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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). The Annual JALT PanSIG 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. Learn more on our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions page).


Announcing PanSIG 2024

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


The 2022 PanSIG Journal has been published

PanSIG JournalThe 2022 PanSIG Journal represents the eighth edition of the annual PanSIG Journal in its latest form -- following 14 years of proceedings publications beginning with 2002 -- which includes a selection of articles based on presentations from the 2022 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 2022 PanSIG Journal effectively represent the diverse range of topics presented at the PanSIG 2022 conference, which was held July 08-10, 2022 face to face with hybrid presentations at The University of Nagano.


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!

Key dates:

  • Call for Presentation Proposals (CFP) was open November 30, 2022 - January 20, 2023.
  • Research grants submission deadline: October 31st, 2022
  • Conference grants submission deadline: January 20, 2023
  • Pre-registration deadline: May 2nd. If you missed this deadline, you could pay on-site at the door (credit cards / cash).
  • Order lunch by May 2nd. Options on site are very limited.
  • Saturday's Official Conference Dinner sign up deadline: May 2nd.
  • Childcare registration deadline: May 5th
  • PanSIG 2023 Conference: May 12 to 14, 2023 at Kyoto Sangyo University
  • For presenters: PanSIG Journal Submission Deadline (initial draft of full paper due): August 31, 2023 Extended deadline: September 10, 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