Chapter page. If you are interested in forming a Chapter, consult the process for forming a new Chapter.

JALT has 26 Special Interest Groups (SIGs), each made up of JALT members who share a professional interest. Our SIGs publish books, journals, and newsletters and maintain informative mailing lists. SIGs also hold conferences and seminars and work with JALT Chapters and other groups to put on events throughout Japan.

To learn more about JALT's SIGs, read this mission statement or see the SIG Focus column of The Language Teacher. If you wish to contact SIGs, use the individual contact forms on each SIG page. If you are interested in forming a SIG, consult the process for forming a new SIG.

Click the links below to see information on our JALT SIGs, including officer lists, publications, events, and websites:

PanSIG is an annual conference sponsored and organized by many of JALT's SIGs. The conference brings together leading scholars and practitioners in language education from Japan, Asia, and all over the world. It is meant to be a smaller, more intimate conference than the annual International Conference and a place where SIG members can network . It is held in different venues around Japan, usually in May or June.

2. JALT Announcements

This list has been set up to be a clear channel through which to keep JALT members up-to-date on important JALT information. All JALT members are subscribed to this list automatically. You will receive timely, monthly announcements directly from JALT Central Office. The announcements will be brief, to the point, and include only important or time-sensitive information. Subscribe here.

3. Publishing

Publications Contacts

  • JALT Publications Board Chair: pubchair*at*
  • The Language Teacher Editor: tlt-editor*at*
  • JALT Journal Editor: jj-editor*at*
  • Postconference Publication:
  • JALT Publications Website Editor: webcontact*at*

4. Running JALT

Board of Directors (BOD)

  • All National Directors: directors*at*
  • President: president*at*
  • Vice President: vp*at*
  • Auditor: auditor*at*
  • Director of Membership: membership*at*
  • Director of Program: program*at*
  • Director of Public Relations: pr*at*
  • Director of Records: records*at*
  • Director of Treasury: treasury*at*

National Officers and Committees

  • Balsamo Asian Scholar Liaison
  • Best of JALT Coordinator
  • Business Manager: business*at*
  • Chapter Representative Liaison (CRL): chaprep*at*
  • Chapter Treasurer Liaison (CTL): chapyen*at*
  • Four Corners Tour Coordinator
  • JALT Website Editor: webmail*at*
  • NPO Liaison with Tokyo Metropolitan Government
  • SIG Representative Liaison (SRL): sigrep*at*
  • SIG Treasurer Liaison (STL): sigyen*at*
  • Administrative Committee – Chaired by the Vice President
  • Audit Committee – Chaired by the Auditor
  • Business Committee – Chaired by the Director of Program
  • Competitive Bidding Committee – Chaired by the Vice President
  • Financial Steering Committee
  • External Relations Committee – Chaired by the Director of Public Relations
    • Domestic Affairs Committee: domestic*at*
    • International Affairs Committee: international*at*
    • NPO Liaison
    • UALS Liaison
  • Finance Committee – Chaired by the Director of Treasury
  • Membership Committee –Chaired by the Director of Membership
  • Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC): nec*at*
  • Program Committee – Chaired by the Director of Program
    • Conference Program Chair
    • Conference Site Chair
    • Four Corners Tour Coordinator
    • Program Database Manager
  • Records and Procedures Committee – Chaired by the Director of Records
  • Research Grants Committee
  • Sales and Advertising Committee – Chaired by the Director of Public Relations


  1. 学び
  2. ネットワーク
  3. 発表
  4. 出版
  5. JALT運営
  6. 就職 ― 求職者と雇用者の情報提供
  7. JALT助成金
  8. 国内提携団体
  9. 外部提携団体
  10. 法人会員
  11. 運営管理


  1. 学び
  2. JALTからのお知らせ
  3. 出版
  4. JALT運営


会員担当理事 フレッド・カルッス


私は、たとえ自身の専門分野ではないにせよ、参加したプレゼンテーションから常に何かを学び取ってきました。合わせて60になる地区支部・分野別研究部会が毎年何百というイベントを全国で開催しています。すべてのミニ学会、地方大会、JALT年次国際大会を加えれば数えきれない数のイベントが開催されています。JALT年次国際大会だけでも毎年秋に500以上のプレゼンテーションがあります。JALT会員書をお持ちになると、JALT年次国際大会、分野別研究部会年次大会を含むJALTイベントカレンダーに掲載されいるすべてのJALTイベントが無料または会員割引料金で参加できます。 JALT Events Calendar.

