The Language Teacher - Issue 38.5; September 2014

Volume: 38
Issue No. 5
Date of publication: September 2014
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In this month’s issue . . .

CoverWelcome to the September/October issue of The Language Teacher and to the second SIG Special Issue. Before I hand you over to our Associate Editor, let me mention the other great papers and authors we have for you this issue. This issue’s Feature Article is Adoption of the process-oriented writing approach in a Japanese high school classroom by Noriko Kurihara, while in Readers’ Forum there are three articles: Richard White and Mike Guest, Correcting formatting flaws in EFL academic writing: A case study; Julyan Nutt, The use of peer-assisted learning for review presentations in heterogeneous classes; and Daniel Dunkley interviews Anthony Green in Britain’s new language testing powerhouse. This and previous issues of TLT have been packed ones, so I would just like to thank all the volunteer staff—proofreaders, copyeditors, editors, and layout—for all of the extra time and energy they have each put in to get these issues to you our readers. Many thanks and I hope you enjoy reading.

Carol Begg, TLT Coeditor

As I continued teaching English conversation beyond what was supposed to be my “year” in Japan, I started to wonder about methodology and how one could best engage and facilitate L2 learning. The first step was joining and getting involved with JALT, where I immediately volunteered as a copyeditor/proofreader for TLT. As I progressed professionally, becoming more research oriented, I sought ways to combine my background in literature and creative writing with language learning. I discovered two things. The first was that there was not so much out there in the literature about literature and language learning. The second thing was that there was a newly formed Special Interest Group (SIG) called Literature in Language Teaching (LiLT), which was comprised of like-minded lovers of the written word, who were coming together to contribute to the emerging field and the light body of research already out there.   

Regardless of background or academic goals, JALT’s 27 SIGs offer a chance for individuals to join a community where specialized ideas about language learning are shared, published, and built upon. The SIGs are always seeking new voices, fresh perspectives, and dedicated researchers to enhance their respective fields and rediscover the scope of their particular special interest. As such, the SIGs thrive on bringing in new members, and the enthusiasm of these and existing members, to contribute to the ever-developing dialogue.   

This issue of TLT serves to showcase nine of the JALT SIGs, with articles from Neil Addison (Literature in Language Teaching), Anna Husson Isozaki (Critical Thinking), Jason Byrne and Robert Diem (Computer Assisted Language Learning), Bruno Christiaens (Bilingualism), Anastasia Khodakova (Global Issues in Language Education), Sarah Lubold (Gender Awareness in Language Education), Andrew O’Brien (Extensive Reading), Stephen Paton (Learner Development), and Tomoko Ishii (Vocabulary). These articles not only vary in subject matter, but also from theory-heavy to classroom practicality. It’s precisely this sort of richness in diversity of content that we at TLT have tried to capture in this SIG Special Interest Issue and with which we begin our August/September 2014 edition. 

John Wolfgang Roberts, TLT Associate Editor  

TLT9/10月号、そしてSIG特集号へようこそ。本号の優れた論文と研究者についてまず述べてから、副編集長に文章を引き継ぎたいと思います。本号のFeatured Article は、Noriko KuriharaのAdoption of the process-oriented writing approach in a Japanese high school classroomです。Readers’ Forumには3本の記事があります。Richard White と Mike GuestのCorrecting formatting flaws in EFL academic writing: a case study、 Julyan Nuttの The use of peer-assisted learning for review presentations in heterogeneous classes、そしてDaniel Dunkley がAnthony GreenをインタビューしたBritain’s new language testing powerhouseです。本号と前号のTLTは1組になっています。出版に協力いただいた全てのボランティアの方々に、校正や編集やレイアウトに携わってくださった時間と労力に対して、深く感謝致します。ぜひ楽しんで読んで下さい。

Carol Begg, TLT Coeditor

当初予定していた1年を越えて英会話を教え続けるうちに、私は第2言語学習を促進する最善の方法について模索し始めました。その最初の段階としてJALTに入り、すぐTLTの編集スタッフになりました。仕事を進めるにつれて、より研究に気持ちが傾き、私の専門の文学やクリエィティブ・ライテングと語学学習とを繋ぐ方法を模索しました。そして2つの事を発見しました。1つ目は、これまで語学学習と文学についての文献があまりなかったということです。2つ目は、Literature in Language Teaching  (LiLT)という、この新しい分野に貢献し、既存研究の母体となっている文学愛好者の同志から成る分科会(S IG)が新たに作られたことです。


