PanSIG is an annual conference usually 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.


Announcing the 2020 PanSIG Journal Call for Papers

August 2, 2020

All presenters at the PanSIG 2020 Online conference are invited to submit a paper to the 2020 PanSIG Journal. Please see the Call for Papers for details. The deadline is August 31st, 2020.


The 2019 PanSIG Journal Has Been Published

June 24, 2020

PanSIG 2019 JournalThis journal represents the fifth edition of the annual PanSIG Journal in its latest form, following 14 years of proceedings publications beginning with 2002. With a comprehensive blind and detailed peer review process, including the new policy of allowing authors to take on the role of a reviewer, dedicated reviewing and editing committees, along with motivated and professional authors, and proper time management, the quality of the articles submitted to the 2019 PanSIG Journal were consistently high. The articles finally selected for publication in the 2019 PanSIG Journal demonstrated a comprehensive and robust representation of the work presented at the PanSIG conference from a number of different SIGs on a diverse range of topics. More importantly, the range of research ideas highlight the effort and creativity of the participants of the conference and the members of the SIGs, and clearly demonstrated that PanSIG as a language research, teaching and learning community is constantly evolving and seeking to find new patterns, designs and structures in language pedagogy. Download the 2019 PanSIG Journal (PDF).


PanSIG 2020: Online June 20-21

U of Niigata PrefThe conference will be held online at this site: pansig2020.eventzil.la.

Plenary speaker: Amanda Gillis-Furutaka

Keynote speaker: Gary Ross

History: When CoVID-19 struck, the PanSIG team was just finishing up the vetting of the presentation proposals for the conference. After we made the decision to cancel the conference, we were faced with the question of what to do with these abstracts. Knowing that these abstracts represented a wide range of research efforts of a lot of people, we decided to provide these presenters with an alternative opportunity to do their presentations. After much discussion, we decided that the most straightforward way would be to ask them to record their presentations and upload them to YouTube, and PanSIG would issue a handbook with abstracts and links on June 20th.

Why June 20th? This year, we moved the PanSIG registration site from ConfTool to the framework created by Gary Ross for the JALTCALL2020 conference. As it happens, the JALTCALL conference will also be moving online. We decided that June 20th would allow us enough time to learn from the JALTCALL SIG’s experience. We are also inviting SIGs to organize online forums on that weekend.

Fees: Due to the extraordinary circumstances this year, as well as the experimental nature of taking PanSIG online, we have decided on a unique fee structure for this year:

  • Presenters who are JALT members: 1,000 yen
  • Presenters who are not JALT members: 1,500 yen
  • Attendees who are not presenters: free

To keep up with PanSIG news, please follow us on Twitter @JALT_PanSIG and / or our Facebook page.

Furthermore, the JALT/TESOL conference scheduled to be held on June 20, 2020 will be held in tandem with the PanSIG conference. All four plenaries will be present for a review of the full conference, tentatively scheduled for June 19 and 20, 2021 in Kyoto. The June 2020 online event will feature talks from our four international plenaries and have the Brain SIG's unique blend of brain friendly conferencing. For more information, please consult www.jalt-tesol.org You can register here for this.


PanSIG 2019 Plenary Interview Videos Now Available

Plenary SessionsAt PanSIG 2019, the plenary talks were done in a special interview format in coordination with the TEFLology Podcast. Our plenary speakers were interviewed for 30 minutes, and then answered questions submitted by the audience. The plenary talks were recorded, and are now available on YouTube.


PanSIG 2019 Conference was successful

Konan University CUBEPanSIG 2019 was held at Konan University, CUBE Campus in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, on May 18-19, 2019. To look back on what happened each day, please see our PanSIG 2019 Schedule. Also, some presenters have uploaded their presentation slides and handouts.

The Numbers:

Joël Laurier, JALT's Regional Professional Activities Committee Chair, wrote in the JALT Executive Newsletter, "Congratulations to Michael Hollenback and Roger Palmer for an extremely well-run conference. Here are the numbers:

  • 449 participants
  • 20 international participants from 10 countries
  • 44 of Japan’s 47 prefectures were represented
  • 27 of JALT’s 28 SIGs participated."

2019 PanSIG Journal Call for Papers

All presenters at PanSIG 2019 were invited to submit a paper based on their presentation for publication in the 2019 PanSIG Journal. In the same way that the presentations were vetted prior to the conference, journal papers from the conference are subjected to peer review. The deadline was August 15, 2019. Please see the 2019 PanSIG Journal Call for Papers page for details.


The 2018 PanSIG Journal Has Been Published

PanSIG 2018 JournalThis journal represents the fourth edition of the annual PanSIG Journal in its latest form--following 13 years of proceedings publications beginning with 2002--which includes a selection of articles from the 2018 conference. With a comprehensive blind and detailed peer review process, including the new policy of allowing authors to take on the role of a reviewer, dedicated reviewing and editing committees, along with motivated and professional authors, and proper time management, the quality of the articles submitted to the 2018 PanSIG Journal were consistently high. The articles finally selected for publication in the 2018 PanSIG Journal demonstrated a comprehensive and robust representation of the work presented at the PanSIG conference from a number of different SIGs on a diverse range of topics. More importantly, the range of research ideas highlight the effort and creativity of the participants of the conference and the members of the SIGs, and clearly demonstrated that PanSIG as a language research, teaching and learning community is constantly evolving and seeking to find new patterns, designs and structures in language pedagogy. Download the 2018 PanSIG Journal (PDF).


PanSIG 2018 Conference was a success!Toyo Gakuen University (Hongo Campus)

The PanSIG 2018 Conference at Toyo Gakuen in Tokyo was the biggest one yet, even surpassing last year's success. In total the conference attracted 463 participants (see photos). And through our "bring your own travel mug" environmental initiative, we only used 200 paper cups throughout the weekend! Thank you to everyone who helped make this year such a success, especially thanks to Jennie Roloff Rothman, Andy Boon and Jason Pratt for a smooth, well-run conference.

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