Vocab@Tokyo 2016

The Vocab@Tokyo international conference on vocabulary learning and teaching was held at Meiji Gakuin University (Shirokane Campus) in central Tokyo on September 12-14, 2016 in co-operation with the JALT Vocabulary Sig. The conference was the second in the series of "Vocab@" conferences, following the inaugural conference held at Wellington, New Zealand, in 2013. The Vocab@Tokyo conference gathered the world’s top vocabulary researchers to share research and discuss the latest trends in pedagogy.

A poster for the conference can be found here.


First circular (August 7, 2016)

Second circular (August 27, 2016)

Third (and final) circular (September 10, 2016)

Plenary Speaker

Our plenary speaker for the conference was Tess Fitzpatrick from the Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University, UK. The title of her talk was "Profiling word retrieval behaviour: generic patterns and individual differences." 

Tess Fitzpatrick

Tess Fitzpatrick

Tess Fitzpatrick is Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University. She teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in applied linguistics, and directs a distance-learning PhD programme in Lexical Studies, supervising dissertations in vocabulary acquisition, storage and retrieval. Her research interests include lexical processing, second language acquisition, and the development of vocabulary measurement tools. Before coming to Cardiff, Tess worked at Swansea University, and her early career was as an EFL teacher and teacher trainer. Her research is driven by questions of societal and educational concern and she is an advocate of multi-disciplinary research, as exemplified by her recent work with health professionals to enhance mutual understandings in cancer care communication. Tess is currently Chair of the British Association for Applied Linguistics.

Featured Speakers

The following featured speakers presented their work at the conference:
Tom Cobb, Batia Laufer, Paul Nation, Diane Schmitt, Norbert Schmitt, Yukio Tono


Day 2 Evening Event:  "Dinner at Tokyo Bay" (September 13, 2016)
At the end of Day 2, we organized a special "Dinner at Tokyo Bay" evening event at the TY Harbor restaurant overlooking the water of the beautiful Shinagawa Bay area of Tokyo.


Key dates

Submissions open: October 15, 2015 (finished)
Submission deadline: March 31, 2016 (finished)
Notification of acceptance: April 30, 2016 (finished)
Presenter confirmation and start of registration: May 31, 2016 (finished)
Extended abstract deadline: June 30, 2016 (finished)
Preliminary program schedule: July 1, 2016 (finished)
Conference dates: September 12-14, 2016 (finished)

Vocab@Tokyo Organizing Committee:

Rob Waring (Conference Chair), Laurence Anthony (Program Chair), 
Charles Browne and Tomoko Ishii (Co-Site Chairs)