The Language Teacher - Issue 39.3; May 2015

Volume: 39
Issue No. 3
Date of publication: May 2015
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Important Notices

Changes in JALT’s Membership Fees

An explanation of the upcoming rise in JALT’s membership fees is explained in JALT Notices.

Final Columns

With a move to online delivery of information, plus a reformatting of TLT’s content throughout this year, a number of columns will be ending their print publication in this issue.

  • Grassroots Outreach, SIG News, Chapter Events, Chapter Reports, and Conference Listings

New Content

This issue we welcome two new sections to TLT

  • Pre-Conference Supplement: Conference information will now be published in a pullout centre insert in each pre-conference issue of TLT. This enables us to give more timely information right up to JALT2015,

  • The Writers’ Workshop: This is a new column written by members of our Peer Support Group. It offers advice and guidance to new writers. This month, we introduce the column and the people behind it.

More changes and additions will be included in each issue of TLT over the coming months.

In this month's issue

Welcome to the May/June 2015 issue of ​TLT.​ During the graduation season in March, we experienced many farewells. However, as the new school year started in April, though you have probably returned again to your hectic life in either new environments or your old work places, I hope you have already spent some special time with your new students and colleagues.

It has been 4 years since the Great Earthquake hit the Tohoku Area. The reconstruction process seems far from complete. JALT expresses our sincere wishes for the wellbeing of the people in these devastated areas, and asks JALT members to continue their help and support, both mentally and physically. 

In this month’s issue, our Feature Article by ​Zack Robertson, Setting the Bar High: Micro-Level Perceptions of MEXT’s Elementary School EFL Policy, examines the opinions and perceptions of 15 elementary school teachers and administrators regarding the English Education Reform Plan released by MEXT in December 2013. In Readers’ Forum, ​Cheryl Kirchhoff ​shares her qualitative study, ​Global Personnel Development through Study Abroad and Study + Work Abroad, with students’ narratives for growth in English language use, initiatives to take challenges and responsibility, and intercultural learning. Finally, for the JALT2015 pre-conference article, ​Jean-Marc Dewaele from the University of London proposes that emotions are the heart of the foreign language learning process, and reports on some recent work that has investigated the role of emotion in the foreign language classroom, both positive (foreign language enjoyment) and negative (foreign language anxiety). 

As always, we really appreciate the hard work and dedication of all the volunteers at TLT. We hope that you find this issue enjoyable and helpful! 

Toshiko Sugino, TLT Japanese Language Editor 



本号のFeature ArticleではZack Robertson氏が、Setting the bar high: Micro-level perceptions of MEXT’s elementary school EFL policy の中で、「グローバル化に対応した英語教育改革実施計画」の6年間にわたる実施にあたり、小学校レベルでどのような問題があるかを突き止めるため、その実施計画を基にそれぞれの小学校関係者の意見をまとめた結果を考察しています。Readers’ ForumではCheryl Kirchhoff氏が、Global Personnel Development through Study Abroad and Study + Work Abroadという質的研究において、外国で語学学習のみを経験した者と、就業経験を伴う語学留学経験者が書いた文章とを、比較・分析しています。最後に、2015年JALT年次大会のPre-conferenceの論文として、ロンドン大学のJean-Marc Dewaele氏が、On emotions in foreign language learning and use の中で、外国語学習において肯定的感情(例:外国語学習の楽しみ)および否定的感情(例:外国語学習不安)が果たす役割について報告しています。


Toshiko Sugino, TLT Japanese Language Editor


The Language Teacher

Feature Article: Setting the Bar High: Micro-Level Perceptions of MEXT’s Elementary School EFL Policy
by Zack Robertson, Ashiya Town Board of Education

Readers' Forum: Global Personnel Development through Study Abroad and Study + Work Abroad
by Cheryl Kirchhoff, Nagano Prefectural College

JALT2015 Conference Article: On Emotions in Foreign Language Learning and Use
by Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck, University of London

JALT2015 : Pre-Conference Supplement 01

Book Reviews

Globe Trotters: Practical English with Video
by Alex Kasula, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Chapter Reports

Chapter Reports - May 2015

JALT Focus

Perspectives on a Membership Fee Increase, Notice of the First 2015 JALT Ordinary General Meeting

Career Development Corner

A Fresh Start on Career Development
by Michael Parrish

My Share

Possible Self Photo Albums
by Mitchell Fryer, Tokai Gakuen

Introducing Lesson Topics and Content Specific Lexis
by James Bury and Anthony Sellick, Shumei University

Using TED Talks to Build Large-Group Discussion Skills
by Cherie Brown and Carlos Budding, Akita International University

Involving and Motivating Learners Through Dialogue Writing and Role-Play
by Yaser Khajavi, Shiraz University

SIG Focus

SIG News - May 2015

TLT Wired

Form Technology for Language Teachers: How Do You Like Your Monkey?
by Brett Milliner, Tamagawa Gakuen University; Simeon Flowers, Tokai University

Grassroots Outreach

by David McMurray, The International University of Kagoshima

Intercultural Communicative Competence and English Language Education in a Globalized World
by David McMurray, The International University of Kagoshima

Old Grammarians

A Yurukyara that Fits
by Scott Gardner

Showcase & Member's Profile

Filipino Teachers Paving the Way for Montessori Education in Japan
by Cesar Santoyo

Outside the Box

Cōgĭtat Ergo Estis (but that’s ok)
by Adam Lebowitz

Writer's Workshop

Introduction to The Writers’ Workshop!
by Paul Beaufait, Prefectural University of Kumamoto; Craig Daly, University of Glasgow; Loran Edwards, Kansai Gaidai University; Charles Moore, Concordia University; David Ockert, Toyo University

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