President’s Message


President’s Message

Happy New Year!

As I write this, it has been just a month since our wonderful JALT2012 conference in Hamamatsu. Many thanks again to all the organizers, presenters, and attendees who made JALT2012, Making a Difference, such a great conference! In the coming months you will be hearing a lot about our exciting plans for JALT2013, Learning is a Lifelong Voyage, which will be held Oct 25-28, 2013.

As a new Board of Directors was installed at the Ordinary General Meeting we had at JALT2012, we held a “handover” meeting in mid-November to aid the transition between outgoing and incoming directors and the two boards in general. At this meeting, we welcomed our new members, Director of Public Relations, Ted O’Neill, and Director of Records, Roehl Sybing, and had a final chance to meet officially with their predecessors, Michael Stout and Aleda Krause. As a group we discussed feedback on JALT2012, made plans for the upcoming two years, and came to agreement on various management issues. In addition, we had breakout meetings to discuss items that involved smaller groups or transitioning directors.

Most chapters and SIGs are experiencing similar changes in leadership, and we hope that they will also succeed in helping the new officers get off to a flying start. We really appreciate all the energy that JALT volunteers bring to any project, and stand ready to help all members and officers have a better experience with JALT. If you have any ideas or suggestions for JALT or the BoD, please let us know at <>.

Thank you again for your membership and contributions to JALT, and best wishes for 2013!

Kevin Cleary

President, NPO JALT


JALT2013 Call for Presentations 

Whether you are an experienced teacher or someone who is just starting out teaching, you do not want to miss JALT2013 “Learning is a Lifelong Voyage” from Oct 25-28, 2013 in Kobe. It is going to be a great conference with hundreds of presentations, workshops, and forums, as well as some great plenaries and featured speaker workshops.  

In addition to attending some of these presentations, you can also be an active participant by giving one. Start the Year of the Snake off right by submitting a proposal. Join the voyage and be part of JALT2013. The Call for Presentations has opened and will remain there until the deadline of Apr 22, 2013. Please visit <> to submit your proposal!

Go to <> for all the latest information!


2013 JALT Executive Board Meetings

2013-1 TOKYO

  • February 2-3, 2013
  • National Olympics Memorial Youth Center (NYC), Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

2013-2 KYOTO

  • June 29-30, 2013
  • Campus Plaza Kyoto

2013-3 KOBE

  • JALT Annual International Conference, October 25-28
  • Kobe Convention Center, Portopia, Kobe, Hyogo


PanSIG2013 Call for Presentations

The Call for Presentations for the JALT PanSIG2013 Conference to be held May 18-19 at Nanzan University, Nagoya, can be found at <> (or do a websearch for PanSIG2013). The theme is “From Many, One: Collaboration, Cooperation, Community.”  The deadline for submissions is Feb 15, 2013.