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Berry, Vivien; Sheehan, Susan; Munro, Sonia – ELT Journal, 2019
Language assessment literacy has been discussed by language assessment specialists since Davies' seminal 2008 article. Much of this discussion has focused on experts' opinions of what teachers know, do not know, and should know about assessment. This paper reports on a project which aimed to put teachers at the centre of the debate by exploring…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Specialists, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning
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Siegel, Joseph – ELT Journal, 2019
Authentic materials such as TED Talks have become an everyday presence in the ELT classroom, often for practice listening and taking notes. However, teachers can struggle to teach the sub-skills that are involved in notetaking, and instead often simply tell students to 'take notes'. This approach lacks the scaffolding required for the complex…
Descriptors: Notetaking, Secondary School Students, Speeches, Teaching Methods
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Papageorgiou, Ifigenia; Copland, Fiona; Viana, Vander; Bowker, David; Moran, Edward – ELT Journal, 2019
Despite the fact that UK ELT Master's programmes are numerous, diverse, and financially important, very little research has been conducted on whether they deliver teaching practice (TP) or micro-teaching (MT), and on what students' expectations of these modules are. The present paper addresses this gap by examining how many ELT-related Master's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Masters Programs, Teacher Education Programs, Microteaching
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Alshuraidah, Ali; Storch, Neomy – ELT Journal, 2019
This paper reports on the first phase of our research into the potential merits of a collaborative writing/feedback/revision activity. The study compared the quantity and quality of the feedback provided, collaboratively and individually, by adult EFL learners in Saudi Arabia. Our analysis showed that learners provided more feedback, including…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Bai, Barry; Yuan, Rui – ELT Journal, 2019
This study explores 16 non-native English teachers' beliefs and practices about pronunciation teaching in Hong Kong. Drawing on data from the teachers' written reflections and follow-up interviews, the findings suggest that these non-native English teachers understood the importance and goal of pronunciation teaching but appeared unconfident and…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Song, Daeun; Lee, Jang Ho – ELT Journal, 2019
This study examines the relative effects of teacher code-switching and English-only instruction on the vocabulary learning of EFL preschoolers (age 5 and 6), along with their attitudes towards language choices in English learning. Seventy-two young EFL learners were engaged in storytelling activities, either in code-switching or English-only…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Pearson, William S. – ELT Journal, 2019
The number of individuals undertaking IELTS has continued to grow in recent years, standing at approximately 3 million candidates per year in 2016. As a result, this high-stakes, high-pressure test has become firmly entrenched as a global gatekeeping institution, regulating the international flows of people for migration and academic study. This…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Ethics
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Victoria, Mabel – ELT Journal, 2019
The focal point of most investigations into classroom discourse tends to be on the institutionally sanctioned and legitimized on-task exchanges between teachers and students with particular attention to the I-R-F (initiation-response-follow up/feedback) structure. Liminal spaces of interaction such as during the small talk just before the 'lesson…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Kaminski, Annett – ELT Journal, 2019
This article provides a microscopic view of learners' first encounters with multimodal texts in their primary EFL classrooms. It is argued that multimodal texts create opportunities for language development in the primary EFL classroom: they offer different access points for comprehension, invite participation, and motivate repeated practice so…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Elementary School Students
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Ibrahim, Zana; Al-Hoorie, Ali H. – ELT Journal, 2019
Flow refers to a special experience of total absorption in one task. Sustained flow (also known as directed motivational currents) is the occurrence of flow in a series of tasks aimed at achieving a certain outcome (for example improving proficiency in a second language). In this article, we investigate "shared, sustained flow"--which…
Descriptors: Task Analysis, Second Language Learning, Cooperative Learning, Teacher Attitudes
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Moradkhani, Shahab – ELT Journal, 2019
This study explored EFL teachers' perceptions of two popular reflection approaches, namely teaching journal and peer observation. The participants consisted of two cohorts of 10 and 11 EFL teachers who attended separate practicum courses in two consecutive years. Each participant was required to submit five teaching journals and five observation…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Yim, Su Yon; Hwang, Kumju – ELT Journal, 2019
This study investigated the participation and sense of belonging in the local English teaching community amongst expatriate native English-speaking teachers (NESTs). Participation theory was adopted as a theoretical framework. Several types of data were collected, including individual interviews with 10 NESTs, online open responses with 289 NESTs,…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Sato, Masatoshi; Loewen, Shawn – ELT Journal, 2019
Instructed second-language acquisition (ISLA) research endeavours to make positive changes in pedagogical practices. In this regard, there is a recent debate concerning whether teachers are (or should be) willing to engage with research. To investigate the research-pedagogy link, the current case study conducted interviews with 12 EFL teachers in…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Mackenzie, Lee – ELT Journal, 2019
Reflection is an important component of teacher education and forms part of the assessment of candidates on CELTA courses. However, questions remain regarding the level of reflection candidates can demonstrate on the CELTA and how best to assess such reflection. The current study analyses reflective assignments from full-time CELTA candidates in…
Descriptors: Reflection, Writing Assignments, Second Language Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education
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Siegel, Joseph; Broadbridge, James; Firth, Mark – ELT Journal, 2019
This paper helps to address the need for improvement related to the teaching of pragmatic abilities in the ELT classroom. Some of the issues surrounding direct pragmatic instruction are discussed with regard to teachers' and learners' roles and expectations. The paper is part of an ongoing research project that practically applies key components…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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