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JALT 2021

The JALT 47th Annual International Conference will be held from November 12 to 15, 2021 in Shizouka, Japan and online. Register soon!


Chairs Wanted

The planning process for the PanSIG 2023 Conference will be soon underway. Step one is finding the Conference Chairs. Interested in give it a go? Below, see more details.

Money Talks


Need some money for your research endeavors?  There's a cash giveaway to 3 lucky winners. Check to see if you qualify for JALT'$ Re$earch Grant$.

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Film Festival

Lookout Hollywood! JALT's neighbor and friend, KOTESOL will be holding a Filmmaking Festival and National Conference.

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Cafe Opens

The Multilingual Cafe was recently established to provide language communities, other than English, a place to converge. No word if Esperanto is spoken or if espressos are available.

PanSIG 2021

The PanSIG 2021 Conference was held on May 14-16 in Nagano and online. The theme was Local and Global Perspectives:
Plurilingualism and Multilingualism. Organizers were pleased with the turnout and quality of presentations. 


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Summer Symposium

In celebration of Okinawa JALT surpassing 40 years, the conference theme is "Okinawa JALT @ 40: Examining the Past, Present, and Future of Language Education." The conference will be online and held on July 25th, Sunday. See below for more info.

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It's Show Time


We will offer several presentation formats at the Summer Symposium, including: research presentations, teaching practices, and workshops. Please register early, as the conference date is quickly approaching!

Submission Deadline for Presentation Proposals ends on July 14, 2021.  CLICK to REGISTER

Scott Thornbury

One of our keynote speakers for the Summer Symposium will be legendary TESOL expert Scott Thornbury. He is an award-winning author and leading authority in all things TESOL.


Andy Curtis

We also have Andy Curtis as a keynote speaker for the Summer Symposium. Andy served as the 50th president of TESOL International and is recognized as the "Fifty Most Influential Figures" in the field. 

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SNS 100%

The Okinawa JALT Publicity Team has recently expanded our presence in several SNS platforms. We want information to be more easily accessible for all members and friends of JALT.


OkiJALT Swag

We are in the process of finalizing designs and orders for a small batch of Okinawa JALT polo shirts.  We plan to make these available to everyone at the first regular conference. We'll keep you posted!

PIE SIG Agreement


We are happy to announce that we have signed an "Agreement for Cooperation and Exchange" with our long-time partner and friend, the Performance in Education Special Interest Group of JALT.  We believe this will be a recipe for success.


Okinawa JALT Journal

The Okinawa Chapter is currently finalizing details for the creation of a dedicated publication for academic and practice-based articles for our members, affiliates, and conference presenters. We hope to launch the journal later this year.

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Looking Sharp

The final touches of our new polo shirts have been completed. Okinawa JALT's mascot, Nini, was given a fashion makeover with a costume from the traditional Okinawan eisa dance.  It should be a big hit! The shirts will be ready to wear in a few weeks.

Video Conference

Zoom Fridays


Okinawa JALT holds a regular Friday Zoom session with members and friends of JALT.  It's a time to get together and chat with one another.  We usually start around 7:30 pm.  Please drop by for a chat.  If interested, contact us at