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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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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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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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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
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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
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Pennington, Gill – TESOL in Context, 2009
The power of storytelling is universal. Throughout history, and throughout the world, communities have gathered together their stories as a way of making meaning from their experiences and of making connections between themselves. This paper examines the role stories play in helping us to identify ourselves as cultural beings and it describes how…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Story Telling, Learning Activities, Second Language Learning
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Morgan, Anne Marie – TESOL in Context, 2009
Currently each state and territory in Australia offers its own range of ESOL services and programs, guided by policy and supported by funding from both national, state and territory authorities, with some variations occurring across jurisdictions (government, independent, Catholic). The National Curriculum Board (now renamed the Australian…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning
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