The Language Teacher - Issue 37.2; March 2013

Volume: 37
Issue No. 2
Date of publication: March 2013
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In this month’s issue . . .

Spring is nearly here and with it comes the start of the new school year. This means it’s time for the annual My Share special issue. In this edition we’ve got a huge variety of interesting activities for you to try out in the classroom. First off, Jodie Campbell gets students using the Internet to research the lyrics of English songs, Masaya Kaneko works on fluency with numbers, Takeshi Ishikawa brings sugoroku into the classroom, and Jerry Miller passes the reins to students in a peer-teaching activity. John Holthouse and J. Paul Marlowe use photographs to aid in creative writing, Daniel Teuber breathes life into the class with a vocabulary–grammar review warmup, Fumie Togano introduces a matching game to reinforce subordinating conjunctions, and Blagoja Dimoski teaches directions using Street View in Google Earth. John W. Roberts helps students write dialogues using pictures of interesting faces, Paul Tanner outlines a useful dictation activity, and Brad Smith gives students tools to improve their research skills. Steve Hampshire promotes listening with a high-speed question activity, William Green uses post-it notes to clarify the writing process, and Oliver Rose wraps up this issue with a writing activity about the teacher’s summer holiday. With such a great range of activities you may find it hard to choose which ones to try out first!

We also have a great selection of articles to help you prepare for the new school year in our regularly featured content. In the Feature article, Robert Stroud tackles the challenge of motivating high school students with task-based language teaching and investigates the factors that make students accept or reject tasks. In Readers’ Forum, Eric Bray and Septina Nur Iswanti outline an intercultural exchange between Japanese and Indonesian students with a Facebook Group, and Jim King interviews Emma Marsden about her work with The Instruments for Research into Second Languages (IRIS) Digital Repository—a truly wonderful resource. Finally, in Book Reviews, Erina Ogawa reviews Read This 1.

We hope you enjoy this issue and find it useful for getting the new academic year off to a flying start!

もうすぐ春の訪れと共に新学年が始まります。同時に、毎年恒例のMy Share特別号の季節でもあります。今回は、皆さんが教室で実践できる興味深いアクティビティをたくさん用意しました。まず、Jodie Campbellがインターネットを使って学生に英語の歌詞を調べさせ、Masaya Kanekoが数字の流暢さの練習に取り組み、Takeshi Ishikawaが「すごろく」を教室に導入し、そしてJerry Millerが、先生の代わりに学習者同士が教え合うアクティビティを紹介します。John HolthouseとJ. Paul Marloweが写真を使用してcreative writingの手助けをし、Daniel Teuberが語彙や文法の復習をかねたウォーミングアップで授業に生命を吹き込み、Fumie Toganoがマッチング・ゲームを導入して従属接続詞を強化し、そしてBlagoja DimoskiがGoogle Earthのストリートビューを使っての道案内を教えています。John W. Robertsが面白い顔をした写真を使って学生がダイアログを書く手助けをし、Paul Tannerが役に立つディクテーションのアクティビティを概説し、そしてBrad Smithはリサーチのスキルを向上させるためのツールを学生に与えています。Steve Hampshireは速いスピードで質問するアクティビティでリスニングを強化し、William Greenはポストイットを使ってライティングの過程をはっきりさせ、そしてOliver Roseは教師の夏休みについて書くアクティビティで、今月号を締めくくります。多岐に渡るアクティビティなので、まずどれから試すか、選ぶのが難しいかもしれません。
また通常のコラムでも、皆さんの新年度の準備をお手伝いするために厳選された記事を掲載しています。Featureでは、Robert Stroudがtask-based language teachingで高校生の学習動機づけに取り組み、学生がタスクを受け入れたり拒んだりする要因を調査しています。Readers' ForumではEric BrayとSeptina Nur Iswantiが、日本人とインドネシア人の学生がFacebook のグループで行う異文化交流を概説します。Jim Kingは、The Instruments for Research into Second Languages (IRIS) Digital Repository という本当に素晴らしいリソースについてEmma Marsdenにインタビューします。最後にBook Reviewsでは、Erina OgawaがRead This 1の書評を寄せています。

Dax Thomas, My Share Coeditor
Harry Harris, My Share Coeditor
Jason Peppard, Coeditor



The Language Teacher

Task-based learning challenges in high schools: What makes students accept or reject tasks?
by Robert Stroud, University of Nottingham

Japan–Indonesia intercultural exchange in a Facebook Group
by Eric Bray, Yokkaichi University; Septina Nur Iswanti, LBPP LIA Semarang Candi, Indonesia

The Instruments for Research into Second Languages (IRIS) Digital Repository – Jim King interviews Emma Marsden about a new online research resource
by Jim King, University of Leicester, UK

Book Reviews

Read This! 1
by Erina Ogawa, Toyo University

Chapter Reports

Chapter Reports - March 2013

JALT Focus

From the President, OGM minutes, PSG information, and new AM intro

Career Development Corner

Collaborate to Improve Your CV
by Mike Parrish & Richard Miller

My Share

Using Google to motivate and teach via English songs
by Jodie Campbell, Kyoto Notre Dame University

Fluency development: Improving number fluency while raising cross-cultural awareness
by Masaya Kaneko, Meisei University

Sugoroku board game facilitates interchange among students
by Takeshi Ishikawa, Rikkyo University

Let the students teach: Peer teaching in a university English class
by Jerry Miller, Yamagata University

Content-based creative writing using photographs
by John Holthouse, Kwansei Gakuin University; J. Paul Marlowe, Kwansei Gakuin University

Revitalizing large classes
by Daniel Teuber, Bukkyo University

A perfect match
by Fumie Togano, Hosei Daini High School

Using Google Earth Street View to teach directions
by Blagoja Dimoski, Tokai University

Memorable faces, memorable English: writing and performance
by John W. Roberts, Aichi University

Productive text dictation
by Paul Tanner, Aichi Bunkyo University

Helping students research and find facts in English
by Brad Smith, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

On the spot!
by Steve Hampshire, Fukuyama City University

Process writing: Making the processes visible
by William Green, Sapporo University

Guess what I did last summer
by Oliver Rose, Ritsumeikan University

SIG Focus

SIG News - March 2013

TLT Wired

Bring the outside world into the classroom with Google Maps
by Brian McMillan, Hiroshima Bunkyo Women’s University

Grassroots Outreach

Why do Japanese learners of English lack confidence?
by Why do Japanese learners of English lack confidence?

Showcase & Member's Profile

Showcase: Adam Murray

Outside the Box

Speech to text software in the evaluation stage
by James W. Henry, III

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