Welcome to the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) Business Communication Special Interest Group's website. We aim to develop the discipline of teaching English conducive to participation in the world business community, involving all aspects of Business Communication, Business Skills and Business Focused Training. We wish to provide instructors in this field with a means of collaboration and sharing best teaching practices.

We are building something new: bridges between corporate, academic and private Business English teachers. Sharing research, developing teaching methods, and building a community of teachers and trainers who want to study, learn and teach about Business Communication. If we didn't think there was potential to grow this group, we wouldn't be involved. We feel that Business English teaching in Japan, has a strong and developing future. As the importance of Asian markets grow, so will the need for Business English as a lingua franca. Furthermore, we hope that this business driven need for interactive English will also have a knock-on effect on university and school education practices over the coming years.

Forthcoming Events

Each SIG is able to organise and host its own non-vetted forum at the seminar. The time-slot will be 90 minutes, and probably on the Sunday morning. To that end (as the BizCom PanSIG liaison for 2019), I would like to call on anyone interested to submit a proposal for our forum. Whereas the slot is non-vetted by PanSIG, we will still vet (and possibly limit) applications for relevance and consistency within our forum.

Please send any proposal ideas (and short abstract) you have to BizCom (bizcomjalt@gmail.com) by 15 January at the latest. Naturally, the sooner you submit, the clearer an idea we can have of how the slot will run, and how many people will be interested in participating. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

ESP (English for Specific Purposes) Symposium

ESP (English for Specific Purposes) Symposium

Yoko Uchida, Osaka, Japan

September 21, 2019


The JALT Business Communication SIG's 3rd annual conference (“The Spark: Igniting Innovations in Communications for Global Businesses”) which was held at Toyo University's Hakusan campus on September the 8th & 9th 2018 won an Equal Voices in ELT (EVE) award.