The Language Teacher - Issue 37.1; January 2013

Volume: 37
Issue No. 1
Date of publication: January 2013
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In this month’s issue . . .

Happy New Year! Welcome to the first issue of TLT for 2013. If you are reading this, then we’ve somehow managed to survive the predicted Mayan Apocalypse of 2012, and can all breathe a collective sigh of relief. The New Year is always a time of change, and we have a few changes to announce here, too. First of all, we’re pleased to announce that Carol Begg, who currently edits our Grassroots column, will become our new Associate Editor. Also, we say goodbye to Ted O’Neill, our TLT Wired column editor. Thank you for all your hard work at TLT over the years, and all the best with your new position as JALT’s Director of Public Relations.  Ted will be replaced by Edo Forsythe, whose name will be very familiar to members of JALTCALL. Good luck, Edo! We’d also like to welcome several new members to our production team: Donny Anderson, Michael Holsworth, Glenn Magee, Mary Kiyoko Ohno, and Sadira Smith. Welcome aboard! And a big thank you to all the other people behind the scenes, without whose work hard TLT would not be possible.

We begin the year with another exciting issue jam-packed with a fascinating mix of articles. Firstly, Diane Hawley Nagatomo takes a look at the issues faced by housewives teaching in the cottage eikaiwa business. No doubt, many of these issues will be very familiar to those of us who have ever taught privately. In our other Feature Article, Melodie Cook investigates expatriate English teachers’ perceptions of Japanese university entrance examinations. Meanwhile, in Readers’ Forum, Jonathon Brown discusses the role communicative language teaching plays in raising students’ motivation, Matthew Sung interviews ELT expert Alan Waters, while Marian Wang puts JALT members’ questions on The Comprehension Hypothesis Extended to Stephen Krashen. We also have three great classroom activities to share with you: Jane Lightburn describes a writing project in which students expressed their feelings and ideas about the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, Michael Ernest sets out a fun dialogue memorisation exercise, and Greggory Wroblewski helps his students learn new vocabulary using Anki, a computerised flashcard system. In Book Reviews, Andrew Philpott takes an in-depth look at an innovative student-centred textbook, Scraps.

Traditionally, New Year is a time for reflection on the past year and making resolutions for the new one, and at TLT we all resolve to make our publication better than ever. Enjoy!

David Marsh, TLT Coeditor


あけましておめでとうございます。TLTの2013年初頭号にようこそ。皆様がこの新年号を読んでいるということは、2012年に予想されていたマヤ暦の予言による世界滅亡をなんとか免れて、安堵のため息をついている頃だと思います。新年というのは、いつも変化の時であり、我々もいくつか変化のお知らせをします。まず、現在Grassrootsコラム編集者のCarol BeggがTLTの副編集者になったことをお知らせします。さらに、TLT Wired コラム編集者のTed O’Neillにさよならを言います。Tedは長年TLTのために尽力してくれました。今後は、JALTの広報担当理事として活躍してくれることと思います。Tedの後任は、Edo Forsytheです。JALT CALL会員にはおなじみの人です。Edo、頑張ってください。また、TLT制作協力チームに、Donny Anderson、Michael Holsworth、Glenn Magee、Mary Kiyoko Ohno、Sadira Smithが加わりました。皆さん、ようこそ! また、陰で支えてくれている他の全ての皆さんに感謝の言葉を述べます。皆さんの協力なしにはTLTの発行は不可能です。

今年も様々な素晴らしい記事が満載の新年号をお届けします。まずは、Diane Hawley Nagatomoが、小規模な英会話学校などで教える主婦が直面する問題点について調べます。その問題点の多くは、個人で教えた経験があるかたには、きっと身近な内容であると思います。もうひとつのFeature Articleで、Melodie Cookは、日本の大学入学試験に対する日本居住中の(英語圏からの)英語教師の認識について調査します。一方、Readers’ Forumでは、Jonathon Brownが、学生の動機を向上させる際にコミュニケーションの道具としての語学教育が果たす役割について議論します。Matthew Sungは、ELT専門家のAlan Watersにインタビューをし、Marian Wangは“the Comprehension Hypothesis Extended”に関するJALT会員の質問をインタビューでStephen Krashen に聞きます。また、3件の素晴らしい授業用アクティビティの紹介をします。Jane Lightburnは、学生が2011年の東日本大震災について自分の感情やアイデアを表現したライティング・プロジェクトを説明します。Michael Ernestは、楽しみながらできる会話暗記の練習を提示し、Greggory Wroblewskiは、デジタルなフラッシュカードであるAnkiを使用して、学生が新しい語彙を学ぶのを手助けします。Book Reviews(書評)では、Andrew Philpottが、革新的な学生中心の教科書であるScrapsを詳しく分析します。


David Marsh, TLT Coeditor


The Language Teacher

The advantages and disadvantages faced by housewife English teachers in the cottage industry Eikaiwa business
by Diane Hawley Nagatomo, Ochanomizu University

The multipurpose entrance examination: Beliefs of expatriate ELT faculty
by Melodie Cook, University of Niigata Prefecture

Initiation, preservation, and retrospection: The role of CLT in the L2 motivational process
by Jonathan David Brown, University of Yamanashi

Language teaching methodology and teacher education: Trends and issues—An interview with Alan Waters
by Chit Cheung Matthew Sung, Lancaster University

Dr. Stephen Krashen answers questions on The Comprehension Hypothesis Extended
by Marian Wang, Kobe University

Book Reviews

Scraps (3rd Edition)
by Andrew Philpott, Kwansei Gakuin University

Chapter Reports

Chapter Reports - January 2013

JALT Focus

President’s Message

Career Development Corner

Labour Contract Law Amendments: Recruitment Indicative of Change?
by Damian J. Rivers, Osaka University

My Share

Real life, real English, the Tohoku 2011 earthquake
by Jane A. Lightburn, Aichi Gakuin University

Disappearing dialogue
by Michael Ernest, Nagoya Communication Arts Vocational College

Using computer-based flashcards to introduce and review new vocabulary
by Greggory Wroblewski, The New School University (New York), One World Language Services (Kitakyushu, Japan)

Rejoinder bingo: Getting beyond “me too”
by Eddie Van Der Aar, Okazaki Women’s Junior College


Creativity and collaboration: Introducing the Literature in Language Teaching SIG
by Simon Bibby & Tara McIlroy

The 2012 Independent Learning Association Conference in Wellington, New Zealand
by Vick L. Ssali, Aichi Gakuin University

AILA 2011 Conference Report and World Congress 2014 Preview
by Greg Rouault, Konan University, Hirao School of Management

SIG Focus

SIG News - January 2013

TLT Wired

Jump into The Mixxer
by Edo Forsythe

Grassroots Outreach

Learning haiku in English by way of the heart
by Shanshan Chen The International University of Kagoshima Graduate School

Old Grammarians

Crystal methodology
by Scott Gardner

Showcase & Member's Profile

Showcase: Amanda Yoshida
by Amanda Yoshida

Outside the Box

Methods of teaching English through drama
by Sam Nfor

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