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

Konan University CUBEPanSIG 2019 will be held at Konan University, CUBE Campus in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, on May 18-19, 2019. Pre-registration is now open.

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)

Call for papers:
The call for papers runs October 1st, 2018 through December 22nd, 2018. For those interested in giving a presentation, workshop, or poster presentation at PanSIG, please see our call for papers. All proposals will be vetted by blind review, and the results will be made available between mid-February and early March. Presenters will expected to register for the conference soon thereafter, though registration payment is usually due at the beginning of April.

While Konan University, Nishinomiya Campus (CUBE) is a modern campus in a convenient location, attendees to PanSIG 2019 will be best served by the Sannomiya area of Kobe (map), and the Umeda area of Osaka (map), which are both 15-minute express-train rides from Nishinomiya-Kitaguchi station. Please book your hotel early to ensure that you get the rate and location that suits you best.

JALT Code of Conduct:
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.

Please refer back to this site, or follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter to keep up to date with PanSIG 2019 developments.

The 2017 PanSIG Journal Has Been Published

PanSIG 2017 JournalThe 16th Annual PanSIG conference was held at Akita International University, Akita, Japan from May 19th to 21st, 2017. The theme was "Expand Your Interests." With a blind peer review process and dedicated reviewing and editing committees, along with motivated and professional authors, the quality of the articles submitted to the 2017 PanSIG Journal were consistently high. The 29 articles in the 2017 PanSIG Journal are a representative effort from the conference and work from a number of different SIGs on a diverse range of topics were accepted for publication in this year's volume. These include many different articles which focus on a range of topics of research or teaching practice and serve to highlight the effort and creativity of the participants of the conference and the members of the SIGs involved. Download the 2017 PanSIG Journal (PDF).

PanSIG 2018 Conference was a success!Toyo Gakuen University (Hongo Campus)

The PanSIG 2018 Conference at Toyo Gakuen in Tokyo was the biggest one yet, even surpassing last year's success. In total the conference attracted 463 participants (see photos). And through our "bring your own travel mug" environmental initiative, we only used 200 paper cups throughout the weekend! Thank you to everyone who helped make this year such a success, especially thanks to Jennie Roloff Rothman, Andy Boon and Jason Pratt for a smooth, well-run conference.

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.

Environmental Initiatives

In an effort to help us hold a sustainable conference and reduce our carbon footprint, PanSIG2018 encouraged participants to bring their own travel mug or tumbler for use with on-site refreshments. As an incentive, after verifying that they have a reusable cup, participants were given a ticket at registration for a FREE SNACK as a thank-you for putting the planet first! 

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

PanSIG 2017 Volunteers

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