The 29th Central Association of Teachers of Japanese Conference (CATJ 29)


The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are pleased to announce the 29th Conference of the Central Association of Teachers of Japanese (CATJ) on May 21-22, 2022. We are excited to carry on the tradition of bringing together Japanese language professionals from across the US and Canada to network and share their research and ideas on best practices in teaching and advising. In addition, we seek to provide opportunities in which K-12 Japanese language educators can interact with college instructors and exchange ideas regarding the current issues of our shared profession.



The theme of CATJ 29 is “Preparing for Post-Covid Japanese Language Education: Leveraging What We Learned (ポスト・コロナの日本語教育:この体験を未来に繋ぐ).”

Teaching during the pandemic has given us opportunities to learn (rather quickly) a wide variety of technologies and instructional modes to keep learning diverse and engaging, which has yielded both successes and challenges. From asynchronous classrooms, to synchronous, hybrid, and in-person with social distancing, each of us has recognized how difficult it is to build equitable and inclusive education. We hope this conference will be a space where each of us reflects on and shares experiences and ideas about what they learned during the pandemic, and how we can move forward from here. 


Keynote Speakers and Call for Papers

We have invited three keynote speakers, Ms. Ann Jordan (President of AATJ; Laurasian Institution), Ms. Tomoko Takami (President-Elect of AATJ; University of Pennsylvania), and Dr. Shinsuke Tsuchiya (Brigham Young University). We are also planning a roundtable discussion by former learners of Japanese to share their experiences and benefits of learning Japanese in their career. We invite proposals related to the main theme or any topic related to Japanese language education (linguistics, second language acquisition, and pedagogical innovations, amongst others). Presenters will have 20 minutes for their presentation followed by a 5-minute question and answer period. Presented papers will be published in the CATJ proceedings. Please see the Call for Proposals site to submit your proposal. 

The proposal submission deadline is January 17, 2022. If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to Misumi Sadler ( We look forward to virtually seeing you next spring! 


Best regards, 

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign