The Language Teacher - Issue 39.5; September 2015

Volume: 39
Issue No. 5
Date of publication: September 2015
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In this month’s issue . . .

Welcome to the September/October issue of TLT. In this, the third issue after introducing our new JALT Praxis section, we come to you stronger than ever. Feedback from the readership has been overwhelmingly positive, and we at TLT would like to encourage you to get in touch with column editors if you have particular topics, or a submission, you would like to see in print. After all, our goal, generally speaking, is to promote dialogue within our language teaching community. We thank you for your feedback and for your active participation. 

Our second to last issue of 2015 comes loaded with two Feature Articles: Richard J. Sampson, in “Absorbed Expectations About English Study of Adolescent Japanese Students: Insights to the Ought-to L2 Self”, offers a qualitative study on contextualizing motivation in Japanese Kosen students; and Gilbert Dizon, in “Japanese Students’ Attitudes Towards the Use of Facebook in the EFL Classroom”, explores the benefits of using Facebook as a language learning tool. In the Readers’ Forum, we bring you two articles: first, “The Case Against the Case Against Holding English Classes in English”, by Rintaro Sato refutes the opinion by many teachers who see the MEXT decision to hold English classes entirely in English as inefficient; second, “Suggestions on Self-Evaluation Checklists for EFL Teachers in Japan”, by Akihiro Mikami, argues for incorporating self-evaluation checklists for EFL teachers as part of their professional development. 

To the more classroom-minded reader, we bring four great My Share practical activities by James C. Jensen, Rachel A. Manley, Charles McLarty, and Annie Menard. In Book Reviews, Gary J. Wolff reviews CNN Student News, Vol. 2. In addition, we have new thought-provoking articles in TLT Wired and Outside the Box. Of course, also be sure to meander through our JALT Focus section and see what’s going on in the larger JALT community. 

A hearty thank you to all the volunteers at TLT who work to bring the readers six quality issues a year. From the production team to the column editors and editorial staff, TLT is made possible by volunteers who are energetic and enthusiastic about getting involved and collectively contributing to the acquisition and dissemination of ideas that help keep our professional fields and personal interests lively and energized. At TLT, we are always looking for volunteers who can help us not only run the journal, but take an active role in developing and improving the quality of TLT. If you are interested in getting involved in, copyediting, proofreading, or editing, don’t hesitate to contact us. 

Finally, and certainly not least, a brobdingnagian thank you and Otsukaresama-deshita to Carol Borrmann-Begg, who is completing her tenure as TLT senior co-editor. This being Carol’s final issue, we thank her for all her hard work, and wish her the best with future endeavors. 

Please enjoy what we have to offer here in the September/October issue. 

John Wolfgang Roberts, TLT Co-Editor

Glenn Magee, TLT Associate Editor


TLT9/10月号へようこそ。新JALT Praxisセクション導入以来3号目になりますが、TLTは進化し続けています。読者の皆様から非常に肯定的なフィードバックをいただいていますが、論文や記事を書くことを考えている方は、各コラムの編集者に連絡を取り、ぜひ出版されるようお勧めします。我々の究極の目標は言語教育に携わる人々の会話・交流を推進させることですので、皆様のフィードバックや積極的な参加を感謝しております。

2015年の最後から2番目にあたる本号では、2本のFeature Articleがあり、Richard J. Sampsonが“Absorbed Expectations About English Study of Adolescent Japanese Students: Insights to the Ought-to L2 Self”の中で、日本の高専の学生におけるcontextualizing motivation(文脈化への動機)に関する質的研究を提供し、Gilbert Dizonは“Japanese Students’ Attitudes Towards the use of Facebook in the EFL Classroom ”の中で、語学学習の手段としてのフェイスブック利用の利益について調査研究しています。Readers’ Forumは2本あり、最初に、Rintaro Satoが、“The Case against the Case against Holding English Classes in English”の中で、英語のみで英語の授業をするというMEXTの決定は非効率であるという多くの教師の意見に反論します。次に、Akihiro Mikamiが、“英語教師の成長を促す自己評価チェックリストの提案”の中で、EFL教師のための自己評価チェックリストを専門能力の開発の一部として取り込むよう提案します。

授業のやり方に興味を持つ読者のために、My Shareでは、James C. Jensen、Rachel A. Manley、Charles McLarty、Annie Menardの4氏がそれぞれ、実用的なアクティビティを紹介します。Book Reviewでは、Gary J. Wolffが、CNN Student News, Vol.2を論評します。さらに、TLT WiredとOutside the Boxでは、啓蒙的な新記事を提供します。もちろんJALT Focusを読めば、より大きなJALTコミュニティーについて知識を深めることもできます。


最後になりましたが、本号で担当を終えるTLT Senior co-editorのCarol Bormann-Begg氏に心からの感謝の言葉を捧げます。これまでの貢献に感謝するとともに、これからのますますのご健闘をお祈りします。


John Wolfgang Roberts, TLT Co-Editor

Glenn Magee, TLT Associate Editor 


Correction: In the July issue of TLT, In the JALT Notices column on p. 30, we introduced a new Associate Member, Cornelsen. The final sentence of the article should have read, “Only our local partners, such as Seibido Publishing (which Cornelsen is already working with), have the expert regional knowledge which will ensure the best possible fit between coursebooks and learners.” We apologise for the error.


The Language Teacher

Absorbed Expectations About English Study of Adolescent Japanese Students: Insights to the Ought-to L2 Self
by Richard J. Sampson, Gunma University

Japanese Students’ Attitudes Towards the Use of Facebook in the EFL Classroom
by Gilbert Dizon, Himeji Dokkyo University

The Case Against the Case Against Holding English Classes in English
by Rintaro Sato, Nara University of Education

英語教師の成長を促す自己評価 チェックリストの提案 • Suggestions on Self-Evaluation Checklists for EFL Teachers in Japan
by 三上明洋 Akihiro Mikami, 近畿大学 Kinki University

Book Reviews

CNN Student News, Vol. 2
by Gary J. Wolff, Meiji University

JALT Focus

Report on Membership Fees from the June Ordinary General Meeting

My Share

The Whodunnit Mystery: A Game that Gets Students Listening Actively, Thinking Creatively, and Communicating
by Charles McLarty, Hokkaido University of Information Science

A Pragmatic Activity
by Rachel A. Manley, Kanda University of International Studies

The Regular Past: Teaching Only Two Pronunciations
by James C. Jensen, Aka-Kara English

Educational Bingo
by Annie Menard, Tokai University Foreign Language Center

SIG Focus

SIG Focus: Teaching Younger Learners (TYL) SIG

TLT Wired

Practical Introduction of Tablets as Educational Tools
by David Taquet, National Institute of Technology, Hakodate College

Old Grammarians

Have Button, Will Push
by Scott Gardner

Showcase & Member's Profile

Japan Overseas Education Services (JOES)
by Mitchell Fryer, Tokai Gakuen

Outside the Box

EFL for Special Needs Students
by Adam Lebowitz

Writer's Workshop

Defining the Argument: Developing Thesis Statements
by Loran Edwards, Kansai Gaidai University; Charles Moore, Concordia University

Young Learners

The Three-Stage Literacy Program: Stage 1 Overview
by Mari Nakamura

Teaching Assistance

Reflections on L. Dennis Woolbright’s Classes
by Stephanie Le Marechal, California Language Institute Kindergarten

Dear TLT

Encouraging students to use English outside of class
by T. L. Tensai

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