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PanSIG Conference

What is PanSIG?

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). Bringing together leading scholars and practitioners in language education from Japan, Asia, and throughout the world, the Annual JALT PanSIG Conference is meant to be a smaller, more intimate conference than JALT's annual international conference (which is held each fall), and is a place where SIG members can network with each other. Learn more on our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions page).


Call for a PanSIG 2026 conference site chair

We are currently searching for a 2026 PanSIG Conference site chair


PanSIG 2025: May 17-18 in Chiba

PanSIG 2025 will be held May 17-18, 2025 at Kanda University of International Studies in Mihama Ward, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture. The conference chair will be Robert Dykes; the site co-chairs will be Jennie Roloff Rothman and Prateek Sharma. 

The call for presentation proposals is TBA; the call for our previous conference ran Nov. 1 to Jan. 14, so the call for PanSIG 2025 will probably be similar. To keep up with news announcements, subscribe to the JALT Talk newsletter, and make sure to follow PanSIG on social media.


PanSIG Journal Call for Papers 2024: Volume 10

All vetted presentations and forum presentations at PanSIG 2024 are invited to submit a paper based on their presentation for publication in the PanSIG Journal. The submission deadline for the initial draft of your full paper is due August 31st, 2024 (for both issues, Fall 2024 & Spring 2025).

Details: https://pansig.org/journal-cfp


PanSIG 2024 was a success

PanSIG 2024 was held May 24th - May 26th, 2024 at the Fukui University of Technology in Fukui City. Click here for PanSIG 2024 details

PanSIG Banner hanging in Fukui Station


The PanSIG Journal 2023 has been published

PanSIG JournalJust in time for the PanSIG 2024 Conference weekend, our PanSIG Journal 2023​ has been published! This represents the ninth edition of the annual PanSIG Journal in its latest form -- following 14 years of proceedings publications beginning with 2002 -- which includes a selection of 36 articles based on presentations from the 2023 conference. With a detailed and supportive blind peer review process, authors were able to produce high quality articles. The articles finally selected for publication in the PanSIG Journal 2023 effectively represent the diverse range of topics presented at the PanSIG 2023 conference, which was held Friday, May 12 to Sunday, May 14, 2023 at Kyoto Sangyo University (京都産業大学) in Kyoto City .


PanSIG 2024 received an EVE Award

EVE (Equal Voices in ELT) was created at the beginning of February, 2018. Its aim is to recognize both gender and highly proficient speaker parity in keynotes and plenaries in ELT conferences and events worldwide.

PanSIG 2023 was a success!

PanSIG 2023 (Sat)
On behalf of the committee, we want to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to the incredible success of the PanSIG2023 conference in Kyoto. It was truly an amazing event, bringing together a community of awesome people from all over Japan and overseas. With over 550 registered participants and 260 sessions, the conference was buzzing with great energy and wonderful ideas. We are especially grateful to the more than 200 attendees (each!) who joined us for both the captivating plenary sessions that Mitsuyo Sakamoto & Yukie Saito provided, and the 11 AMs who supported this conference and introduced participants to their great resources.

Check out the photos from PanSIG 2023!


PanSIG 2023 was awarded an EVE Voices Badge!

The PanSIG 2023 Conference was awarded an EVE (Equal Voices in ELT) Voices Badge.

PanSIG 2023 Eve Voices Award


PanSIG 2022: A successful return to face to face conferences!

updated July 26, 2022

venue imagesPanSIG 2022 Conference took place face-to-face July 8-10, 2022, and feedback from participants was very positive. Thank you to the University of Nagano (長野県立大学) Miwa Campus for hospitality and to the wonderful students who were helpful volunteers. PanSIG 2022 was well attended (close to 400 attendees in person, and a good number of folks joining us online), with more than 175 presentations on campus (17 of which were hybrid) and seven online-only presentations.

The conference theme was (Re)imagining language education. What is the future of language education in a post-pandemic world? How will we teach, research, and learn languages? What challenges will learners, researchers and educators meet and overcome? What new connections will be made among learners, educators, and researchers within and beyond our classrooms and communities? The theme connects well with JALT SIGs, and the PanSIG 2022 Conference will be a place where educators, researchers, and learners can re(imagine) our professionalism and academic excellence, thinking about how to help students enhance their learning and share, discuss and engage in research and practice in meaningful ways in the post-pandemic world.

(Please note that the dates for PanSIG 2022 were later than usual. We chose the date to avoid a schedule conflict with a festival in Nagano, which took over May and June in 2022. This change meant that PanSIG attendees were able to find affordable hotels and transportation, which would have been our biggest concern if we were to try to hold PanSIG during the festival.)


PanSIG 2022 was awarded an EVE Voices Badge!

The PanSIG 2022 Conference was awarded an EVE (Equal Voices in ELT) Voices Badge for gender balance and L1 balance in our plenary speaker lineup!

EVE Voices Award