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Thi Hong Nhung, Pham – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2018
At the implementation level of the national project "Teaching and Learning Foreign Language in the Public-Sector Educational System for the 2008-2020 Period," the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) provided large-scale general English proficiency training for key English teachers and classroom English training for a…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Yin, Zihan – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2018
Linking adverbials are important for creating textual cohesion in both written and spoken English. While there are reference grammar books describing the usage patterns of linking adverbials and studies investigating learners' difficulties in using these cohesive devices, there is little discussion on how to effectively teach and learn them. By…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Form Classes (Languages)
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Van Canh, Le; Renandya, Willy A. – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
How does teachers' target language proficiency correlate with their ability to use the target language effectively in order to provide optimal learning opportunities in the language classroom? Adopting a conversation analysis approach, this study examines the extent to which teachers' use of the target language in the classroom creates learning…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Teacher Educators, Language Proficiency
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Macalister, John – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
In multilingual Malaysia, the place of English has been debated at various times since independence in 1957. An initiative to address concerns about levels of English language proficiency in the country through teaching Science and Mathematics in English was launched in the early 21st century. For some teachers, a trans-national component was…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Preservice Teachers
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Freeman, Donald – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
New conceptualizations of English are challenging traditional norms of what the language is, as well as how it is taught and by whom. These changes, coupled with the expansion of teaching English across the educational spectrum from younger grades to tertiary levels, present challenges to many national education systems. The role of teachers'…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency, Teacher Competencies
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Richards, Jack C. – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
Most of the world's English language teachers speak English as a second or third language rather than as their first language. For many, their level of proficiency in English may not reach benchmarks established by their employers, raising the issue that is the focus of this article, namely, what kind of proficiency in English is necessary to be…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency
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Nguyen, Mai Xuan Nhat Chi – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
This research investigates non-native English teachers' engagement with the native speaker model, i.e. whether they agree/disagree with measuring English teaching and learning performance against native speaker standards. More importantly, it aims to unearth the impact of teacher education on teachers' attitudes and beliefs about…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Native Speakers
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Tsang, Art – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
In view of the considerable and growing number of non-native EFL/ESL teachers across the globe, which has been reported to surpass that of native English teachers (NETs), much controversy has been aroused globally, especially in the Asian context, over issues concerning the language proficiency of these Non-Native English Teachers (NNETs). Further…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Language Proficiency
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Coniam, David; Falvey, Peter; Xiao, Yangyu – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
This study investigates the perceptions of stakeholders on the impact of a high-stakes assessment of English language teachers' proficiency--the minimum language standards Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers (English) [LPATE], which was introduced in 2000. Given that the test has now been in place for 17 years, the study investigates the…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Faez, Farahnaz; Karas, Michael – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
This article provides a review and analysis of current research examining the connection between teacher language proficiency and their self-reported beliefs about their pedagogical abilities. Generally speaking, (English) language teachers require an advanced level of proficiency in order to be successful language teachers, but pedagogical skills…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Dixon, Paul Andrew – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
Dr. Willy A. Renandya is a widely published language teacher educator and TESOL specialist with a particular interest in professional educator development, TESOL pedagogy, and extensive reading and listening. For the past 20 years his work has revolved around working with pre-service and in-service English teaching professionals in the Asian…
Descriptors: Interviews, Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Ghafarpour, Hajar – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
The uniqueness of the Language Classroom and its complexity raises a need for foreign language teachers to develop necessary skills and knowledge to observe, analyse and evaluate their classroom discourse. Hence, interactional awareness of language teachers is an integral part of pedagogical and practical knowledge. In this article, the…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Discourse Analysis, Diaries, Guidelines
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Khany, Reza; Nejad, Ali Mansouri – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
This study examines the relationship between L2 willingness to communicate (L2WTC), L2 unwillingness to communicate (L2UWTC) and the personality traits of openness to experience and extraversion in an Iranian context. The Pearson correlation and descriptive statistics were used to analyse the results from a study with 217 English major students. A…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Structural Equation Models, Communication (Thought Transfer), English (Second Language)
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Harwood, Nigel – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
Although there is an ever-growing volume of research focused on TESOL textbooks (or coursebooks, as they are sometimes known), I argue that the TESOL research community should pay more attention to textbook research in mainstream education, that is, to the work of those scholars who focus on L1 rather than L2 education, given that there is a rich,…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Native Language
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Richter, Kenneth G.; Lara Herrera, Romero – RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 2017
This article reports on the views of selected Southeast Asian and Mexican second language teacher education students regarding the characteristics and pedagogical behaviours of good EFL instructors. A total of 116 participants from Mexico, Brunei, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Vietnam took part in the…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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