Welcome to the website of the Learner Development Special Interest Group of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT). We are a lively, dynamic community of learners and teachers from all teaching contexts, both formal and informal, who share an interest in exploring learner development and autonomy through our practice, research, and dialogue.


  • We organize regular local get-togethers in Tokyo, Kansai and Hiroshima, and forums at all the national conferences.
  • We publish an inclusive and informative bi-annual newsletter, Learning Learning.
  • We collaborate on publications of research and practice in the area of learner development.
  • We encourage dialogue among our members, on our Blog and Discussion List
  • We support outreach projects relating to language learning in communities less fortunate than our own.
  • We offer grants to new and current members to pay for membership, subscription, research, conference attendance, and outreach projects.
  • 東京、関西、広島で定期的に地域別集会を開催しています。また、国内の学会ではフォーラムを開催しています。
  • 年2回、情報が満載のニュースレター『学習の学習』を発行しています。
  • 学習者ディベロプメントの分野における研究と実践の出版に向けて、共同で取り組んでいます。
  • ブログやディスカッションリスト上で、会員同士の対話を奨励しています。
  • 支援が必要と思われるコミュニティーにおいて、言語学習に関わるアウトリーチプロジェクトを支援しています。
  • 新会員および現会員を対象に、会費助成、研究助成、学会参加助成、アウトリーチプロジェクトへの助成など、さまざまな助成金を支給しています。

Please join us. We look forward to working with you!


  • JALT2015, held the weekend of 20-23 November, was by all accounts a rousing success. Otsukaresama to all — especially Dexter and Kay, this year’s conference chairs. JALT2016 will be held in Nagoya, November 25-28, 2016. You can submit a proposal on CFP page; the deadline for submissions is Monday, February 15, 2016.
  • The next LD SIG event on the 2013 calendar is the December 13 Mini-conference and Bounenkai in Tokyo. For more information, please see the conference page, Creating Community, Learning Together.
  • Updated versions of the SIG AGM Minutes and Annual Reports, 2013-2015, are now available on the LD SIG web site
  • Collaborative Learning in Learner Development (CLiLD) can now be downloaded for free from Smashwords:
    The book can be read in iBooks and almost any other e-book reader. By downloading “Calibre“, an open source program, you can read the ebook on a pc and can convert it into any other e-reader format, including Kindle.
  • Follow our on-going activity reports here or on Facebook!