The Language Teacher - Issue 39.1; January 2015

Volume: 39
Issue No. 1
Date of publication: January 2015
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In this month’s issue . . .

39.1 TLTWelcome to the first issue of 2015! We at The Language Teacher trust everyone had a fantastic New Years with family and friends, and have had a strong start on those slippery resolutions. Ours at the TLT is to continue bringing you the best research, practical classroom ideas, and resources that JALT has to offer in one accessible journal. As we enter the year of the sheep, this first issue of 2015 is anything but sheepish, and as you can plainly see, lacking in extraneous fluff. 

To kick things off, we have three Feature Articles to whet your academic appetites. We begin with Teaching Spoken English at Junior High School: A Comparison of TPR and PPP, by Christian Jones, Michelle Lees, Natalie Donohue, and Karen Smith. We then proceed to Masaya Kaneko, with his article titled, Vocabulary Size Required for the TOEFL iBT Listening Section, and conclude our Featured Articles with  Catherine LeBlanc, Investigating High School Students’ Self-Efficacy in Reading Circles. Two articles from Readers’ Forum also grace this issue for the curious intellect: Developing Collaborative Learning when Teaching TOEFL iBT Classes, by Glenn Davies, and Robert Lowe’s Cram Schools in Japan: The Need for Research. In Book Reviews, Edward Van Der Aar offers first-hand insights into Weaving it Together 1: Connecting Reading and Writing 3rd Edition.

The My Share column brings us four excellent classroom ideas sure to foster creativity and discovery. Shaun Iwasawa introduces an effective method, incorporating the timeless game, rock-paper-scissors, to encourage conversations. Dillon Hicks uses discussion and video in order to draw attention to grammatical functions and to increase fluency. Jin Ha Woo utilizes student smartphones to develop business English research skills, and Gary Wolff motivates students through English songs. 

At TLT, volunteers keep the operation running smoothly from the submission process, to your mailbox. We are always looking for the motivated and reliable to step up and help arm the readership with the latest ideas in language learning. If you just felt a tingle in your sense of service, and would like to contribute to the team of volunteers at TLT, check the call for volunteers notice in this issue and get in contact. We offer training and opportunities in copyediting, proofreading, column editing, submission reviewing, and cross training for those interested in the nuts-and-bolts of magazine production. 

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John Wolfgang Roberts, TLT Coeditor   

2015年新年号にようこそ。TLTスタッフ一同、新年の誓いと共に、皆様がご家族や友人と素晴らしい新年を迎えられたと信じております。TLTはJALTの1つのまとまった機関誌として、優れた研究、実践的授業のアイディアを提供し、皆様の情報源となるよう、引き続き努力していくことを誓います。2015年は羊年ですが、今月号は羊のようにフワフワしたものではなく、かなり充実した内容だとおわかりになるでしょう。

今月号は良い刺激となる3つのFeatureで始まっています。1つ目はChristian Jones, Michelle Lees, Natalie Donohue, and Karen SmithによるTeaching Spoken English at Junior High School: A Comparison of TPR and PPPで、2つ目はMasaya KanekoのVocabulary Size Required for the TOEFL iBT Listening Sectionで、最後にCatherine LeBlancのInvestigating High School Students’ Self-Efficacy in Reading Circlesとなっています。Reader’s Forum として、Glenn DaviesのDeveloping Collaborative Learning when Teaching TOEFL iBT Classes、Robert Lowe のCram Schools in Japan: The Need for Researchが今月号を興味深いものにしています。Book ReviewではEdward Van Der Aar がWeaving it Together 1: Connecting Reading and Writing 3rd Editionについて洞察力のある論評をしています。

My Share では、創造力と発見を促すような4つの素晴らしい授業のアイディアを紹介しています。Shaun Iwasawaはゲームと会話を結びつけた効果的な方法、Dillon Hicks は文法機能を注視し流暢さを高めるためにディスカッションとビデオを使い、Jin Ha Woo はビジネス英語研究能力を伸ばすために生徒のスマートフォンを利用し、Gary Wolff は英語の歌を使って生徒のやる気を促すというアイディアです。

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(新年あけましておめでとうございます)

John Wolfgang Roberts, TLT Coeditor   

 

Contents


The Language Teacher

Teaching Spoken English at Junior High School: A Comparison of TPR and PPP
by Christian Jones, University of Central Lancashire; Michelle Lees, Oita JET Programme; Natalie Donohue, Bilkent University; Karen Smith, University of Central Lancashire

Vocabulary Size Required for the TOEFL iBT Listening Section
by Masaya Kaneko, Tokyo Denki University in Saitama, Japan

Investigating High School Students’ Self-Efficacy in Reading Circles
by Catherine LeBlanc, Kwansei Gakuin University

Developing Collaborative Learning When Teaching TOEFL iBT Classes
by Glenn Davies, Temple University, Japan Campus

Cram Schools in Japan: The Need for Research
by Robert J. Lowe, Rikkyo University

Book Reviews

Weaving it Together 1: Connecting Reading and Writing 3rd Edition
by Edward Van Der Aar

Chapter Reports

Chapter Reports - January 2015

JALT Focus

Welcome to the New JALT Board of Directors
by Ted O’Neill, Director of Public Relations

Career Development Corner

Fall down seven times, get up eight
by Michael Parrish

My Share

A More Effective Way to Induce Conversation
by Shaun Iwasawa, Kaichi Gakuen

Supported Dictation: The Combination of Discussion, Autonomy, and Video
by Dillon Hicks, Kinki University, Kwansei Gakuin University, Shitennoji University, and Himeji Dokkyo University

Using Smartphones for Business English Tasks
by Jin Ha Woo, Hitotsubashi University

The Motivating Magic of Songs in the EFL Classroom
by Gary J. Wolff, Meiji University

SIG Focus

SIG News - January 2015

TLT Wired

Using Send to Dropbox to Submit Audio Recordings from Mobile Phones
by Richard Hawking, J. F. Oberlin University

Grassroots Outreach

Haiku in Death and Rebirth
by David McMurray, The International University of Kagoshima

Old Grammarians

How English Pwned the World
by Scott Gardner

Showcase & Member's Profile

Mitchell Fryer
by Mitchell Fryer

Outside the Box

To the Land of the Rising Sun: My Journey
by Sam Nfor

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