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The Language Teacher - Issue 41.1; January 2017

Volume: 41
Issue No. 1
Date of publication: January 2017
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In this month’s issue . . .

41.1 TLTWelcome to the first issue of 2017! We at The Language Teacher trust everyone had a fantastic New Year’s Day with family and friends, and have had a good start to the year with high hopes. Last year, in 2016, we celebrated TLT’s 40th anniversary. We hope, in TLT’s 41st year, we will continue to be able to offer exciting and innovative articles to you all.

To begin with, we have two Featured Articles to satisfy your academic interests. The first article is by Yukie Saito, High School Teachers’ Cognition of the Policy of “English Classes in English,” and Their Classroom Practice. Drawing on Borg’s 2006 framework, the analysis of interview data shows that teachers’ professional experience of taking part in TEFL or TESOL courses, support from co-teachers, and their students’ positive responses affected the teachers’ cognition and classroom practice.

We then  proceed to Robyn Moloney with her article titled, Being a Kakehashi: A Case Study of the Link Between Teacher Beliefs and Student Engagement who investigates the effect of language teacher beliefs in shaping development of advanced student performance on a Japanese speech-writing task in the Australian senior secondary school context. 

For Readers’ Forum, Contrasting Motivational Characteristics of University Students With and Without Study-Abroad Interests: A Profile Analysis by Chika Kojima Takahashi examines motivational profiles of university students’ interest or disinterest in study abroad within the framework of self-determination theory. We suggest you also take a look at the columns in the JALT Praxis section of TLT, such as My Share and The Writers’ Workshop, for interesting and practical information.

We hope  you find the first issue of TLT in 2017 to be both academically and educationally stimulating. Without the help and dedication of TLT volunteers, we cannot deliver TLT to your mailbox smoothly. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to join us as we are always looking for motivated and reliable volunteers at TLT

Finally, on a behalf of the Japanese proofreaders and translators, we are sorry to report that Ms. Mihoko Inamori is leaving TLT. Her dedication as a Japanese language editor and translator has been much appreciated. Again, we wish you a very happy New Year!

Toshiko Sugino, TLT Japanese Language Editor

2017年新年号にようこそ。TLTスタッフ一同、皆様がご家族や友人と素晴らしいお正月を過ごされ、希望を持って新年を迎えられたと信じております。昨年2016年にはTLT40周年を祝うことが出来ました。31年目の本年も、引き続き心躍り革新的な内容のTLTをお届けいたします。

まず、学術的興味を満たすような最初のFeatureは斎藤裕紀恵氏による『「英語の授業は英語で」に関する高校教師の認知調査と授業実践』です。Borg (2006)の枠組みを参考に分析した結果、教師のTEFLコース等の参加経験、同僚との支援体制、また生徒の肯定的な反応などが、教師の認知と授業実践に影響を与えていると述べています。

2つ目のFeatureは、Robyn Moloneyが Being a Kakehashi: A Case Study of the Link Between Teacher Beliefs and Student Engagement で、オーストラリアの高校で、言語教師の信念が、日本語のスピーチライティングの課題に取り組む語学学習上級者の運用能力向上にどのような影響を与えるか検証しています。

Readers’ Forumでは、留学に対する興味の有無に注目した大学生のL2動機づけプロフィール分析の中で、Chika Kojima Takahashiが自己決定理論およびL2セルフシステムの枠組みを使って、留学に興味のある大学生とそうでない大学生の動機づけに関する違いを調査しました。My Share やThe Writers’ Workshopなどを含んだJALT Praxisも興味深く実践的な情報を提供しておりますので是非ご覧になってください。

本年度最初のTLTが学術的・教育的に刺激になることを願っております。もちろん、熱心なボランティアの方々の助けがなければTLTの刊行は容易ではありません。TLTはいつでもやる気と責任感のあるボランティアを募集していますので、興味がおありになる方は参加をお願いします。最後に和文校正・翻訳者を代表いたしまして、長年日本語編集長と翻訳者として貢献してくださった稲森美穂子氏がTLTを引退されますので、ここに感謝の意を表したいと思います。

それでは改めて明るい未来を予見する新年のご挨拶を述べたいと思います。新年あけましておめでとうございます!!

杉野俊子

日本語編集長

 

 

Contents


The Language Teacher

「英語の授業は英語で」に関する高校教師の認知調査と授業実践 • High School Teachers’ Cognition of the Policy of “English Classes in English,” and Their Classroom Practice
by 斎藤 裕紀恵 Yukie Saito, 早稲田大学 Waseda University

Being a Kakehashi: A Case Study of the Link Between Teacher Beliefs and Student Engagement
by Robyn Moloney, Macquarie University

Contrasting Motivational Characteristics of University Students With and Without Study-Abroad Interests: A Profile Analysis
by Chika Kojima Takahashi, Faculty of Law and Letters, Ehime University

Book Reviews

Conversations in Class, Third Edition
by Peter Hourdequin, Tokoha University

Unlock: Reading & Writing Skills (Level 3)
by Donald Patterson, Seirei Christopher University

JALT Focus

Board of Directors’ Election Results, New JALT Associate Members

My Share

Playing with Perspectives: An Academic Preparation Activity for Creative Thinking
by Matthew W. Turner, Nick Kasparek, Rikkyo University

Who Needs Numbers in Learning Graph Vocabulary?
by Michael T. Sullivan, Linguage Intercom

Interesting Self-introductions
by John Campbell-Larsen, Kyoto Women’s University

TOEFL Instruction Success
by John B. Collins, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Inter-Class Pen Pals
by Benjamin Thanyawatpokin, Himeji Dokkyo University

Recipe for Happiness
by Wei-Ni (Michelle) Chen, Tokai University, Kogakuin University

SIG Focus

Happily Productive in Relative Obscurity—The Plight of the FLP SIG

TLT Wired

An Evaluation of Sony’s Digital Paper as an Academic Reading and Note-taking Device
by Miklos Juhasz, Waseda University

Old Grammarians

A Business Trip to Omagata
by Scott Gardner

Writer's Workshop

Linking Research to Action: A Simple Guide to Writing an Action Research Report
by Tiffany Ip, Hong Kong Baptist University

Young Learners

A Path to Promote Reading Comprehension Part 1
by Mari Nakamura

Teaching Assistance

Try Cram School
by Takuya Mitsushige

Dear TLT

Ideas for Promoting JALT
by Tiernan L. Tensai

TLT Interviews

An Interview with Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa
by John Duplice, Asia University, Tokyo

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