Call for Papers: 11th Annual Shikoku JALT Conference

The call for papers is now open for the 11th Shikoku JALT Conference to be held at Tokushima University on Saturday, June 20th, 2020. The Conference will be co-sponsored by East Shikoku JALT, Matsuyama JALT and Oxford University Press. 

David Barker, who gave a well-received plenary talk at last year’s 45th International Conference (JALT2019), has agreed to be our keynote speaker.

Date, time and location: 

Saturday, June 20th, 1:00-5:30 (time may change slightly for scheduling purposes)
Tokushima University, Tokushima (building/room details/location maps TBA)

Keynote speaker: 

Dr. David Barker, Director of the English Center, Gifu University.

OUP Speaker:


Short papers/presentations:

The full slate of presentations will be announced in late April/early May.

Please note that this year’s Conference programme will include only a limited number of openings for 30-minute presentations/short papers (20 minutes + 10 min Q&A), which will follow the Keynote and OUP presentations. Papers will be selected based on several criteria including research/teaching contribution, balanced representation across both sponsoring chapters, and the Professional Development goals of the Shikoku JALT Conference. Preference may be given to younger teacher-researchers, and/or those without university funding for conference travel.

For the short paper section of the Conference, we invite presentation proposals from JALT members as well as non-JALT members. 

The deadline for proposals is: Friday, March 27, 2020. Presentation proposals will be vetted by the Conference committee. Decisions on presentation proposals will be sent out in early April. 

Please submit your presentation proposal for a short paper to:

Submission Guidelines (please follow carefully):

Name: (please include any co-presenters along with the main speaker)
Presentation title: (please keep it concise – (maximum: 60 characters/letters including spaces)
Abstract: (maximum: 150 words)
Teaching context: (eg. university, high school/jhs, primary school)
Research/Content area: (eg. Reading, Motivation, TBLT, Listening, Testing, CALL, Materials, etc.)
Equipment requests: (eg. projector, DVD, OHP)
JALT Member: Yes / No


  1. Any JALT member may attend the Conference free of charge.
  2. There is no presentation fee for JALT members with accepted proposals.
  3. One-day membership for non-members: 1000 yen 
  4. There will be a presentation fee of 5000 yen for accepted proposals from all non-members (this includes the one-day membership)
  5. Co-presenter submissions are welcomed but the main speaker shall be responsible for any payment of presentation fees for non-member co-presenters prior to the Conference.

After the call for papers has been closed and presentations have been accepted, a detailed Conference programme will be announced in mid April. At that time we will also provide detailed venue access, accommodation, and reception party information.

We are very proud of this annual local Conference and the collaboration between Matsuyama JALT and East Shikoku JALT that makes the Conference happen. Please consider sharing your language teaching research or practical classroom ideas at the 11th Shikoku JALT Conference at Tokushima University.

Feel free to distribute this call for papers to teacher colleagues in your respective communities.

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