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The Language Teacher

This is the home for The Language Teacher, the bimonthly publication of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (全国語学教育学会). It publishes articles and other material related to language teaching, particularly in an Asian context. TLT also serves the important role of publicizing information about the organization and its many events.

A brief history

The Language Teacher, or TLT as we usually refer to it, was first published under that name in April, 1984 (though its roots go back further. For a more detailed history, this article will be of interest). Since then it has continued without a break, and until 2008 was the only monthly fully refereed language education journal in the world. In 2009, a decision was made to begin publishing TLT bimonthly in order to concentrate on offering more content online—particularly time sensitive material. Producing a publication of this quality and consistency is especially remarkable for the fact that the staff (almost 40 people, plus advisory board members) are ALL volunteers!

Between the covers

As well as Featured and Reader's Forum articles, TLT regularly runs special issue and conference related material. There are also regular columns each issue, including:

  • Book Reviews - Reviews of the latest in resources and materials
  • Conference Information - Updates on our annual international conference
  • JALT Focus - Notices, news, and information of interest to JALT members
  • My Share - Practical ideas for use in language classrooms
  • Old Grammarians - A little light relief at the end of every TLT
  • Recently Received - Listings of books and classroom materials available for review purposes
  • SIG Focus - News and information on JALT's many Special Interest Groups
  • Teaching Assistance - A column by teachers, for teachers
  • TLT Wired - Technical resources and information relevant to language teaching
  • Writers' Workshop - Guidance for writers just beginning in academic publishing
  • Young Learners - Help and advice for teachers of younger students

Almost all of the material published in TLT since 1996 is available on this website for JALT members and subscribers to use. We hope you enjoy this rich resource of practical and research material.

The editors and staff

Below is a list of all content added in this section, most recent posts listed first.

JALT2017 Conference Preview

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 08:28

Does Dyslexia Occur Among Japanese English Language Learners?

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 12:38

Bridging Research and Secondary School Classrooms: A Case of Vocabulary Learning

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 12:37

Learning-Oriented Assessment in a Testing-Oriented Culture

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 12:36

The Language Teacher - Issue 41.4; July 2017

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 12:01

Delving into Dysfluency: Identifying the Most Problematic Issues of Japanese Learners

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 12:14

General English or ESP for Liberal Education? What Students Want and Why

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 12:13

Investigating the Effects of Short In-class Extensive Reading on Improving English Proficiency

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 12:11

The Language Teacher - Issue 41.3; May 2017

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 22:49

Interview with Amos Paran, Specialist in L2 Reading and Literature in Language Teaching

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 14:06

Textbooks or E-learning? Learners’ Preferences and Motivations in a Japanese EFL Classroom

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 09:11

The Language Teacher - Issue 41.2; March 2017

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 09:07

Being a Kakehashi: A Case Study of the Link Between Teacher Beliefs and Student Engagement

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 13:23

The Language Teacher - Issue 41.1; January 2017

Issue posted by Malcolm Swanson on Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 13:20

Interview: Learning the Core Concept of Extensive Reading from Richard Day

Article posted by Malcolm Swanson on Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 11:38

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