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34th Annual JLTANE Conference

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Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of New England
Virtual Conference Hosted by Smith College

The 34th Annual Conference of the Japanese Language Teachers’ Association of New England (JLTANE) will be a virtual conference this year, hosted by Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, on Saturday, June 12, 2021. The conference includes a keynote address by Professor Wako Tawa, Willem Schupf Professor in Asian Languages and Civilizations and director of language study at Amherst College.

Virtual Conference Details

  • Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021
  • Time: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Tentative)
  • Abstract Deadline: Saturday, March 12, 2021, 11:59 p.m. (EST)
  • Host: Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts

Keynote Speaker

Wako Tawa

Willem Schupf Professor in Asian Languages and Civilizations and Director of Language Study, Amherst College


“Revisiting the Starting Points of Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language”

Wako Tawa directs the Japanese language program in the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College. The program offers a variety of Japanese courses, from beginning to advanced levels. The two main areas of Tawa’s research are writing Japanese grammar from a non-Western grammatical view, and foreign language teaching and learning processes.

Call for Proposals

We invite researchers and practitioners to present their work at the 34th annual JLTANE conference. Abstracts should be specific: Include your argument, methods and results of your study, and describe why your research makes significant contribution to the field.

Abstract Format

  • Word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF (.pdf) format only.
  • No more than 300 words in English or 700 characters in Japanese.
  • Your name should not appear in the abstract. The title of the document should be “(Your first name) (Your last name)_abstract”; e.g., James Smith -> JamesSmith_abstract.doc or JamesSmith_abstract.pdf
  • Abstracts can be submitted in English or Japanese as the one used in the presentation.
  • Submissions are limited to one abstract per person as a primary presenter. You may submit more than one abstract as a co-presenter.
  • The time allocated for each presentation is 25 minutes (20 min for your presentation, 5 min for Q&A). All presentations are synchronous.

Please fill out this form to submit an abstract no later than Saturday, March 21, 2021 11:59 p.m. (EST).

Past Conferences


Registration for this event is now open!