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Edwards, Viv – TESOL in Context, 2015
In this paper, a series of vignettes is used to explore important current challenges in TESOL. These vignettes are drawn from many different settings, including Bengali-, Pahari- and Chinese-speaking children in UK primary schools, speakers of Aboriginal English in Australia and Chinese teachers of English on courses in Higher Education. A number…
Descriptors: Vignettes, Elementary School Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Cross, Russell – TESOL in Context, 2012
This paper aims to (re)engage ESL with the broader literacy debate, by calling for a better recognition of what literacy means for second language learners within contemporary Australian education systems, and acknowledging the specialist professional knowledge that ESL teachers bring to the mainstream. The literacy debate that has shaped so much…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Monolingualism, Educational Change, Specialists
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Ling, Bernadette; Kettle, Margaret – TESOL in Context, 2011
In second language classrooms, listening is gaining recognition as an active element in the processes of learning and using a second language. Currently, however, much of the teaching of listening prioritises comprehension without sufficient emphasis on the skills and strategies that enhance learners' understanding of spoken language. This paper…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Strategies
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McDonald, Lisa – TESOL in Context, 2010
Recent studies of emerging technologies have shown that mobile phone production now exceeds one billion devices globally per year (Johnson, Levine & Smith, 2008). With a level of production that signifies a shift in the ownership of "networked machines" from institutions to individuals, the broad appeal of portable technologies now offers…
Descriptors: Socialization, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Second Language Learning
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Bianco, Joseph Lo – TESOL in Context, 2010
In this paper I argue that linguistic diversity is one of the most common characteristics of human history, so much so that it could be considered a "natural" characteristic of humanity (Skutnalb-Kangas, Maffi, & Harmon, 2003). Linguistic diversity combines with interaction among human groups and, in this combination, is produced bilingualism (I…
Descriptors: Nationalism, Language Usage, Language Attitudes, Multilingualism
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Dunworth, Katie – TESOL in Context, 2010
This paper describes the introduction and evaluation of a six-month peer mentoring scheme at one Australian university. The scheme was initiated with the primary aim of promoting the English language development of staff who have English as an additional language (EAL), a cohort which includes postgraduate students working as tutors. It was…
Descriptors: Mentors, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Peer Teaching
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Wong, Shelley; Grant, Rachel – TESOL in Context, 2009
This paper argues that violence in society can be reflected in the microcosm of the classroom, primarily taking the form of a range of bullying behaviours, and that TESOL educators can play a role in addressing conflict by connecting individuals and communities through a dialogic approach to TESOL. The article goes on to describe the nature of…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Global Approach, Dialogs (Language), Ability
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Kral, Inge – TESOL in Context, 2009
Public debate on literacy in remote Indigenous Australia emphasises a narrative of failure. The discussion commonly focuses on the low literacy and numeracy benchmarks achieved in remote Indigenous schools. Little attention has been paid to the short history of literacy in isolated Indigenous societies, the shift from oral to literate traditions…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries, Oral Tradition