March 27, 2006
Teacher Development - World Teaching Organizations
What does the following acronym stand for - JALT….Go ahead, think about if for a minute, see if you can figure it out.
Ready? Ok…take a little more time..
How about now? . . .
. . . Yes! That’s right! Good on ya! Japanese Association for Language Teaching!
The Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of language teaching and learning both within Japan and internationally. With nearly 3,000 members in chapters and affiliate Special Interest Groups (SIG's) across Japan as well as members abroad, JALT promotes and encourages research, social and intellectual pursuits in the field of language education, community outreach, and academic publication through its two journals, The Language Teacher and the JALT Journal. You'll find groups representing everything from CALL to Learner (and teacher!) Development.
If you’re thinking about teaching in Japan or are already there, why not visit their site at JALT.org and consider joining. I’ve been a member since 2003 and my experience in Japan would surely have been very different if not for the opportunities to present, participate and party with JALT!
Ever been to a JALT event or read a JALT publication? Tell us about it by commenting below.
March 2006 Guest-Writer for ESLemployment
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About the author of this entry:
Marlen hails from South Florida but has lived abroad in both Europe and Asia. His own international education experiences include a year at Kingston University in Surrey, England. In 1995, Marlen earned his B.S. in Psychology from Appalachian State University.and then was awarded the M.A. in Education and Human Development from George Washington University in 1997. Currently, he is pursuing a doctoral program in TESOL after four years of teaching in a variety of settings in Western Japan. In addition to his liberal arts and educational background, Marlen is also a member of the Japanese Association for Language Teaching, acting as Co-Coordinator for their Learner Development special interest group.
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