所属する地区支部、分野別研究部会の出版誌に加えて、ピアレビューされた3つのJALT出版誌が会員に届けられます。隔月刊誌 The Language Teacher には特集記事、教授の秘訣、書評、例会や大会のお知らせ、会員紹介、教員欠員情報などが掲載されています。また半年ごとに出版される JALT Journal には実践と理論を取り上げた学術論文、研究報告、書評などが紹介されています。そして、年一回刊行の Postconference Publication― JALT年次国際大会発表記録集には国際年次大会で発表された口頭発表の内容やその成果を掲載しています。




出会った人々と話をしてください。常に何かが計画されています。JALTイベントカレンダーを見て、さあネットワーク作りを始めてみましょう。 JALT Events Calendar


JALTは経験や学びを共有したい方々に数々の発表の機会を提供しています。手始めに、多く発表者の一人として、「My share」 や「pechakucha」のイベントで短い口頭発表の機会を活かしてください。





詳細は毎月配信される「JALTからのお知らせ」または でご確認ください。





The Language TeacherJALT Journal、JALT年次国際大会発表記録集はJALTの代表的な出版誌です。投稿原稿の査読を繰り返し、最も高い国際標準にまで編集されています。語学教育に関するあらゆる研究、特に日本の教育に関連しているものが歓迎されます。英語、日本語どちらの言語でも投稿できます。毎年JALT年次国際大会で、JALT出版誌への投稿・ピアサポートグループの支援に関するワークショップが催されます。それぞれのサイトをご参照ください。 JALT Peer Support Group (PSG).. Find JALT publications here.

The Language Teacher(TLT) 投稿

TLTは書評や「My Share」などのコラムから3,000字までの研究論文まで様々な内容を掲載しています。投稿規程をご確認ください。 You can find submissions guidelines here.

JALT Journal(JJ) 投稿

JALT Journal はJALTの研究誌です。経験に基づいた理論的な学術論文、日本やアジア諸国の外国語または第二外国語の教授・学習に関する研究レポートを掲載しています。英語では6,000字以内、日本語では18,000字以内の学術論文を募っています。投稿規程をご確認ください。You can find submissions guidelines here.


JALT年次国際大会での発表者は発表内容に関する学術論文の投稿の機会が与えられます。英語では4,000字以内、日本語では12,000字以内でJALT年次国際大会発表記録集に掲載されます。口頭発表した言語での投稿も可能です。投稿規程をご確認ください。 You can find submissions guidelines here.


これまでにご紹介した出版誌に携わるスタッフはすべて会員によるボランティアです。TLT だけでも、およその40人会員と諮問委員会のメンバーがチームを組んで活動しています。顧問、校正、編集にご興味がある方はJALT出版活動理事会にご連絡ください。 pubchair*at*


投稿者ピアサポートグループ― The Writer’s Peer Support Group は、投稿者と査読者で構成され、互いが協力して投稿者の原稿を出版可能な内容になるように手助けします。JALT出版誌に関するものが基本ですが、投稿者が投稿を望んでいるJALT出版誌以外の出版誌での投稿に関してもサポートを受けることができます。投稿者ピアサポートグループは通常、JALT年次国際大会でワークショップを開催しています。








就職 ― 求職者と雇用者の情報提供


求職中の方々のために、就職情報センター Job Information Center (JIC) を毎年JALT年次国際大会で設けております。JALT就職情報センターは、職業上の関係を築こうとされている教育者・雇用者双方にサポートを提供しています。また、就職情報へのアクセスはキャリア開発コーナーをご覧ください。 Career Development Corner

JALT出版誌でも児童教授から大学教員に至るまで、最新の教員欠員情報のオンラインリスト online job listing を掲載しています。雇用者は以下の投稿規程サイトをクリックすれば無料で欠員案内を記載することができます。 submission guidelines.


毎年、JALTでは国内の言語教育研究において、最大額10万円の助成金を3名の会員に授与しています。研究に際して、外部から資金調達ができない会員のみに応募資格があります。助成金の目的は、教員の専門的能力開発をサポートし、教員が授業の取り組みに関する研究への参加を奨励することです。助成金応募は毎年夏にあり、JALT助成金委員会によって審査されます。締め切りは7月31日頃です。詳細はJALT助成金サイトをご覧ください。 JALT Research Grants.





