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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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Creagh, Sue – TESOL in Context, 2014
Teachers are now experiencing the age of quantitative test-driven assessment, in which there is little weight accorded to teacher-based judgement about student progress. In the Australian context, the NAPLaN test has become a driving force in school and teacher accountability. The language of NAPLaN is one of bands and numerical scores and…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Student Evaluation
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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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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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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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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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Thomsett, Janeen; Leggett, Bridget; Ainsworth, Sharon – TESOL in Context, 2011
The action research project entitled "Engaging pre-service TESOL teachers in authentic workplace learning" aimed to enhance the TESOL practicum experience of pre-service teachers in the Graduate Diploma of Education at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. Integrated into the relevant TESOL curriculum unit was the…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Practicums, Research Projects, Action Research
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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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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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