The Language Teacher - Issue 36.6; November 2012

Volume: 36
Issue No. 6
Date of publication: November 2012
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My Share Special Issue

This year’s special My Share edition comes a bit later in the year than usual but I hope you’ll agree that the 14 great activities we have for you in this issue are well worth the wait. Adam Ezard brings math puzzles into the English classroom, Paul Nadasdy adapts a popular board game for classroom use, and Darren Van Veelen has students working with Memoirs of a Geisha to improve their speaking skills. Bruce Lander challenges students with a movie project, and Jack Ryan and Rory Davies have students practicing restaurant reservations. Stephen B. Ryan uses Voice of America in the university classroom, Joachim Castellano offers up communicative activities using photography, and Tim Stoeckel introduces a vocabulary pairing activity. Matthew W. Turner has students simulating telephone calls with voice recordings, Nathan Ducker helps improve students’ internet research skills, and Ian Willey focuses in on students with an eye contact activity. Irene Iwasaki brings romance into the classroom, Ben Humphreys lowers students’ anxiety with a photo activity, and Jason White gets creative with adjective posters. With such a range of exciting activities you’re sure to find something just right for your teaching situation. The My Share special edition will return to its usual time, the March/April issue, next year.
Dax Thomas, My Share Coeditor
Harry Harris, My Share Coeditor
Welcome to the final issue of The Language Teacher for 2012. Did you enjoy attending the 38th annual JALT National conference in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka? We hope the excellent presentations, poster sessions, and forums provided you with stimulating and innovative ideas for your teaching. We all thank those who participated, presented, and prepared for JALT 2012.
In this issue, we have one regular Feature article by Robert Lowe who facilitates L2 use in Japanese classroom by using Task-based Language Teaching. In Readers’ Forum, we have two articles. Ellen Motohashi introduces a new type of self-introduction activity while Elizabeth Wadell and April Shandor explore new concepts on motivation and investigate how the concepts have an impact on their teaching. In Book Reviews, Arthur Lauritsen provides a review of English Explorer.
In this final issue of the year, we say good-bye to our senior coeditor, Jennifer Yphantides, and welcome in David Marsh as the new coeditor. Thank you, Jennifer for your service to TLT and a warm welcome to David. We look forward to having you aboard as coeditor!
We hope you enjoy this issue of TLT and wish everyone a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Emika Abe, TLT Japanese-Language Editor
今年のMy Share特集は例年より少し遅くなりましたが、ここに掲載された14のアクティビティは、待った甲斐のある素晴らしいものだと思います。Adam Ezardが英語の授業に数学のパズルを取り入れ、Paul Nadasdyは人気のボードゲームを授業用に応用し、Darren Van Veelenは、学生の会話力を高めるためにMemoirs of a Geishaに取り組ませています。Bruce Landerは学生を映画プロジェクトにチャレンジさせ、Jack Ryan とRory Daviesは、学生にレストランの予約の練習をさせています。Stephen B. Ryanは大学の授業にVoice of Americaを使い、Joachim Castellanoは、写真を使ったコミュニケーション・アクティビティを提案しています。Tim Stoeckelはボキャブラリーのペア・アクティビティを紹介し、Matthew W. Turnerは音声録音を利用して電話の模擬練習をさせ、Nathan Duckerは、学生のインターネット検索技術を高める手助けをしています。Ian Willeyは、学生のアイコンタクトを使うアクティビティに焦点を絞っています。Irene Iwasakiは授業にロマンスを取り入れ、Ben Humphreysは写真のアクティビティで学生の不安を軽減し、Jason Whiteは形容詞のポスターを工夫しています。こんなに多くのわくわくするアクティビティの中には、きっとあなたの教育現場にふさわしいものがあるはずです。来年のMy Share特集は、例年通り3月/4月号に掲載いたします。
Dax Thomas, My Share Coeditor
Harry Harris, My Share Coeditor
今月号のFeatureでは、Robert Loweがタスクに基づく言語教授法を使った日本のクラス内での第2言語の使用の促進について研究しています。Readers’ Forumでは、Ellen Motohashiが自己紹介アクティビティの新しい方法を紹介しています。そして、Elizabeth Wadell とApril Shandorは、動機づけの新しい概念を研究し、彼らの教授法にどのような影響を与えたかを論じています。さらに、Book Reviewでは、Arthur LauritsenがEnglish Explorer 1を論評しています。
本年最終号では共同編集者の交代をお知らせします。Jennifer Yphantidesが退任し、David Marshが新共同編集者として就任します。JenniferのTLT への貢献に感謝の意を表し、Davidへ歓迎の意を伝えたいと思います。共同編集者としての活躍を期待しています。
どうぞ今月号が皆様にとって役立つものとなりますように。少し早いですが、メリークリスマス! どうぞよいお年をお迎えください。
阿部 恵美佳


The Language Teacher

Promoting L2 Use as a Means of Facilitating TBLT in Japanese Classrooms
by Robert Lowe, Rikkyo University

Moving Beyond Self Introductions to Sharing Self Exploration and Expression
by Ellen P. Motohashi, Dokkyo University

Changing Views on Motivation in a Globalizing World
by Elizabeth Wadell, Diablo Valley College, California; April Shandor, English Center, Oakland, California

Book Reviews

English Explorer 1
by Arthur Lauritsen, Momoyama University

My Share

Math scavenger hunt: Cracking the code
by Adam Ezard, Waseda University Junior and Senior High School

A dynamic and enjoyable game for practicing and reinforcing previously learnt language
by Paul Nadasdy, Tokyo Denki University (TDU)

Hear no movie, see no movie, speak about the movie: A speaking strategy
by Darren Van Veelen, Tokyo International University

The movie project: Movies as a learning resource
by Bruce Lander, Kurume University

Reservation for two please
by Jack Ryan, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture; Rory Davies, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Using Voice of America audio downloads for specific university reading or listening courses
by Stephen B. Ryan, Yamagata University

Training a student’s visual eye: Photography for communicative activities
by Joachim Castellano, Kanda University of International Studies

Fergus matching: A vocabulary previewing activity
by Tim Stoeckel, Miyazaki International College

Using voice recordings to simulate telephone interaction
by Matthew W. Turner, Tokyo Kasei University

Learning to do Internet research properly
by Nathan Ducker, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Impact through eye contact
by Ian Willey, Kagawa University

Love Story
by Irene Iwasaki, Momoyama Gakuin University

My photo: You see it, but can you say it?
by Ben Humphreys, Deakin University

Adjective word wall
by Jason White, Himeji High School

TLT Wired

iTunes U – A free academic resource for students and teachers
by Michael Ernest, Nagoya Communication Arts Vocational College

Old Grammarians

The two-tongued joke
by Scott Gardner

Outside the Box

Searching for a better measure of fluency
by Theron Muller

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