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Gorsuch, Greta – TESL-EJ, 2012
In the early heyday of ITA education, English as a second language (ESL) educators played a key role in defining three basic learning needs for ITAs: Language, teaching, and culture. Of this model, culture is the most broadly defined and least developed component. It was predicted by some, apparently on the basis of nationality, that ITAs would…
Descriptors: Teaching Styles, Initial Teaching Alphabet, Foreign Countries, Teaching Experience
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Nayar, P. Bhaskaran – TESL-EJ, 2008
This article overviews the status, ecology, use, and the teaching/learning of English in the southern Indian state of Kerala. It does so along two overlapping dimensions. A socio-demographic dimension situates the ecology of English in Kerala in the general Indian context, and relates it to the ethno-linguistic identity of Kerala. A second applied…
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Ecology, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Rubdy, Rani – TESL-EJ, 2008
Much of curriculum innovation in English language teaching in the context of former colonial countries has been derivative rather than generative, imitative rather than self-initiated or self-regulatory. This trend is in part the result of historical exigencies that made the importation of ELT approaches, methods, and techniques for classroom…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Fonken, Gael – TESL-EJ, 2008
This ethnographic reflection foregrounds the efforts a K-12 English-medium (EM) school in Kolkata is making to pull EM schooling more fully into India's multilingual ethos. By focusing on the special needs of a small group of struggling working-class girls, the successes of the majority of working-class students at this school become more visible.…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Multilingualism, Second Language Learning, Educational Change
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Chaudhary, Shreesh – TESL-EJ, 2008
Courses in Spoken English (SE) are yet to be acceptable in Indian universities because conducting session-end tests in SE is assumed to be logistically difficult and academically problematic. This article argues that it need not necessarily be so; session-end tests can be conducted just as in other courses. With voice recording, preferably a…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Networks, French, English (Second Language)
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Swami, Jasti Appa – TESL-EJ, 2008
This article evaluates the efficacy of explicit genre-based instruction by sensitizing the ESL learners to the concept of genre. The main questions addressed are: How does sensitizing ESL learners to the rhetorical move structure of a genre, the communicative purposes of these moves, and linguistic features that realize these moves help them to…
Descriptors: Job Application, Language Attitudes, Writing Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Padwad, Amol; Dixit, Krishna K. – TESL-EJ, 2008
Teacher education seems to exhibit a shift from product-oriented mode to social constructivist, process-oriented mode of working. The emergence of professional learning communities (PLCs) of teachers may be seen as one manifestation of this shift. PLCs are increasingly seen as an effective channel for teacher learning and professional development.…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Language Teachers, Professional Development, English (Second Language)
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Devadason, Iris – TESL-EJ, 2008
This article describes teacher research in an EAP context, teaching English for theology at the United Theological College, Bangalore, India, an international, liberal, and ecumenical institution. Conceptually grounded in the theory and practice of genre teaching, and discourse analysis of large pieces of texts such as the thesis, inspired by…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Foreign Countries, Philosophy, English for Special Purposes
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Saraswathi, V. – TESL-EJ, 2008
Writing for academic publishing is a unique professional challenge. It is enriching and fulfilling; at the same humbling as well as frustrating. In this article I propose to examine the challenge and offer guidelines necessary in the Indian context, where the "publish or perish" syndrome has just arrived. Academics like to publish, but…
Descriptors: Faculty Publishing, Guidelines, Academic Discourse, Periodicals
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Nickerson, Catherine – TESL-EJ, 2008
Many of the textbooks used to teach Indian management students are South East Asian editions of U.S. publications. Although these provide a great deal of information on the business world, particularly in a North American context, outside of India, they do not always meet the needs of either the Indian ESL Learner, or of Indian business and…
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Textbooks, Foreign Countries, North Americans
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Tickoo, Champa – TESL-EJ, 2008
This article is divided into two parts. Part 1 focuses on the events that took place in teaching the class as a whole. Part 2 presents a case study of five learners who, because they had serious problems, both attitudinal and other problems, received special attention and additional support. The study had two main aims. The first was to respond to…
Descriptors: Negative Attitudes, English (Second Language), Writing (Composition), Second Language Instruction
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Lanteigne, Betty – TESL-EJ, 2006
Many English tests based on Western culture are inappropriate for regions where English use differs from that of Europe and North America. In these non-Western settings, it is desirable that English assessments be based on real-world English use. Therefore, identifying tasks of non-Western English language use is a beginning step in developing…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Usage, Semi Structured Interviews
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Piller, Bonnie; Skillings, Mary Jo – TESL-EJ, 2005
This study investigated teacher behaviors, lesson delivery and sequence of content and learning expectations used by K-5 teachers at one school in New Delhi, India. This research brings broader understanding of strategies for teaching English reading and writing to students whose first language is not English. The rationale for the study stems…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Educational Strategies, English Instruction