The 23rd International Conference of the Japan Second Language Association The 23rd International Conference of the Japan Second Language Association (J-SLA2023)

This conference is scheduled as follows: 

23rd International Annual Conference of the Japan Second Language Association (J-SLA 2023)


Dates: 14-15, October 2023

Venue: Gakushuin University & Online (Zoom)

Invited Speaker: Dr. Heather Goad (McGill University)

Conference Programme 

Conference Brochure  

Abstracts of invited talks

Registration form is here.

All those who plan to attend this conference are required to pay their annual membership fee for FY2023 (from 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024) by the 1st October 2023 (Otherwise, you will not be able to receive relevant conference information). Visit the following website for membership registration.



 ◆ Call for Papers (Abstract submission is now closed.)

J-SLA 2023 (23rd International Annual Conference of the Japan Second Language Association) invites applications for the following three types of research presentations:

-        Oral presentations

-        Poster presentations

-        Student Workshop oral presentations (see below).


Please note that J-SLA 2023 will be held in the following formats depending on presentation type.

1. Oral presentations (Hybrid: simultaneously on-site and online)

※ All oral presenters must give their talk on-site.

2. Poster presentations (On-site only)

3. Student Workshop (On-site only)


Please follow the guidelines below to submit an abstract.


1. Membership Requirement

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-SLA2023:

<Note 1> At least one author of each presentation must be a member of J-SLA by 1st of October 2023;

<Note 2> All those attending J-SLA 2023 must be members of J-SLA by 1st October 2023; and

<Note 3> Visit <> for membership registration.


2. Call for abstracts

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


3. How to submit an abstract

Submit your abstract by going to the following website:


The site will open for submissions from 20th March 2023 to 15th June 2023.

Please submit the following two files:

(1) A Word file containing your abstract

(2) A PDF file containing your abstract

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


4. Deadline for receipt of abstracts

15th June 2023, 11:59pm (Japan Standard Time)


5. Confirmation of submission

After submission, you will receive an automated email confirming receipt of your submission (a message from Google). If you do not receive the confirmation email, please try your submission again. If you continue to have trouble with your submission, please contact the head of the reviewing board Toshiyuki Yamada at <>. *Please replace "" with "@".


6. Notification of acceptance

Around the 10th August, 2023.


7. Notes on oral presentations

All oral presenters are required to give their talk on-site (Gakushuin University). Oral presentation of papers will be allotted 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation, followed by 10 minutes for discussion).


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, Poster, and Student Workshop 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) For Oral presentations, authors may submit only one abstract as first-author. Additional submissions as second- or subsequent-author are also permitted, as are submissions for the Student Workshop or for Poster presentations as long as the contents of each submission are not the same.

(4) Reviewers are asked to use the following criteria, as appropriate, for the abstracts they evaluate.

           A. Importance of research (the contribution this research makes to the field of study)

           B. Clarity (the clarity of hypothesis, main points, discussion)

C. Concreteness (e.g., whether the data is detailed & reliable, whether the data supports the hypothesis)

           D. Organization (whether the abstract is well-organized & coherent)

           E. Overall evaluation


11. Student Workshop

The Student Workshop will be held in the morning of the first day of the conference (on-site only). 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 Koichi Otaki (J-SLA Secretariat) at <> *Please replace "" with "@".