The Language Teacher - Issue 35.1; January 2011

Volume: 35
Issue No. 1
Date of publication: January 2011
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In this month’s issue . . .

As 2011 is upon us, the staff at TLT would like to take this opportunity to wish you a prosperous New Year. We hope 2011 will bring you much success and professional fulfillment. To help start you off this year, we have put together an issue packed with informative articles, lesson shares, interviews and book reviews.

There are two Feature articles in this edition. The first, by Peter Burden, addresses issues of the mechanization of teaching and evaluating at Japanese universities. The second, by Toshie Agawa et al., is a good complement to Burden’s as it examines the various factors which contribute to demotivation amongst Japanese students at the tertiary level.

In the Readers’ Forum section, Steve Fukuda and Naomi Hashimoto discuss how they promoted the development of a more democratic classroom by giving students the opportunity to take more control of their learning. David Penner takes an in-depth look at the numerous linguistic and contextual factors that make reading in English problematic for Japanese students. Mayumi Asaba and J. Paul Marlowe offer tips on using peer assessment in the language classroom and Daniel Dunkley reports on an interview he conducted with John Read about measuring student vocabulary.

The My Share column includes a piece by Azzedine Bencherab on pre-reading strategies. In addition, Darby McGrath provides advice on helping students with citations and references. Matthew Porter spices things up with his conversation lesson on hotel English, and Yukie Saito discusses using TOEIC Part 2 to help students with indirect speech acts. In Book Reviews, John Bankier looks at Reading Explorer 1, 2, 3 & 4 and Julian Pigott reviews English Firsthand 2, 4th edition.

We hope you enjoy what we have for you in this issue and that it will contribute to your professional development in meaningful ways!  All the best for the New Year.

Jennifer Yphantides, TLT Coeditor


今月号には2つの Feature が掲載されています。まず、Peter Burden が日本の大学における指導と評価の機械化の問題点について論じています。次に、Toshie Agawaが日本人大学生の学習意欲減退の様々な要因を調査しています。

Readers’ Forum では、Steve Fukuda とNaomi Hashimoto が、学生に学習をコントロールする機会を多く与えることで、より民主的な教室をいかに作り上げていったかついて論じます。David Penner が、日本人学生にとって英語読解の問題点となる数多くの言語学的、状況的要因を詳しく調べます。Mayumi Asaba と J. Paul Marlowe が、語学授業で学生による相互評価を用いる際のアドバイスをしています。Daniel Dunkley が、学生の語彙力測定についてJohn Read に行ったインタビューを報告しています。

My Share では、Azzedine Bencherab が、プレリーディング・ストラテジーについて述べています。さらに、Darby McGrath は、学生の引用文献と参考文献に関する助言をしています。Matthew Porter は、ホテル英語に関する会話の授業にスパイスを加えています。Yukie Saito は、学生の間接的発話行為の理解促進のためにTOEIC Part 2を使うことを論じています。Book Reviews には、John Bankier が Reading Explorer 1, 2, 3, 4 の書評を、Julian Pigott が English Firsthand 2 (4th edition) の書評を寄稿しています。


Jennifer Yphantides, TLT Coeditor


The Language Teacher

Feature Article: The mechanization of teaching: Teachers’ metaphors and evaluation in Japanese tertiary education
by Peter Burden

Feature Article: 大学生の英語学習における動機減退要因の予備調査—Preliminary study of demotivating factors in Japanese university English learning
by 阿川敏恵, 阿部恵美佳, 石塚美佳, 植田麻実, 奥田祥子, カレイラ順子, 佐野富士子, 清水順

Reader's Forum: Reaching for their own goals: A more democratic classroom
by Naomi Hashimoto & Steve Fukuda

Reader's Forum: Linguistic and contextual factors that affect Japanese readers of EFL
by David Penner

Reader's Forum: Using peer assessment in the language classroom
by Mayumi Asaba & J. Paul Marlowe

Reader's Forum: An interview with John Read
by David Dunkley

Book Reviews

Reading Explorer 1, 2, 3, & 4
by John Bankier

English Firsthand 2 (4th Edition)
by Julian Pigott

Chapter Events

Chapter Events - January 2011
by Michi Saki

Chapter Reports

Chapter Reports - January 2011

JALT Focus

Election Results for 2010-12 JALT National Board of Directors

Positions available: TLT Associate Editor, Proofreaders

Career Development Corner

Advice for hiring committees
by James McCrostie

My Share

Honeymooners: Conversation activities for practicing hotel English
by Mathew Porter

Helping students with citations and references
by Darby McGrath, Kwansei Gakuin University

Using TOEIC part 2 for the instruction of indirect speech acts
by Yukie Saito

Cartoons: A bona fide tool for the pre-reading stage
by Azzeddine Bencherab


The Junior/Senior High SIG: Year17 (?)
by Roger Pattimore, Treasurer

The JACET-Kanto 4th Annual Convention
by Katsuhito Watanabe, Obirin University

Thinking critically about wireless technologies and language learning
by Paul Raymond Doyon, Associate Professor, Utsunomiya University

L’chaim! To life! Louis Levi 1925-2010
by Jack L. Yohay, EFL Coordinator, Seifu Gakuen, Osaka

SIG Focus

SIG News - January 2011

Grassroots Outreach

My Dream: Towards a Methodology for Using Japanese in the ESL Classroom
by Ted Bonnah

Old Grammarians

Sleep, a twin-sized hobby
by Scott Gardner

Showcase & Member's Profile

Member's Profile: Jennifer Yphantides
by Jennifer Yphantides

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