• Guidelines for designing and conducting L2 listening studies July 2, 2014
    ‘Readers respond’ is a forum for individuals to contribute their own reactions, perspectives, or experiences in relation to a specific article or articles published in a recent issue of ELT Journal. These views are not necessarily those of the Editor, the Editorial Panel, or the Publisher.
    Cross, J., Vandergrift, L.
  • Reflecting on teacher-student relations in TESOL June 25, 2014
    Research in general education suggests that relationship-building is at the core of quality learning experiences. Yet relationship-building has not received the attention, it deserves from researchers in the field of TESOL where teacher–student relationships of various types are a central component in successful teaching and learning. This article examines t
    Farrell, T. S. C.
  • Blogging a journal: changing students' writing skills and perceptions June 25, 2014
    This article investigates the effects of blogging as an approach to journal writing in the EFL writing classroom by means of a 16-week comparative experiment involving two groups of EFL college students. The experimental group (EG) was required to blog daily while the control group (CG) was asked to do so using traditional pen-and-paper methods. The writing
    Lin, M. H., Li, J.-J., Hung, P. Y., Huang, H.-W.
  • key concepts in elt Authenticity June 24, 2014
    Buendgens-Kosten, J.
  • Action research facilitated by university-school collaboration June 10, 2014
    While Action Research (AR) is promoted as a powerful route for teachers’ professional development, different contextual challenges may arise during the process; teachers may be helped to overcome these challenges with the guidance of external facilitators. Drawing on data from interviews and the teachers’ AR reports, this article explores how two EFL teacher
    Yuan, R., Lee, I.


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EFL Teacher Journeys Conference: Reflection

EFL Teacher Journeys Kyoto

I sit here on the Shinkansen home to Tokyo, the obligatory post-conference beer and bento box at hand. I have just attended the EFL Teacher Journeys conference in Kyoto, part of the Teacher Development SIG at JALT, and it was easily one of the best conferences I’ve been to in a long while. I think . . . → Read More: EFL Teacher Journeys Conference: Reflection

Authenticity as a Continuum

The Authenticity Continuum

In order to develop a more inclusive concept of authenticity, rather than trying for a single definition, authenticity should perhaps be seen as a continuum with various dimensions. . . . → Read More: Authenticity as a Continuum

Upcoming talks and conferences

I've been busy

I have been busy lately. So busy in fact that I still have not written up my report of the lecture I went to see by Jenny Jenkins at Waseda University’s 3rd English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) International Workshop. Coming soon

One of the reasons I have been busy it that I recently completed . . . → Read More: Upcoming talks and conferences

LinguistList 2014 Fund-Drive


Many times I’ve needed the help of The LinguistList, a free online discussion board and virtual community of practice. They helped me get data for my MA and I am sure I will need them for my PhD too. Now they need our help to keep running a free service. I see this as a . . . → Read More: LinguistList 2014 Fund-Drive

IATEFL Harrogate 2014

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Once again I am missing out on IATEFL 2014 in person, but have been able to participate virtually using the fantastic online tools provided by the conference. Today is the last day of the conference, but the online content usually gets more interesting after the conference. Check it out here


The Architecture of Language Reconsidered: Noam Chomsky Lecture


Language is like a hammer. It’s just there for you to use. You can use it to build a house or you can use it to bash someone’s head in. . . . → Read More: The Architecture of Language Reconsidered: Noam Chomsky Lecture

Vizualize Me


This is a great site which takes information from your social networks and builds an infographic. It has a very neat feature in which it shows a world map of the languages you speak and the countries where they are spoken.



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Tokyo CLIL Workshop July 6th 2013, Senshu University

CLIL Japan

This is a quick report on the workshop given at Senshu University last weekend. Many thanks to Stephen Ryan of Senshu for inviting us, to Kay Irie of Tokai University for her enthusiasm and support, and for leading a great panel discussion. We would also like to thank Mr. Tsuchiya at the Language Laboratory at . . . → Read More: Tokyo CLIL Workshop July 6th 2013, Senshu University becomes




Dear valued followers, readers and clients

Recently, due to rather irritating circumstances and a fall-out with my registrar (123-reg) I have had to move my blog to a new domain. As they kept the name and that has now been bought by another company (sigh) I have had to migrate everything to . . . → Read More: becomes



This site, as any regular readers will have noticed, has been a little low on fresh updates for a while. I think I did well to get an interview with Phil Benson all about autonomy up there, but the updates and posts are in no way as regular as they used to be. This is . . . → Read More: Research