PanSIG is an annual conference held in May, and organized by many of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT). The conference brings together leading scholars and practitioners in language education from Japan, Asia, and throughout the world. It is meant to be a smaller, more intimate conference than the annual international JALT conference (which is held each fall), and is a place where SIG members can network with each other.


Upcoming: PanSIG 2018 Conference

Toyo Gakuen University (Hongo Campus)Important Dates:

Venue: Toyo Gakuen University (Hongo Campus), Building 4/5

Location: Near Tokyo Dome (access / map)
1-26-3, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
​Phone: (+81) 3-3811-1696

Baseball (pre-conference social event): You can sign up until April 23rd. If you'd like to attend, please see our page about the baseball pre-conference social event.

Code of Conduct: To ensure a safe and professionally-satisfying experience for all at PanSIG, attendees are asked to read and abide by the JALT Code of Conduct.

Accommodation: Please book your hotel early to ensure that you get the rate and location that suits you best. Our accomdation for PanSIG 2018 page has some advice for you.

Environmental Initiatives

In an effort to help us hold a sustainable conference and reduce our carbon footprint, PanSIG2018 encourages you to bring your own travel mug or tumbler for use with on-site refreshments. As an incentive, after verifying you have a reusable cup, you will be given a ticket at registration for a FREE SNACK as a thank-you for putting the planet first! We look forward to seeing all those tumblers!

For more information on PanSIG environmental initiatives, please visit our Environment page.


Call for Candidates: 2020 PanSIG Conference Chair

The PanSIG Executive Committee is looking for a Conference Chair to coordinate the 2020 PanSIG conference to be held at Niigata Prefectural University in Niigata City. Read the call for candidates here.


Call for Venue: 2021 PanSIG Conference

The PanSIG Executive Committee is looking for a site for its 2021 PanSIG Conference. Read the details here.


PanSIG 2016 Journal2016 PanSIG Journal Published

The 2016 PanSIG Journal has been published, containing 45 peer-reviewed papers that were originally presentations at the PanSIG 2016 conference at Meio University in Nago, Okinawa on May 20-23, 2016. You can download the 2016 PanSIG Journal here (PDF). You can access previous publications through the PanSIG publications page.


PanSIG 2017 Conference: It was a great weekend!

AIU flutePanSIG 2017 was held May 19-21 at Akita International University (AIU) in Akita City, Akita Prefecture, Japan. AIU was a supporting institution (or cosponsor) of PanSIG 2017, and we are grateful for their support. Thank you to everyone who helped make this conference a success!

Theme: Expand your interests

Venue: Akita International University (AIU), Akita City, Akita Prefecture, Japan

Dates: May 19 - 21 (Friday to Sunday), 2017

Presenters: All presenters are invited to submit a paper based on their presentation for publication in the 2017 PanSIG Journal. The deadline is August 31, 2017. Please see the PanSIG Journal site for details.

Photos & Videos: 

PanSIG 2017 Volunteers


PanSIG 2016: Photos, Handouts & Slides

Okinawa musicThe PanSIG 2016 Conference at Meio University in Okinawa (May 20-23, 2016) was a great success! Thank you to the organizers, presenters, participants, and student volunteers. To relive the conference, or in case you missed out, check these out:

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