Welcome to the NanKyu Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching! Our chapter incorporates the areas of Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima. We promote and sponsor events in all four prefectures, and aim to bring together language teachers from all levels and fields. Have a look around!

Upcoming Events

15 December 2018

The fifth annual Sojo University Teaching & Learning Forum will be held in partnership with the Japan Association for Self-Access Learning (JASAL) on 15 December, 2018.

Recent Events

23-26 November 2018

The 44th Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning & Educational Materials Exhibition will be held at the Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center (Granship) Shizuoka City, Shizuoka, Japan on Friday, November 23, to Monday, November, 26, 2018

Call for presentation proposals:

Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2018 11:59 pm, JST

Shout out to Greg Rammit (Kumamoto Gakuen University) who won the Best Poster Competition at the conference!

15-16 November 2018

11th International Symposium of America-Japan Societies in Kumamoto

(not a JALT-sponsored event)

When: Friday & Saturday, 15-16 November

Where: Hotel Castle BF Crystal Hall 〒860-8565 Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto, Chuo Ward, Jyoto-machi 4-2

Cost: ¥20,000 for both days, ¥12,000 for Saturday only

This event is not sponsored by JALT, but is a good opportunity for those who have an interest in Japan-America relations. Our chapter president will be attending, so if you'd like more information please contact Branden Kirchmeyer at, or visit the Japan-American Societies of Kumamoto website.


10 November 2018

PIGATE Monthly meeting (co-sponsored by NanKyu JALT)

When: Sat, November 10, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Where: Prefectural University of Kumamoto, 3 Chome-1-100 Tsukide, Higashi-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto-ken 862-8502, Japan (map)

Cost: Free

For more details, please visit the PIGATE Blog.

Also, check out our PIGATE page!

PIGATE EVENT (co-sponsored by NanKyu JALT)

Creating and Implementing Interactive Tasks based on Self-Determination Theory - for young learners and the young at heart!

David Ockert's teaching interests are in critical thinking, reading comprehension, and academic writing. He does research on the influence of technology on affective variables (motivation, confidence, anxiety, and willingness to communicate). For this presentation, he will focus on self-determination theory-based EFL motives, as they are interrelated.

David also enjoys creative lesson planning for communicative purposes, using a task-based language teaching (TBLT) approach via the three pillars of self-determination theory: competence (mastery), relatedness, and autonomy. He will show how all three can be easily incorporated into any level of pedagogy, with a focus on the junior high school level in Japan.

When: Sept. 15, 2018, 1:00pm-4:30pm

Where: The Prefectural University of Kumamoto - Administrative Studies faculty building, 5th floor, Seminar room 10

For more information/updates, please visit the PIGATE Blog.

Video Exchange Project: Presentation by Andrew Meyerhoff (Nagasaki)

The project involves video exchange between fourteen first year Japanese University students and a Japanese-Canadian living within the former internment camp, now-turned incorporated town. This town is known mostly as a hotbed for agriculture. The Canadian-based correspondent is an avid horticulturalist, growing self-sustaining fruit and vegetable crops, as well as herbs. Close to half the students in the Japanese student group are Agriculture majors and introduce Japanese crops to the Canadian correspondent and two of her sons through video. In addition, the students learn about internment camp life and a local roadside signage project. The goals of the project are four-fold: raising awareness and motivation for students; fostering linkage between cultures (Canadian, Japanese, Nikkei); cross-cultural content-based learning; empowerment and preservation for Nikkei community through cultural bridges. The platform and other features will be discussed. Come attend this event and learn results to date.

Bio: Andrew Meyerhoff is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia. He has a lived in Japan for 29 years. He has completed TESOL training from Langara College and UBC, along with practicum from the Vancouver School Board, in addition to holding an MEd from Acadia University in Curriculum Studies. He has been an Associate Professor at Saga University for 12 years.

Cost: JALT Members: free

Non-members: 1000 (students free)

Venue: Dejima Koryu Kaikan, 2-11 Dejima machi, Nagasaki City (map)

Feel free to RSVP or drop comments/questions on our Facebook event page:

PIGATE Monthly Meeting (co-sponsored by NanKyu JALT)

When: Sat, July 14, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Where: Prefectural University of Kumamoto, 3 Chome-1-100 Tsukide, Higashi-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto-ken 862-8502, Japan (map)

Cost: Free

For more details, please visit the PIGATE Blog.

Also, check out our PIGATE page!

2nd 2018 JALT Executive Board Meeting

Held at the International Congress Center in Tsukuba, JALT leaders from around the country assembled for the 2nd annual Executive Board Meeting (EBM) to report on the state of JALT and discuss future changes and projections. NanKyu Chapter was represented by our President, Branden Kirchmeyer. Of note, a new SIG was voted into existence: Intercultural Communication. Potential collaborations with other chapters and SIGs were discussed, and strategies for improving members experiences were learned and are currently being implemented.

If you are a NanKyu member and would like more information about this or future EBMs, or are interested in attending an EBM, please contact one of the officers listed here.

Our friendly neighbors in Oita JALT have invited us out to their 'pechakucha' event! The deadline for registering is March 19th. Click on the title for more information including location and contact details.

SUTLF 2018: English Beyond the Classroom

The fourth annual Sojo University Teaching & Learning Forum was a big success. ¥65000 was raised for Randall's charity.

My Share & New Year's Party

Members met in Nagasaki for a My Share followed by a New Year party.