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Sumithran, Suma – TESOL in Context, 2018
In a multicultural and settler society such as Australia, perceptions of the cultures and identities of students in the adult EAL classroom may have a significant impact on their language learning experiences. This paper reports on a study investigating how teachers of adult English as an Additional Language (EAL) students in Victoria, Australia,…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries, Language Teachers
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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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Xuan, Pham Thi Thanh – TESOL in Context, 2014
Few studies have focused on the identity formation of non-native English speaking teachers (NNESTs) as legitimate speakers and teachers of English. Drawing on Norton's (2000) poststructuralist theory of identity as a process of struggling and changing, this study examined whether and how Asian international students studying for a Masters in…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Neilsen, Rod – TESOL in Context, 2014
Action Research (AR) is recognised as an effective way for language teachers to extend teaching skills and gain more understanding of teaching, learning and the classroom environment (Burns, 2010). It can also be a useful but challenging experience for trainee language teachers. This paper reports on the experiences of Malaysian trainee primary…
Descriptors: Action Research, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Davison, Chris; Michell, Michael – TESOL in Context, 2014
Assessing English as a second or an additional language (ESL/ EAL) learners in schools is a particularly challenging area for most teachers. With so many students requiring systematic and regular EAL support, all teachers need access to appropriate and useful assessment tools and advice, but most assessment systems are imposed on teachers, rather…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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de Courcy, Michele; Adoniou, Misty; Ngoc, Doan Ba – TESOL in Context, 2014
With the development of the English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) Teacher Resource, the educational needs and outcomes of refugee and immigrant children have been placed on the national mainstream teaching agenda. This new national resource sits alongside a plethora of other resources, known as scales and standards, which have been…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Interviews, Surveys
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Tangen, Donna; Mercer, Louise – TESOL in Context, 2012
This paper describes part of an action research study that was designed to explore the outcomes of an ongoing program in which the participants, a group of domestic and international pre-service teachers and lecturers, worked together in reflective writing workshops. While the primary long-term goal of the program was to develop the intercultural…
Descriptors: Action Research, Writing Processes, Writing Workshops, Foreign Countries
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de Courcy, Michele – TESOL in Context, 2011
As researchers and teachers, we have particular beliefs about the world and how it works, and about classrooms and how they work. Borg notes that "beliefs colour memories with their evaluation and judgment, and serve to frame our understanding of events" (Borg, 2001, p. 187). When already qualified teachers, in a TESOL graduate program, undertake…
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Practicums, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Petraki, Eleni; Hill, Deborah – TESOL in Context, 2011
Learning the grammar of a language is an integral part of learning a second or foreign language. Studies on teacher beliefs, teacher language awareness (TLA) and grammar teaching have reported that the majority of English language teachers recognise the importance of teaching grammar (Borg, 2001; Borg & Burns, 2008). At the same time, many…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Grammar, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Nicholas, Howard; Starks, Donna; Macdonald, Shem – TESOL in Context, 2011
The paper outlines a practical six-hour workshop and assessment activity for students enrolled in a Graduate TESOL/Applied Linguistics program at La Trobe University, Australia. The program attracts teachers from preschool to university contexts from many different countries. The workshop draws explicit connections between in-service teachers'…
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Prior Learning, Program Effectiveness, Teacher Workshops
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Williams, Alan; Setijadi-Dunn, Charlotte – TESOL in Context, 2011
There has been increasing interest recently in the way that additional language learners' identities are affected and changed by their experiences in developing proficiency in another language. In the case of migrants, this is also affected by familiarity with their new country and language, and their transition into life in a new social and…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Familiarity, Foreign Countries, Cultural Context
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Wette, Rosemary – TESOL in Context, 2011
This article examines how four teachers of ESOL selected and used instructional materials in courses for adult refugees and new migrants. To date, scholarly literature on this topic has largely comprised advice about the principles of teaching and second language learning on which materials should be based, and on-going debate about the merits and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Instructional Materials, Foreign Countries, Refugees
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Tour, Ekaterina – TESOL in Context, 2010
In Australia, information and communication technologies (ICT) are a significant element of a multicultural and multilingual society. However, some people (in particular, international students, immigrants, refugees) may experience many challenges because they use technology in English as their second language (ESL) and in a new sociocultural…
Descriptors: Sociocultural Patterns, Multilingualism, Foreign Countries, Criticism
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Wong, Ruth – TESOL in Context, 2010
This paper reports the findings of a case study investigating the taxonomy of question-types in Hong Kong EFL classrooms, their appropriate application by teachers, and the resulting effectiveness in helping students understand the correct lesson objectives. Triangulation was conducted in data collection using classroom observations, teacher…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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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