The Language Teacher - Issue 42.1; January 2018

Volume: 42
Issue No. 1
Date of publication: January 2018
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42.1 TLTIn this month’s issue . . .

Happy New Year all, and welcome to the first 2018 publication of The Language Teacher! First, please allow me to introduce myself. I have been an educator in Japan for nine years now—first in Tottori, then in various locations in the Kansai region. I have been afforded the amazing opportunity of working with the TLT staff and all of the passionate teachers who submit their work to the journal. I am honored to be a part of it. Of course, with the new year comes new resolutions, and we at TLT resolve to keep giving you the best research and freshest ideas. Together, we can find new and exciting ways to help our students maintain their own resolve.

Speaking of great ideas and teacher input, I learned a lot from my time at the JALT Annual Conference in Tsukuba last November, and I would like to thank all of the presenters who continued to make it one of the events I most look forward too each year. Here’s to the next one!

Our Features Article this issue is by Takaaki Hiratsuka. In the article, Narrative Frames as a Course Evaluation Instrument, he questions the use of student feedback questionnaires and presents an alternative that might better help students reflect on their course. Over in the Readers’ Forum, Yuichi Tagane, Naeko Nagamura, and Patrick Dougherty present the inside scoop on the ways some students manage to avoid doing extensive reading in extensive reading courses, and discuss methods for promoting student involvement and enjoyment. Meanwhile, Anthony Sellick presents ideas on how to get more out of interview test practice by making them creative and engaging experiences in his report, Maximising Student Involvement in Interview Tests.

Lastly, I can’t leave this introduction without giving a heartfelt “thank you” to our senior coeditor, Philip Head, who is stepping down from the role with this issue. Philip has been with the TLT for years, and if you’ve enjoyed the journal, it’s likely that Philip’s a big reason why. He’ll still be behind the scenes for a while, and we appreciate his ongoing support.

Eric Shepherd Martin, TLT Editor

明けましておめでとうございます。また、2018年度のThe Language Teacherにようこそ! まずは自己紹介をいたします。私は日本で9年間教員をしてきました。最初は鳥取、その後は関西地区のいくつかの教育機関で教えてきました。その間、TLTスタッフや、TLTに論文を投稿してくださる熱意ある教師の方々と一緒に仕事をする幸運に恵まれました。この人々の輪の一部になれたことを誇りに思います。新年の抱負ですが、TLTスタッフ一同、読者の皆様に、最も優れた研究論文や最新の研究アイデアを提供し続けることを決意いたします。また学生の目的意識を継続させることができる新しくてワクワクするような方法を、皆様と一緒に探していきたいと願っています。


Feature ArticleではTakaaki Hiratsukaが、Narrative Frames as a Course Evaluation Instrumentで、通常の学生の授業評価アンケートに対し疑問を投げかけており、学生が受講コースをより良く振り返ることができる代替案を提供します。Readers’ Forumでは、Yuichi Tagane、 Naeko Nagamuraと Patrick Doughertyが、多読コースにおいて、学生が多くの本を読むことを巧みに回避する実態と対策を考察し、学生が楽しみながら読書を続ける方法について論じています。また、Maximising Student Involvement in Interview Tests では、Anthony Sellick が、独創的で学生が熱心に参加できる面接テストの練習方法を提供します。

 最後に、今月号でその役割を終えるsenior coeditorのPhilip Headに心からの感謝を伝えたいと思います。Philipは長年TLTに関わってきましたが、皆様がこの論文誌を楽しんで読んで来られたとしたら、それは彼の貢献によるものが大きいと思います。Philipには、これからも後方から我々をサポートしてくれるようお願いいたします。

Eric Shepherd Martin, TLT Editor



The Language Teacher

Narrative Frames as a Course Evaluation Instrument
by Takaaki Hiratsuka, Tohoku University

Academic Dishonesty in Extensive Reading Programs: Stories and Strategies from Student Interviews
by Yuichi Tagane, Akita International University; Naeko Naganuma, Akita International University; Patrick Dougherty, Akita International University

Maximising Student Involvement in Interview Tests
by Anthony Sellick, Shumei University

Book Reviews

Communicate in English with The Devil Wears Prada
by Gwyn Helverson, Osaka University

English Listening and Speaking Patterns 1
by Allison Kujiraoka, Fukushima Kousen and Iwaki Meisei University

JALT Focus

JALT Board of Directors: Message to JALT Members; New Ams: Veative Company Overview, IELTS , VoiceTube

My Share

Using Drama to Physicalize a Poem
by Chris Parham, Temple University

Distance Dictation
by Mathew Hollinshead, Kanda University of International Studies

Psychic Bingo
by Philip Head, Hiroshima Shudo University

Money Talks
by Jeff P. M. Au, Kogakkan University

SIG Focus

Bilingualism Special Interest Group

TLT Wired

Transforming Pictures into Digital Stories
by Philip Norton, Kyoto Sangyo University

Old Grammarians

What's the Point?
by Scott Gardner

Writer's Workshop

Writing an Academic Book Review
by Tiffany Ip, Hong Kong Baptist University

Young Learners

All That Glitters Can Be Told: Gemology as Content in the EYL Classroom
by William F. O’Connor

Teaching Assistance

An Interview with Yuta Kawamura on Active Testing
by David McMurray, The International University of Kagoshima

TLT Interviews

An Interview with Alastair Graham-Marr
by Jeff Wastila

An Interview with Richard Day
by Cory Koby

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