全国語学教育学会(The Japan Association for Language Teaching=JALT：ジャルト)は語学教育の向上を目的とした非営利学術団体です。語学教育に関わる方々に、教授法の情報交換や共同研究を行う場を提供し、語学教育の発展に貢献する事を目指しています。現在JALTは全国各地の地方支部や準支部および海外に約3,000名の会員を擁しています。JALTのウェブサイトはjalt.orgからご覧いただけます。
SIGとは分野別研究部会（Special Interest Group=SIG）をあらわす頭字であり、JALTは地方支部（Chapters)と分野別研究部会（SIGs）という２つの並行したグループによって分かれています。地方支部は地域別に組織されており、JALT会員は地方支部（通常は会員の居住地から一番近い支部）を選択して所属します。それに対してSIGsは日本国内から海外まで幅広く会員を擁しており、研究分野や関心を基盤としています。JALT公式ウェブサイトでは、JALTにおけるSIGsのミッションを下記のように述べています：
Each SIG provides information on worldwide practice regarding the theme of the SIG, gives a view of practice in Japan on the theme of the SIG, provides professional development in the conferences and events it sponsors and through the publications it distributes to members, and provides professional opportunities such as presenting at the conferences/events and publishing in the SIG’s publications. A JALT member can join as many SIGs as he or she wants. The fee for membership in each SIG is 2,000 yen. To join a SIG, please see the JALT SIG website, or when you are at the conference, please visit the table of the SIG or SIGs you are interested in. You can also join a SIG at the conference Registration Table.
In addition to the PanSIG conference, some of JALT's SIGs hold their own conferences. One of the largest of these is the JALT CALL SIG Conference, usually held in early June. JALT's chapters put on events regularly. While many of these are workshops or presentations by one or two speakers, some chapters hold mini-conferences. Please see the JALT calendar for details.
JALT's largest event is its Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exhibition, held in October or November.
BE SIGは、世界のビジネス界に通用する英語教育の発展を目的に持ち、結成されました。連携体 制を組み、最善の教育方法を共有することにより、英語教育に携わるインストラクターの皆様の お手伝いを致します。
The Mind, Brain, and Education SIG (BRAIN) is a forum for language educators and researchers to share insights in neuroscience. We hope to be a driving force in bringing relevant new discoveries in psychology, cognitive neuroscience and neurolinguistics into language teaching in Japan.
The CALL SIG serves the interests of language teaching professionals who are interested in bringing together knowledge and skills of technology and language learning. CALL practitioners work in a variety of educational settings: private language schools, elementary and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities.
CEFR&LP SIG wants to discuss the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and European Language Portfolio (ELP), and other similar frameworks and their relevance for Japan. There is an emphasis on developing materials to support educators who would like to use these pedagogic tools. This is currently practically pursued in a Kaken Project. Also, the bilingual Language Portfolio aimed at Japanese universities is available on the SIG moodle.
CUE’s goal is to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of educational activities, ideas and research of broad interest to college and university educators in Japan. If you are involved in tertiary education and are committed to professional development, you are CUE too.
The CT SIG was established for the purpose of providing a clear but ever-reforming definition of critical thinking; to provide a forum for the discussion of critical thinking and praxis; to provide research opportunities to language educators interested in promoting critical thinking; and to provide an area where language teachers can enjoy friendly, professional and engaging examination of the rationale, validity and, furthermore, the critical importance of its instruction in various environments.
全国語学教育学会多読分野別研究部会「JALT ER SIG」は、講師達がERプログラムをスムーズに始められるよう、またそれを有効的に利用できることを目的に活動しています。またこの概念を元に、私達の ウエブサイト、会報、ERJ雑誌、プレゼンテーションなどを通じERの促進を促しています。
The purpose of the GALE SIG is to research gender and its implications for language learning, teaching, and training. We welcome submissions for our newsletter (spring, summer, and fall issues) on topics, both theoretical and practical, related to the SIG’s aims. Book reviews, lesson plans, think pieces, poetry -- basically anything related to gender and language teaching is welcomed.
GILE aims to promote global awareness, international understanding, and action to solve world problems through content-based language teaching, drawing from fields such as global education, peace education, environmental education, and human rights education. GILE SIG produces a quarterly newsletter, organizes presentations for local, national, and international conferences, and maintains contacts with groups ranging from Amnesty International to Educators for Social Responsibility to UNESCO.
ICLE (Intercultural Communication in Language Education) SIG, JALT's newest SIG, aims at filling the gap within the existing SIGs at JALT, by exploring various ways language teachers could help shape their students' intercultural minds, raise their students’ cultural self-awareness, and educate for intercultural understanding. It will promote discussion about (1) various approaches to teaching intercultural communication in a language classroom, allowing educators to become better informed about language intercultural education theory, as well as (2) the development of resources appropriate to a foreign language teaching environment, taking into consideration the practical challenges of taking culture into account in the language classroom.
