The Language Teacher - Issue 39.6; November 2015

Volume: 39
Issue No. 6
Date of publication: November 2015
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In this month’s issue . . .

Hello, and welcome to the final issue of The Language Teacher for 2015, arriving in your mailbox just in time for the 41st annual JALT International conference in Shizuoka. As always, the conference organizers and volunteers have been working tirelessly to ensure the participants can enjoy the excellent and innovative keynote speeches, presentations, and poster sessions.

In the first Feature Article, “Using speech act sets to inform study abroad instruction,” Joseph Siegel considers the use of speech act sets to inform study abroad instruction and examine pragmatic development of English learners before and after their overseas experiences. Paul Stone, in the second Feature Article, “Video reflexive ethnography as a tool for better classroom practice,” describes an application of ethnographically-informed approaches to discourse analysis that attempts to bring about change in EFL classroom practice.

Moving on to Readers’ Forum, Jenny L. Numadate focuses on what to consider when choosing material for Audio-visual EFL English classes. In the next Readers’ Forum paper, David O’Flaherty argues that peer assessment can be helpful for high school students, involving students in the creation of assessment criteria and the giving and receiving of feedback can be adopted for use in high school English classes in Japan.  In Book Reviews, Matthew W. Turner reviews Understanding English across Cultures and Adam Murray evaluates Choose Your Own Adventure: Mystery of the Maya.

In this final issue of the year, we say good-bye to our TLT senior editor, Carol Borrmann-Begg, and welcome Glenn Magee as the new junior coeditor. Thank you Carol for your dedication and hard work. 

We hope you enjoy this issue of TLT and we are looking forward to seeing you at the conference in Shizuoka. Also, as the year comes to a close, we would like to wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. 

 Toshiko Sugino, TLT Japanese-Language Editor

皆様、2015年最終号のThe Language Teacherへようこそ。本誌は、静岡で開催される第41回JALT年次大会の前にお手元に届くと思います。例年と同様、参加された方々が素晴らしく革新的な基調講演や口頭発表やポスターセッションを楽しむことができるように、開催委員会やボランティアの人たちが懸命に準備を重ねています。

今月号のFeatureは2つの論文を掲載しています。Paul Stone 氏は “Video reflexive ethnography as a tool for better classroom practice” の中で、EFL授業での実践に変化をもたらすために、民族学的アプローチを伴う談話分析を適用する試みについて記述しています。Joseph Siegelは、2つ目のFAで、留学前教育において発話行為セット(SAS)の使用を奨励することと、留学前後における英語語用論的能力、特に発話行為の発達を分析しています。

最初のReaders’ Forumで、David O’Flahertyは、評価基準作成における学習者の参加、フィードバックの相互付与といったピアアセスメントの要素の、日本の高等学校英語授業における有効性について述べています。もう1つのRFで、Jenny L. Numadateは、「オーディオ・ビジュアル英語」の授業で教材を選ぶ際に考慮すべき点などについて述べています。

本年の終わりに向けて、編集者の1人であるCarol Borrmann-Beggが辞められ、Glenn Mageeが代わりに役職を引き受けてくださいます。Carolの長年の功績に対してここの感謝の意を表したいと思います。


Toshiko Sugino, TLT Japanese-Language Editor




The Language Teacher

Using Speech Act Sets to Inform Study Abroad Instruction
by Joseph Siegel, Meiji Gakuin University

Video Reflexive Ethnography as a Tool for Better Classroom Practice
by Paul Stone, Nippon Medical School

Teaching Audio-Visual English to University Students: Factors to Consider
by Jenny L. Numadate, Ibaraki Christian University

Applying the Benefits of Peer Assessment to the High School English Classroom
by David O’Flaherty, Kyoto Girls’ High School

Book Reviews

Understanding English across Cultures
by Matthew W. Turner, Rikkyo University

Choose Your Own Adventure: Mystery of the Maya
by Adam Murray, Miyazaki International College

JALT Focus

Ordinary General Meeting Notice, New JALT AMs

My Share

$1000 Pyramid Game: Using English to Explain and Simplify Difficult Words
by Gerry McLellan, Nagoya Fuzoku Junior High School Affiliated to Aichi University of Education

Collaborative Science-based Projects for STEM Students
by Michael Sharpe, University of Kochi

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

Turning Boring Presentations Into Creative Video Productions
by Lance Stilp, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

SIG Focus

SIG Focus: Global Issues in Language Education SIG

TLT Wired

TESOL’s Electronic Village Online: Helping You Begin CALLing
by Edo Forsythe, Hirosaki Gakuin University

Showcase & Member's Profile

My Journey to Teaching Pharmacy English
by Mark Rebuck, Meijo University

Outside the Box

A Response Protocol for At-Risk Students
by Adam Lebowitz

Writer's Workshop

Creating an Abstract: Informing and Intriguing the Reader
by Loran Edwards, Kansai Gaidai University; Charles Moore, Concordia University

Young Learners

The Three-Stage Literacy Program: A Picture Book Based Unit for Young Children
by Mari Nakamura

Teaching Assistance

Learning the Biochemistry of English Classes in Japan
by Zahir Hussain, Kagawa University School of Medicine

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