本号のTLTには9本のJALT SIG showcase が掲載されています。Neil Addison (Literature in Language Teaching)、Anna Husson Isozaki (Critical Thinking)、Jason Byrne and Robert Diem (Computer Assisted Language Learning)、Bruno Christiaens (Bilingualism)、Anastasia Khodakova (Global Issues in Language Education)、Sarah Lubold (Gender Awareness in Language Education)、Andrew O’Brien (Extensive Reading)、Stephen Paton (Learner Development)、そして、Tomoko Ishii (Vocabulary) です。。これらの記事は主題が異なるだけではなく、理論中心のものからクラスでの実践まで、多様なものになっています。このように多様性に富んでいることがまさにSIG特集号を形作り、その内容は8/9月号の始まりにふさわしいと言えるでしょう。

John Wolfgang Roberts, TLT Associate Editor


The Language Teacher

LiLT SIG: Teaching ideas in Shakespeare
by Neil Matthew Addison, Tokyo Women’s Christian University

CT SIG: Critical media literacy for learner-empowering news media courses
by Anna Husson Isozaki, Gunma Prefectural Women’s University

CALL SIG: A survey of mobile English language learners
by Jason Byrne, Tokai University; Robert Diem, University of Oregon

Bil SIG: The complicated art of parenting
by Bruno Christiaens, Fukuoka Women’s University

GILE SIG: The content integration project: “Bringing English teachers together to promote tolerance in the language classroom”
by Anastasia Khodakova, Tula State Lev Tolstoy Pedagogical University, Tula Regional English Language Teachers’ Association

GALE SIG: Owning Inclusive Sexuality in the English Language Classroom
by Sarah Lubold, Kanazawa Technical College

ER SIG: Using L1 to get more out of your extensive reading program
by Andrew O’Brien, Kyoritsu Girls’ Junior & Senior High School, Hachioji Campus

LD SIG: Viewing low motivation and competence through a learner-development framework
by Stephen M. Paton, Independent Researcher

Vocab SIG: Re-examining semantic clustering: Insight from memory models
by Tomoko Ishii, Seikei University

Adoption of the process–oriented writing approach in a Japanese high school classroom
by Noriko Kurihara, Kyoto University

Correcting formatting flaws in EFL academic writing: A case study
by Richard White & Mike Guest, University of Miyazaki

The use of peer-assisted learning for review presentations in heterogeneous classes
by Julyan Nutt, Tokai Gakuen University

Britain’s new language testing powerhouse: An interview with Professor Anthony Green, University of Bedfordshire
by Daniel Dunkley, Aichi Gakuin University

Book Reviews

En Scene I (Nouvelle Edition)
by David Taquet, Hakodate National College of Technology

Chapter Reports

Chapter Reports - September 2014

JALT Focus

2014 BoD Elections Notice, Supporting JALT through membership dues

Career Development Corner

Saving and investing for retirement and peace of mind
by Ben Shearon

My Share

Towards an explicit understanding of countable and uncountable nouns
by Stephen Asbridge

Teaching phrasal verbs by narrative chaining using spidergrams
by N. Pratheeba, Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology

Having your say on quotes of the day
by Mike Sullivan, Nippon Steel & Sumikin-Intercom, Inc.

Communicating with students through LINE
by Jin Ha Woo, Hitotsubashi University

SIG Focus

SIG News - September 2014

TLT Wired

iPad whiteboards and the EFL classroom
by Robert Hamilton, School of Global Japanese Studies, Meiji University

Grassroots Outreach

Reflections from Cambodia
by Greg Rouault, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts

Old Grammarians

One wag’s tale of puppy love
by Scott Gardner

Showcase & Member's Profile

The Font
by James Crocker

Outside the Box

Promote Nichikaiwa (日会話)!
by Adam Lebowitz

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