History of the JLT
The Journal originated in 1967 at the Rand Afrikaans University (now University of Johannesburg) as a bilingual (Afrikaans/English) newsletter of the Association:
Nuusbrief van die Suid-Afrikaanse Vereniging vir Taalonderrig = Newsletter of the South African Association for Language Teaching (ISSN 0250-1244).
The first issue of the journal, now with title Journal for Language Teaching, was published in April 1980. It is sometimes referred to as the SAALT Journal for Language Teaching.
In 2022 the JLT published an online version (eISSN 2958-9320) in addition to its print version (ISSN 0250-1244). The online Journal is hosted by Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service, with articles licensed under an open access Creative Commons License CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
The Journal embraces multilingualism, which is also reflected in its current title: Journal for Language Teaching / Ijenali Yekufindzisa Lulwimi / Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig.