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!


  • The June 28th Tokyo Get-together reflections have been published as a Google Doc. Please read and share! The next Tokyo Get-together is scheduled for 25 October, and the Tokyo Get-together team has penciled in 13 December as the date for the second Creating Community: Learning Together informal afternoon conference. Follow our on-going activity reports here or on Facebook!
  • We recently conducted a survey on members’ views about starting a new annual journal. The results have been collated and can be found here. Please add your comments about the developing ideas for what to do and how to do it by sending an email to Tim Ashwell, tjashwell AT MARK gmail dot com. Alternatively, read the summary of survey responses on this web site’s blog, and reply to the post directly.
  • Check out the wonderful highlights video from JALT2014, and get energized for the 2015 conference. Proposals are still being accepted for the LD SIG Forum at JALT2015. Don’t miss the April 11 deadline.
  • The Grants Team welcomes conference and research grant applications from LD-SIG members. For more information, please see our Grants page. New member and subscriber grants are also available!
  • 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.

JALT2014 AGM Minutes

Download the Minutes of our most recent Annual General Meeting, Minutes for LD-SIG AGM, Tsukuba (MSWord) or Minutes for LD-SIG AGM, Tsukuba (PDF).