Reaffirming the teacher role within the context of culturally responsive pedagogy:  A case study and relevant issues

by Ourania Katsara University of Patras (Agrinion, Greece) Keywords: quality teaching, instructional clarity, culturally responsive pedagogy, Greek students, English for General Academic Purposes   Abstract The issue of quality teaching has been the subject of educational research, but there is not much empirical support noted in research for connection between quality teaching and the teachers’ […]

Then and Now: A Review of Teaching Listening by Mary Underwood

by Chris Bedwell  National University of Singapore (Singapore)  Underwood, M. (1989). Teaching listening. Harlow, England: Longman. ISBN 978-0582746190, 128 Pages.   Mary Underwood’s book, Teaching Listening (Longman, 1989), has been recommended reading for many trainee and in-service teachers on ESOL Certificate and Diploma Courses. It provides a wide range of practical techniques (also conveniently summarised […]

Incorporating Collocation Teaching in a Reading-Writing Program

by Yang Ying  National University of Singapore (Singapore) and  Jiang Jingyi South China University of Technology (Guangzhou, China)   Abstract This paper discusses vocabulary teaching in tertiary institutions in China and points out the importance of learning collocation in an English as a foreign language context. The authors propose that the teaching of collocation should […]

Teacher Voices: A Virtual Forum for ELT Professionals

by Fenty Lidya Siregar Victoria University of Wellington (Wellington, New Zealand)     Teacher professional development (TPD) is fundamental since effective teaching comes from a teacher who actively constructs his or her knowledge and skills through different means and is reflectively engaged in exploring his or her own teaching development  (Richards, 2002). In the past, […]

Theory to practice: An easy-to-follow book on researching vocabulary

by Feng Teng Nanning University (Nanning, China)  Lessard-Clouston, M. (2013). Teaching Vocabulary. Alexandria, VA: TESOL International Association. ISBN 978-1-93118-597-4, 46 Pages.   The psycholinguistic and corpus-based research concerning the core issue of vocabulary has received significant attention over the past two decades. Although the research on vocabulary cannot be equated with the breadth of research […]

An Interview with Alan Maley: Exploring Creativity in the Language Classroom

by Flora Debora Floris Petra Christian University (Surabaya, Indonesia)   Introduction Prof. Alan Maley has been involved in English Language Teaching (ELT) for over 50 years. He worked for the British Council in Yugoslavia, Ghana, Italy, France, China and India. For 5 years he was Director of the Bell Educational Trust in Cambridge. He worked […]

Choosing the Right International Journal in TESOL and Applied Linguistics

by Willy A Renandya National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)    Abstract Choosing the right international journal for your research paper can be a daunting task and the process may seem complicated. This is particularly so if you have had little or no experience publishing in an international journal. This paper provides practical […]

Second Language Teacher Contributions to Student Classroom Participation: A Narrative Study of Indonesian Learners

by Nugrahenny T. Zacharias Satya Wacana Christian University (Central Java, Indonesia) Keywords:      classroom participation, Asian student silent behavior, passivity, teacher talk, reticence   Abstract One major factor determining student classroom participation is the classroom teachers because they are the ones who control the turn-taking in the classroom. Despite the significant role of classroom teachers, […]

Making Lit a Hit: Using the BRAIN when Teaching Literature in an ESL or EFL Context

by John Daryl B. Wyson University of the Philippines Diliman (Manila, Philippines)   Abstract The Traditional Literary-Critical Method (TLCM) of literature teaching involves rote memorization of interpretations by literary critics and facts about the texts at hand (Afsar, 2011). Such a pedagogical approach can be disempowering since it does not help students develop their reading […]

Get the Picture: Teaching with Multimodal Texts

by Philip McConnell English Language Institute of Singapore (Singapore) Keywords:      visual literacy, teaching writing, oracy, literature   Abstract Our students encounter many texts in their daily lives which combine linguistic, auditory and visual methods of representation. These rich, multimodal texts provide authentic and engaging materials to explore how meaning is created and to help […]