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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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Storch, Neomy – TESOL in Context, 2012
An important aspect of advanced academic writing is the ability to incorporate source material. Yet this ability often poses considerable challenges for international ESL students. Although a number of scholars have called for the explicit teaching of how to acknowledge and incorporate source materials, research evidence on whether explicit…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Academic Discourse, Writing (Composition)
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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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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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Dang, Tan Tin; Robertson, Margaret – TESOL in Context, 2010
Responses of Vietnamese undergraduate students majoring in English to the integration of a Moodle site during an upper intermediate macro-skill course highlight differences in learner autonomy and expectations. Students' general attitudes towards and participation in this online Web 2.0 environment provide the basis for the research reported in…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Undergraduate Students, Online Courses, Technology Integration
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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