The Language Teacher - Issue 42.2; March 2018

Volume: 42
Issue No. 2
Date of publication: March 2018
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In this month’s issue . . .

Greetings and Happy Spring from the still snow-covered Aomori Prefecture. I’d like to thank the editors for giving me this chance to contribute the foreword for this issue of TLT. I joined the TLT team in 2013 and have edited the TLT Wired column since 2014. With every issue, I enjoy bringing timely advice on computer-assisted language learning (CALL) to the readers of TLT while getting to know the wider JALT community. 

This issue includes more research by our fellow language educators who provide suggestions for improving our practices. The Feature Article by Avril Haye-Matsui is titled  “They Were Women and I had a Cool Image About Them”: Female Role Models and Female English Language Majors. In the article, Haye-Matsui demonstrates the positive effects that English-speaking female role models can have on young female English language learners. Following this feature are two engaging Readers’ Forum articles that focus on improving language teacher educational practices—efforts that are vital to the realization of MEXT’s English language learning goals for the near future. First, Anne McLellan Howard’s article, Teaching English for Pre-service Teachers: Principles and Practice Activities, suggests practical activities for improving potential language teachers’ English skills prior to entering service. Then, Brian Rugen proposes training practices for developing teacher immediacy in his article, Developing Teaching Immediacy in Language Teacher Education. Hopefully the research articles in this issue are helpful for our readers who engage in teacher training.

One of my goals for the TLT Wired column has been to provide tools for all language teachers to use in taking their first or latest steps in adding computer-assisted language learning methods to their teaching repertoire. Topics include web-based activities, computer programs, and mobile-based language learning tools and activities. Speaking of mobile-assisted language learning, my recently completed doctoral research demonstrated that Japanese university students appreciate and want their teachers to incorporate their mobile devices into English language classes. I hope that more language educators in Japan will adapt their approaches to English teaching to meet the students’ desires. One way to do this is to learn from those who have already taken the leap into the fields of CALL and MALL. As we look toward the coming summer, there will be many chances for us to come together at conferences to share our experiences and learn from others. PanSIG 2018 at Toyo Gakuen University in Tokyo <> and JALTCALL 2018 at Meijo University in Nagoya <> are two such examples from the many professional development opportunities available to JALT members. I hope to see many of you there!

The Language Teacher is an excellent resource for language teachers and it is only as good as our members make it. I encourage you to share your knowledge and experience with your fellow readers by submitting a research article, teaching lesson activity for My Share, tip for working with Young Learners, Book Review, or column for TLT Wired. The editorial staff—a dedicated and hard-working group of amazing people—are always looking for new submissions and new members to join our merry band. Please consider adding your voice to the chorus of language professionals in Japan. I look forward to hearing from you.

Edo Forsythe, TLT Wired Column Editor


TLTの読者の皆様に、まだ雪深い青森から陽光のご挨拶を申し上げます。今月号のForewordを執筆する機会を頂き、編集者の方々に感謝申し上げます。私は2013年にTLTのチームに加わり、2014年からTLT Wiredのコラムを担当しています。毎号楽しみながら、コンピュータ支援語学学習 (CALL)のヒントを載せています。

今月号も、多くの語学教育者による研究が、授業実践を改善するための提案を行っています。Feature Article は Avril Haye-Matsui による They Were Women and I had a Cool Image About Them”: Female Role Models and Female English Language Majorsです。本研究では Haye-Matsui が、女性の英語話者がロールモデルとして、女性の英語学習者に肯定的な影響を与えることを示しています。Readers’ Forum の2編は、語学教育の実践向上に焦点を当てています。それは、文科省の英語学習の近い将来の目標を実現するために不可欠なものです。最初はAnne McLellan Howardの、Teaching English for Pre-service Teachers: Principles and Practice Activitiesという論文で、実際に教鞭をとる前に、将来性ある語学教師の英語力を改善するための実践的活動を示唆しています。Brian Rugen は、Developing Teaching Immediacy in Language Teacher Educationという論文の中で、教師の近接性(teacher immediacy)を高める教員養成の実践法を提案しています。これらの2つの論文が教員養成に携わる読者にとって有益なものとなれば幸いです。

