The 21st International Conference of the Japan Second Language Association The 21st International Conference of the Japan Second Language Association (J-SLA2021)

This conference is scheduled as follows:

21st International Annual Conference of the Japan Second Language AssociationJ-SLA2021

Dates: 23-24, October

Venue: Online format

Invited Speaker: Dr. Heather Marsden (The University of York)



How to register for participation

1. Participants need to become a J-SLA member by 23:59, October

10th, Sunday (Japan Standard Time). At the same time, you need to

pay the annual membership fee of the 2021 academic year. These are two

separate processes, so please do not forget the latter. There is no

participation fee on top of the annual membership fee.

2. J-SLA members will receive an email containing a URL to access the

online venue, before the conference. This email will be sent to your

registered email address.

3. Non-members and previous members who have not paid this year’s

membership fee will not receive the URL and cannot take part in the


Please pay the annual membership fee from the link below (J-SLA

membership page).

J-SLA 2021 (21st International Annual Conference of the Japan Second Language Association) invites applications for the following three types of research presentations:

*Abstract submission is now closed

oral presentations,

poster presentations, and

oral presentations at the Student Workshop (see below).

Please follow the guidelines below to submit an abstract.

1. Membership Requirement

a. All presenters must be members of J-SLA at the time of the conference (presenters at the Student Workshop must be student members); it is not necessary for co-presenters to be members. With regard to J-SLA2021:
<Note 1> At least one member of the authors must be a member of J-SLA by 10th of October 2021; <Note 2> All those attend J-SLA2021 must be members of J-SLA by 10th October 2021; and <Note 3> Visit <> for membership registration.

b. Information on joining J-SLA can be found at the following website: (Membership Registration)

2. Call for abstracts

Abstracts are invited for oral or poster presentations on any theoretical or empirical area of research in second language acquisition (SLA). For more information, refer to “J-SLA Vision Statement” on our website (

3. How to submit an abstract:

Submit your abstract by going to the following website.

J-SLA2021 Abstract Submission Form

The site will open for submissions from 1st June 2021 to 15th July 2021.

Please submit the following two files:

(1) A Word file containing your abstract

(2) A PDF containing your abstract

and follow the Abstract submission procedure below (see 9) when creating these two files. If one of these files is not submitted, the review of your abstract may be delayed.

4. Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 15th July 2021, 11:59pm (Japan Standard Time)

5. Confirmation of submission

After submission, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your submission (a message from google). If you do not, please try again. If you have trouble with submission, contact the head of the reviewing board Yoko Nakano at <y-k.nakano★>. *Please replace "★" to "@".

6. Notification of acceptance: Around the 10th September, 2021.

7. Duration of oral presentations

Oral presentation of papers will be allotted 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation, followed by 10 minutes for discussion).

(Presenters are required to submit an mp4 file and other materials for the presentations by Tuesday 5 October 2021.)

8. Language of presentation: Either English or Japanese

9. Abstract submission procedure

All applicants must follow this procedure to avoid any delay in the review of their abstracts.

(1) Submissions for oral and poster presentations should be formatted in 10.5 pt Times or Times New Roman in English or 10.5 pt MS Mincho in Japanese. The sizes of margins should be 3cm from top, bottom, right and left.

(2) The language of the abstract must be the same as the language of the presentation.

(3) The length of the abstract should not exceed 1,000 words in English or 1,600 characters in Japanese. The title, figures, tables and references are not counted as part of the word limit. The total length of the abstract (including the title, figures, tables and references) should not exceed two A4 pages.

(4) Include the title at the top of the abstract.

(5) Do not put name(s) of author(s) on abstracts, as they will be sent out for blind review. In addition, be sure to anonymize your PDF file by clicking on "File," then "Properties," removing your name if it appears in the "Author" line, and resaving before sending it. (The procedure may vary depending on the version of PDF or computer operating system.)

(6) Include a word count (if written in English) or the number of characters (if written in Japanese) at the bottom of the abstract.

10. Notes

(1) Submission of an abstract for presentation is taken to imply that it has been neither previously presented nor published elsewhere.

(2) No substitute presenters will be allowed.

(3) Authors may submit only one abstract for consideration as a paper for oral presentation. This limit holds for all authors regardless of their status as primary or secondary author. Additional submissions for the Student Workshop or for poster presentations are permitted as long as the contents of each submission are not the same.

11. A Student Workshop will be held in the morning of the first day of the conference. We plan to schedule parallel sessions to accommodate as many presentations as possible. The time allotted for each presentation is 20 minutes, with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. At least one expert in the area will attend each session to promote discussion and to provide advice. Presenters should be student members of J-SLA. Work-in-progress is welcome.

For inquiry or more information, please contact Shigenori Wakabayashi (J-SLA Secretariat) at <>

*Please replace "★" to "@".