Welcome to the JALT Listening SIG

What is the Listening SIG?

The Listening Special Interest Group (Listening SIG) provides a forum for focused listening research and discussion in specific regard to teaching and learning. The group offers both teachers and researchers a place to connect, collaborate and share practice and research regarding how teachers teach listening and assess their learners, how learners improve their listening and use it to improve their knowledge, and finally how theoretical aspects connect to classroom practice. The Listening SIG aims to be a driving force for both current and future research in the field of how listening can be taught, learned, and tested in an increasingly global context.

Why Join Us?

Joining the Listening SIG connects you to a network of teacher colleagues who are interested in the same research area. Members receive the most current issue of the SIG newsletter, The Listening Post (by email) and can participate in our mailing list. The Listening SIG also sponsors and co-sponsors events throughout the year to help teachers gain experience in collaborating and presenting, and in which members are welcome to participate.

Networks Facebook page – Social Media forum

· Connect with a network of teachers and researchers interested in the area of listening, post research articles, inform of conferences and other events, and discuss/debate topics pertaining to listening.

Website –https://jaltlistening.wordpress.com/

· Post SIG events, discussion/debates, latest articles, past publications, useful websites, and the Listening podcast

Publications – The Listening Post

· To create two official journals per year that publish articles regarding listening theory, practice and integrating other skills.

Newsletter – The Listening SIG e-newsletter

· To create official newsletters quarterly (four per year), publish short articles/reports regarding listening theory, practice and integrating other skills, advertise/call for submissions and presenters at future events.


· Forum at the PanSIG conference (around May).

· One-day Listening Conference (around June).

· Listening forum at the Int’ JALT conference (around November).

Contact us

SIG Coordinator/Publicity Chair: Naheen Madarbakus-Ring (Nagoya University of Commerce & Business, Nagoya)

Program Chair: David Coulson (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto)

Membership Chair: Todd Beuckens (Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu)

Publications Chair: Stuart Benson (University of Aizu, Fukushima)

Please contact us if you would like to become a member of the Listening SIG. We would also welcome anybody who may be interested in becoming an officer or member-at large.

Contact the Listening SIG: listening (at) jalt (dot) org

High Five!

September 2021

Some useful Listening Links

The Listening Post – Call for submissions

If you would like to submit an article to our journal, The Listening Post, then please get in touch. Email submissions to listening@jalt.org

Submissions should be clearly-written, and fully-documented, research articles. Analysis and data can be quantitative, qualitative, or both. Manuscripts are reviewed and evaluated anonymously by members of The Listening SIG and or Additional Reader team, based on reviewer expertise and interest. Papers are evaluated for degree of scholarly research, relevance, originality of conclusions, etc. Submissions should:

• be of relevance to language educators in Japan.

• be blinded (made anonymous for review purposes). See below for more information.

・be 6,000-8000 words for longer manuscripts (including references but excluding appendices)

• be 3,000-4,000 words for short manuscripts (including references but excluding appendices)

• have paragraphs separated by single carriage returns (may be indented), and subheadings (bold, bold-italic, or italic) used throughout for the convenience of readers – not numbered headings.

• have a supplementary file, including the article’s title, the author’s name, affiliation, contact details, and word count at the top of the first page, submitted along with the blinded paper which will NOT be made available to reviewers.

• have tables, figures, appendices, etc. included in the main file in the appropriate places, and also attached as supplementary files.

• have an English abstract of up to 150 words and translated into Japanese (authors are responsible for providing their own translation of abstracts), in the paper and entered into the Online Journal System. *Abstracts are used by reviewers to determine whether they wish to review the paper.

• be accompanied by a 100-word biographical background – NOT made available to reviewers.

• include the DOI for every reference that has a DOI. Preface the DOI with the appropriate HTML header (e.g., https://doi.org/).

• follow APA 7th Edition Guidelines. See below for more information.

The above is based on the submission guidelines for the Language Teacher (http://jalt-publications.org/tlt/submissions) and the Nagoya JALT Journal (https://sites.google.com/view/nagoyajaltpublication2020/the-jalt-nagoya-publication/the-nagoya-jalt-journal).

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