TLT Wiredコラムの目的の1つは、すべての語学教師に、コンピュータ支援語学学習法を自分達のレパートリーに加えるためのツールを提供することです。トピックとしては、ウェブをベースにしたアクティビティ、 コンピュータプログラム、モバイル機器を用いた語学学習支援の手段とアクティビティがあります。モバイル支援学習と言えば、最近校了した私個人の博士論文で、日本の大学生は英語学習のクラスにモバイル機器の取り入れを望んでいるという結果を明らかにしました。さらに多くの日本の語学教師が学生の要望を受け入れるアプローチをとることを望みます。1つの方法は、すでにCALLやMALLの分野に飛び込んだ教師から学ぶことです。来たる夏に向けて、多くの学会で自分達の経験を分かち合ったり他から学んだりできる機会が多くあります。例として、東京の東洋学園大学で開催されるPanSIG 2018 <>や名古屋の名城大学のJALTCALL 2018 <https://conference2018.jaltcall.or>は、JALT会員の皆様の専門性を伸ばす良い機会になるでしょう。皆様にお目にかかれることを楽しみにしております。 

The Language Teacher は語学教師にとって素晴らしい情報の供給源であり、会員の皆様なしでは出来得ないものです。投稿していただくのは研究論文だけでなく、My Shareには授業のアクティビティ案を、またYoung Learnersには若手に役立つヒントを、さらにBook ReviewやTLT Wiredにも寄稿していただいて、皆様の知識と経験を他の読者と分かち合うことを強くお勧めします。編集チームは、献身的で働き者の素晴らしいグループですが、常に新しい投稿と、この楽しいチームに協力してくださる新しいメンバーを待っております。日本における語学の専門家の合唱隊に皆様の声を加えてくださるようお願いいたします。それに答えてくださるようお待ちしております。

Edo Forsythe, TLT Wired Column Editor 



The Language Teacher

“They Were Women and I Had a Cool Image About Them”: Female Role Models and Female English Language Majors
by Avril Haye-Matsui, Aichi Prefectural University

Teaching English for Pre-Service Teachers: Principles and Practice Activities
by Anne McLellan Howard, Miyazaki International College

Developing Teaching Immediacy in Language Teacher Education
by Brian Rugen, Meiji University

Book Reviews

Understanding Silence and Reticence: Ways of Participating in Second Language Acquisition
by Kate Maher, Kyoto, University of Foreign Studies

My Share

From Words to Symbols and Back Again
by Brian Cullen & Tom Fallon, Nagoya Gakuin University

Lebo-Lebo Game
by Justin Pool, Osaka Kyoiku University

Giving Opinions Rally
by Andrew Tidmarsh, Ehime University

Fluency Squares
by Darin Schneider, Tokai University

Stick Figure Review
by Geoffrey Butler, INTERLINK Language Center at UNCG

SIG Focus

Study Abroad SIG

TLT Wired

Learning Japanese Beyond the Classroom: Recommended CALL Tools
by Mehrasa Alizadeh, Parisa Mehran, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Osaka University; Noriko Uosaki, Center for International Education and Exchange, Osaka University; Chengjiu Yin, Information Science and Technology Center, Kobe University

Writer's Workshop

Strategies for a Successful Grant Proposal: Part One
by Robert Cvitkovic, Tokai University; Max Praver, Meijo University

Young Learners

Two Events for Introducing 21st Century Skills to Young Learners
by Patricia Daly Oe

Teaching Assistance

Assisting University Students with Graduation Thesis Capstone Essays
by David McMurray, The International University of Kagoshima

TLT Interviews

Celebrations and Hurdles: Critical Pedagogy in the Language Classroom - An Interview with Professor Ryuko Kubota
by Colleen Dalton

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