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.

CANCELED: PanSIG 2020: May 30-31

U of Niigata PrefRecent developments of the coronavirus (CoVID 19) and possible impacts on educators and educational institutions have become a bigger concern. The PanSIG Executive Committee has reluctantly come to the decision to cancel this years’ PanSIG 2020 Conference in Niigata. The decision was not taken lightly. Considerations of the health and wellbeing of presenters, participants, and associate members as well as the need for professional and academic development and the need for networking were taken into account. This is an unprecedented situation and we ask for your understanding.

We are discussing now how to arrange other opportunities for presenting or publishing your contributions, including online forums and journals. If you have suggestions or wish to join in the discussion, please contact us at

Payments already made for registration and/or meals will be refunded in full. We ask for your patience.

PanSIG 2020 was to be held at University of Niigata Prefecture in Niigata City on May 30-31, 2020.

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PanSIG 2019 Plenary Interview Videos Now Available

Plenary SessionsAt PanSIG 2019, the plenary talks were done in a special interview format in coordination with the TEFLology Podcast. Our plenary speakers were interviewed for 30 minutes, and then answered questions submitted by the audience. The plenary talks were recorded, and are now available on YouTube.

PanSIG 2019 Conference was successful

Konan University CUBEPanSIG 2019 was held at Konan University, CUBE Campus in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, on May 18-19, 2019. To look back on what happened each day, please see our PanSIG 2019 Schedule. Also, some presenters have uploaded their presentation slides and handouts.

The Numbers:

Joël Laurier, JALT's Regional Professional Activities Committee Chair, wrote in the JALT Executive Newsletter, "Congratulations to Michael Hollenback and Roger Palmer for an extremely well-run conference. Here are the numbers:

  • 449 participants
  • 20 international participants from 10 countries
  • 44 of Japan’s 47 prefectures were represented
  • 27 of JALT’s 28 SIGs participated."

2019 PanSIG Journal Call for Papers

All presenters at PanSIG 2019 were invited to submit a paper based on their presentation for publication in the 2019 PanSIG Journal. In the same way that the presentations were vetted prior to the conference, journal papers from the conference are subjected to peer review. The deadline was August 15, 2019. Please see the 2019 PanSIG Journal Call for Papers page for details.

The 2018 PanSIG Journal Has Been Published

PanSIG 2018 JournalThis journal represents the fourth edition of the annual PanSIG Journal in its latest form--following 13 years of proceedings publications beginning with 2002--which includes a selection of articles from the 2018 conference. With a comprehensive blind and detailed peer review process, including the new policy of allowing authors to take on the role of a reviewer, dedicated reviewing and editing committees, along with motivated and professional authors, and proper time management, the quality of the articles submitted to the 2018 PanSIG Journal were consistently high. The articles finally selected for publication in the 2018 PanSIG Journal demonstrated a comprehensive and robust representation of the work presented at the PanSIG conference from a number of different SIGs on a diverse range of topics. More importantly, the range of research ideas highlight the effort and creativity of the participants of the conference and the members of the SIGs, and clearly demonstrated that PanSIG as a language research, teaching and learning community is constantly evolving and seeking to find new patterns, designs and structures in language pedagogy. Download the 2018 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.

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