PanSIG is an annual conference held in May, and organized by many of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT). The 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.


Upcoming: PanSIG 2019 Conference

PanSIG 2019 will be held at Konan University, CUBE Campus in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, on May 17-19, 2019. The call for papers will be announced at a later date.

Nishinomiya is halfway between Kobe and Osaka. The venue is a 3-minute walk from Hankyu Nishinomiya-kitaguchi station, which is:

  • 15 min from Hankyu Sannomiya station (central Kobe)
  • 15 min from Hankyu Umeda station (central Osaka)

PanSIG 2018 Conference

Toyo Gakuen University (Hongo Campus)

Conference Dates: May 19-20, 2018.

Venue: Toyo Gakuen University (Hongo Campus), Building 4/5

Location: Near Tokyo Dome (access / map)
1-26-3, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
​Phone: (+81) 3-3811-1696

For full details of the conference, download the PanSIG handbookPanSIG 2018 Handbook. For a quick overview, please see the schedule overview.

To ensure a safe and professionally-satisfying experience for all at PanSIG, attendees are asked to read and abide by the JALT Code of Conduct.

Important Dates:

Accommodation: Please book your hotel early to ensure that you get the rate and location that suits you best. Our accomdation for PanSIG 2018 page has some advice for you.

Environmental Initiatives

In an effort to help us hold a sustainable conference and reduce our carbon footprint, PanSIG2018 encourages you to bring your own travel mug or tumbler for use with on-site refreshments. As an incentive, after verifying you have a reusable cup, you will be given a ticket at registration for a FREE SNACK as a thank-you for putting the planet first! We look forward to seeing all those tumblers!

For more information on PanSIG environmental initiatives, please visit our Environment page.


PanSIG 2016 Journal2016 PanSIG Journal Published

The 2016 PanSIG Journal has been published, containing 45 peer-reviewed papers that were originally presentations at the PanSIG 2016 conference at Meio University in Nago, Okinawa on May 20-23, 2016. You can download the 2016 PanSIG Journal here (PDF). You can access previous publications through the PanSIG publications page.


PanSIG 2017 Conference: It was a great weekend!

AIU flutePanSIG 2017 was held May 19-21 at Akita International University (AIU) in Akita City, Akita Prefecture, Japan. AIU was a supporting institution (or cosponsor) of PanSIG 2017, and we are grateful for their support. Thank you to everyone who helped make this conference a success!

Theme: Expand your interests

Venue: Akita International University (AIU), Akita City, Akita Prefecture, Japan

Dates: May 19 - 21 (Friday to Sunday), 2017

Presenters: All presenters are invited to submit a paper based on their presentation for publication in the 2017 PanSIG Journal. The deadline is August 31, 2017. Please see the PanSIG Journal site for details.

Photos & Videos: 

PanSIG 2017 Volunteers


PanSIG 2016: Photos, Handouts & Slides

Okinawa musicThe PanSIG 2016 Conference at Meio University in Okinawa (May 20-23, 2016) was a great success! Thank you to the organizers, presenters, participants, and student volunteers. To relive the conference, or in case you missed out, check these out:

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