The Language Teacher - Issue 37.6; November 2013

Volume: 37
Issue No. 6
Date of publication: November 2013
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In this month’s issue . . .

37.6 TLTWelcome to the final issue of The Language Teacher for 2013. Did you enjoy attending the 39th JALT Annual International Conference in Kobe? We hope the excellent presentations, forums, and poster sessions provided you with stimulating and innovative ideas for your teaching. We all thank those who participated, presented, and prepared for JALT2013.

In this issue, we have two Feature Articles and three papers in Readers’ Forum. Chika Kojima Takahashi investigates university students’ ideal L2 selves by using a qualitative approach and Takaaki Hiratsuka examines how teachers and students perceived learning in team-teaching classes. In Readers’ Forum, Asami Nakayama, Joanne Hah, and Steve Mann investigate the shortcomings of the follow-up activities offered by a Japanese university to students returning from short overseas programmes, Maiko Nakatake describes challenges and possibilities in a writing center in Japan, and Ted O’Neill talks to ELT expert Scott Thornbury about his experiences as a blogger and author.

My Share has four great activities for you to try in the classroom. Jon Eric Leachtenauer illustrates a grammar activity teaching different verb tenses, Mariko Ogasawara explains an introduction activity based on task-based language teaching, Matthew W. Turner shows a task-based activity using Google Maps, and Samuel Barclay offers a vocabulary activity that encourages students to guess the meaning from context. In Book Reviews, Caroline Bertorelli reviews Thinking in the EFL Class.

In this final issue of the year, we say goodbye to our senior coeditor, Jason Peppard, and welcome in Carol Begg as the new coeditor. Thank you Jason for your service to TLT and a warm welcome to Carol. We look forward to having you aboard as coeditor!

We hope you enjoy this issue of TLT and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Emika Abe, TLT Japanese-Language Editor


今月号では、Featureが2本とReaders’ Forumに3本の論文があります。Chika Kojima Takahashiが質的アプローチを使って大学生のideal L2 selfを調査しています。Takaaki Hiratsukaは教師や生徒がティームティーチング授業の学習活動をどのように認識しているかを検証しています。Reader’s Forumでは、Asami Nakayama、Joanne Hah、Steve Mannが短期海外留学から帰国した学生に対しての日本の大学によるフォローアップ制度の不十分さを指摘しています。Maiko Nakatakeが日本の英語ライティングセンターの問題点と改善の可能性について論述しています。Ted O’NeillはELT専門家であるScott Thornburyにブロガーとして、また著者としての彼の経験についてインタビューしています。

My Shareには教室で使える4つの素晴らしいアクティビティが掲載されています。Jon Eric Leachtenauerが動詞の時制を教える文法アクティビティを説明し、Mariko Ogasawaraがタスクに基づく言語指導法による紹介アクティビティを紹介しています。さらに、Matthew W. TurnerはGoogle Mapを使ったタスクに基づくアクティビティを提示し、Samuel Barclayは学生に文脈から意味を推測するようにさせる語彙アクティビティを提供しています。Book Reviewsでは、Caroline BertorelliがThinking in the EFL Classの書評をしています。

本年最終号では、共同編集者の交代をお知らせします。Jason Peppardが退任し、Carol Beggが新共同編集者として就任します。JasonのTLTへの貢献に感謝の意を表し、Carolへ歓迎の意を伝えたいと思います。共同編集者としての活躍を期待しています。


日本語版編集者, 阿部 恵美佳


The Language Teacher

Ideal L2 self and university English learners: An interview study
by Chika Kojima Takahashi The University of Hawaii at Manoa

Beyond the rhetoric: Teachers’ and students’ perceptions of student learning in team-teaching classes
by Takaaki Hiratsuka, University of Auckland

Challenges and possibilities in tutorials in a writing center in Japan
by Maiko Nakatake, The University of Tokyo

Short courses, impact, and follow up: A case study of a group of Japanese students visiting the UK
by Asami Nakayama, Nagoya Gakuin University; Joanne Hah Sixian, Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore; Steve Mann, University of Warwick

Interview: Talking with Scott Thornbury about blogging, writing, and the academic voice
by Ted O’Neill, Tokyo Medical and Dental University

Book Reviews

Thinking in the EFL Class
by Caroline Bertorelli, Rikkyo University

Chapter Reports

Chapter Reports - November 2013

JALT Focus

From the President, JALT Financial Team report

Career Development Corner

Improving your credentials
by Anthony C. Torbert, Kobe Gakuin University

My Share

Teaching the different verb tenses
by Jon Eric Leachtenauer, Kansai Gaidai University

An authentic introduction based on task-based language teaching theory
by Maiko Ogasawara, Anan College of Technology

Bringing the street into the classroom: A directions lesson with Google Maps
by Matthew W. Turner, Rikkyo University

Two birds with one stone: Introducing vocabulary and encouraging the guessing of meaning from context
by Samuel Barclay, Ehime University

SIG Focus

SIG News - November 2013

TLT Wired

Merging Web 2.0 technologies to create interactive websites for students
by Renaud Jonathan Davies, Lecturer at Bunkyo English Communication Center (BECC) and Hiroshima Bunkyo Women’s University

Grassroots Outreach

In response to Robert O’Mochain: A follow up to “Unscrupulous journal solicitations”
by Howard Brown, Melodie Cook, & John Adamson, University of Niigata Prefecture

From foreign exchange to foreign language teaching: An interview with Masanori Matsumoto in Australia
by Brett Cumming, Aichi Prefectural University

Old Grammarians

Natter matters
by Scott Gardner

Showcase & Member's Profile

Stephen Dalton

Outside the Box

How Sherlock Holmes has made me a better instructor
by Jeroen Bode

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