日本語教育研究部会(JSL SIG)の役割は、第二言語としての日本語指導、日本語学習、日本語 教育研究の向上を目指し、指導、学習、研究のための資料や情報を与えることです。日本語の指 導者、学習者、研究者の皆様加入大歓迎です。発表の援助をし、ニュースレターと論文集を発行 するので論文・記事の寄稿を歓迎します。
LD SIGは、多様な教育現場(大学以外)でご活躍の皆さんの参加を歓迎しています。 小学校、中学 校、高校、通信教育、大学院、語学学校での指導や、英語以外の言語を教えている教師の皆様、 どうぞご参加ください。
We offer a bright future to our aging society. The energy of older learners who wish to lead active lives is flowing all over Japan. LLL is willing to help these older learners enrich their lives through language learning. LLL also provides resources and information for teachers who teach English to older learners by holding events and publishing online newsletters.
Mixed, Augmented and Virtual Realities (MAVR) is not a new concept or area of study, but it an area that is beginning to be implemented at a larger scale in many other fields. Environments that employ these tools and concepts are being applied to medicine, engineering and education. There are those of us working in this area connected to education here in Japan and more specifically language education in Japan. The MARV SIG is not just about the technology, it is also looking into what these technologies mean for how we communicate and learn as we create and augment our own reality.
LiLT started up to encourage and promote the use of literature in the language classroom. Literature provides real content to engage and to motivate our EFL students.
The MW SIG was established to help members turn fresh teaching ideas into useful classroom materials. We try to be a mutual assistance network, offering information regarding copyright law, sharing practical advice on publishing practices, including self-publication, and suggesting ways to create better language learning materials for general consumption or for individual classroom use.
The OLE SIG was founded in 1996 in order to serve the special needs of learners and teachers of a wide variety of languages (German, French, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Russian etc.). OLE can also be considered part of peace education as languages are also thought to be instrumental in developing cultural empathy, opening up our minds to other concepts and ideas, and enabling us to reflect on our own.
The Pragmatics SIG welcomes members who are interested in both research and practical teaching issues related to "how people do things with words." The group’s newsletter, Pragmatic Matters, is published electronically three times a year. Our Pragmatics Resources series offers practical and theoretical papers on language in use. If you do anything with language, you are using pragmatics.
Language School owners have always played a significant role in JALT both at national & local levels. The SIG offers web-based and in-person events as well as a forum to discuss and find solutions to issues unique to operating a language school and cannot be addressed through other SIGs, such as: recruitment & training; taxes, accounting, banking and bookkeeping; marketing & advertising; managing employees, and partnerships & trade between owners.
The mission of the SD&D SIG is to provide a forum for teachers and academics to discuss, research, and implement oral interpretation, speech, debate, and drama in language education. The main activities are creation of newsletters, two journals, and sponsoring a Speech, Drama, and Debate conference. Future activities may be sponsoring and supporting local and regional speech, drama, and debate contests or festivals.
The JALT Study Abroad SIG was established in 2008 to promote research on overseas study and facilitate networking among those interesting in learning more about study abroad.
The TBL SIG is aimed at teachers who currently use, or are interested in using, task-based approaches in the classroom. TBL SIG focuses in particular on issues related to Task-Based Language teaching and learning in the Asian EFL context, where TBLT has yet to enter the mainstream of language pedagogy. We hope that the SIG will serve as a useful forum for the exchange of practical teaching ideas, theoretical discussion, and academic studies of TBLT issues.
The TD SIG is a network for those who want to help themselves and others become better teachers. Our activities include retreats, mini-conferences, social and networking events, and forums & presentations. TD's comprehensive newsletter, Explorations in Teacher Education, welcomes stimulating articles!
THT is a grassroots organization founded by members of the Himeji City Chapter of JALT in 2004. THT is dedicated to the aid and assistance of fellow educators and students in and around Asia. We fulfill this mission by providing teacher-training workshops in Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, and Vietnam that exhibit practical, student and teacher-friendly approaches to language education that are informed by current research in the field.
The TYL SIG is for teachers of children of all ages. We publish a bilingual newsletter four times a year with columns by many of the leading teachers in the field. We are always looking for new ideas and new people to keep the SIG dynamic. With our bilingual newsletter, Teachers Learning with Children, we particularly want to appeal to Japanese teachers and teachers who team teach.
The VOCAB SIG aims to provide a forum for focused research and discussion in specific regard to vocabulary acquisition. We aim to offer both teachers and researchers a place to connect regarding how learners improve vocabulary knowledge, how to test their knowledge, and how these theoretical aspects will connect to classroom practice. The VOCAB SIG aims to be a driving force for both current and future research in the field of how vocabulary can be taught, learned, and tested in an increasingly global context.