Pan-Asian Consortium of Language Teaching Societies (PAC) 汎アジア連合内の団体



法人会員とは私たちの民間のスポンサー、出版社、その他の支援者です。法人会員は、JALT年次国際大会で展示ブースに出資し、専門性を開発するための教材やその他興味深い様々な機会を紹介しています。以下のリンクをご覧ください。 commercial sponsors, publishers, and other supporters




  • 会員更新における問題
  • 会員状況に関するご質問
  • 住所・連絡先・地方支部・分野別研究部会の変更
  • JALT出版誌購読における問題
  • 会員番号の検索
  • 領収書の要請

〒110-0016 東京都台東区台東1-37-9アーバンエッジ5階
電話:03-3827-1630 (9:00-17:30)/ 03-3837-1641 (9:00-17:30)

  • 事務管理局: joc*at* 会員事務局: membership-office*at*
    会計事務局: accounting*at* 法人会員連絡事務局: am*at*


1. 学び


T以下のリンクは役員名簿、今後開催されるイベント、支部のウェブサイトなど地区支部に関する情報を提供しています。地区支部へのご連絡は、各地区支部の個人連絡フォームをご利用ください。地方支部の結成にご興味がおありなら、以下のリンクをご覧ください。 process for forming a new Chapter



分野別研究部会をさらに知るために、こちらのミッション・ステートメント mission statement をお読みになるかまた、The Language TeacherのSIG情報コラムをご覧ください。分野別研究部会へのご連絡は、各分野別研究部会の個人連絡フォームをご利用ください。新しい分野別研究部会の結成にご興味がおありなら、以下のリンクをご覧ください。 process for forming a new SIG.




2. JALTからのお知らせ

「JALTからのお知らせ」はJALT最新情報を一覧化した告知です。JALTご入会時点で、すべての会員が自動的に購読可能となり、JALT事務局から直接タイムリー告知が定期的に配信されます。また、告知は簡潔で要点を絞っており、重要かつ時間的制約のある情報をお知らせする必要があるときにのみ配信されます。以下のサイトからも購読のお申し込みができます。 Subscribe here.

3. 出版


  • ALT出版活動理事会: pubchair*at*
  • The Language Teacher 編集長: tlt-editor*at*
  • JALT Journal 編集長: jj-editor*at*
  • JALT年次国際大会発表記録集:
  • JALT JALT出版物ウェブ編集長: webcontact*at*

4. JALT運営


  • 本部全理事会役員: directors*at*
  • JALT会長: president*at*
  • 副会長: vp*at*
  • 会計監査官理事: auditor*at*
  • 会員担当理事: membership*at*
  • 企画担当理事: program*at*
  • 広報担当理事: pr*at*
  • 書記担当理事: records*at*
  • 会計担当理事: treasury*at*


  • バルサモ・アジア・スカラー・渉外担当
  • ベスト・オブ・JALTコーディネーター
  • 営業幹事: business*at*
  • 地区支部会長渉外担当 (CRL): chaprep*at*
  • 地区支部会計渉外担当 (CTL): chapyen*at*
  • フォーコーナー・ツアーコーディネーター
  • JALTウェブ編集長: webmail*at*
  • 東京都庁NPO法人渉外担当
  • 分野別研究部会長渉外担当 (SRL): sigrep*at*
  • 分野別研究部会会計渉外担当 (STL): sigyen*at*
  • 管理運営委員会 (副会長による統轄)
  • 会計監査委員会 (会計監査官理事による統轄)
  • 議事日程委員会 (企画担当理事による統轄)
  • 競争入札委員会 (副会長による統轄)
  • 財務運営委員会
  • 対外関係委員会 (広報担当理事による統轄)
    • 国内提携団体渉外委員会: domestic*at*
    • 外部提携団体渉外委員会: international*at*
    • NPO渉外委員会
    • 言語系学会連合 (UALS) 渉外委員会
  • 財務委員会 (会計担当理事による統轄)
  • 会員委員会 (会員担当理事による統轄)
  • 任命・選挙委員会 (NEC): nec*at*
  • 企画委員会 (企画担当理事による統轄)
    • 大会企画担当理事
    • 大会開催地担当理事
    • フォーコーナー・ツアーコーディネーター
    • 企画データベース担当
  • 書記・処理委員会 (書記担当理事による統轄)
  • 助成金委員会
  • 販売・広告委員会 (広報担当理事による統轄)

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