• Effects of task repetition on learners' attention orientation in L2 oral production February 18, 2015
    Task repetition facilitates learners’ performance, at least temporarily: Since learners are already familiar with the content of the task at the initial enactment, they are capable of focusing their attention on linguistic form during the following enactment. However, the analysis in previous studies treated various aspects of ‘form’ as one package. This study examined learners’ […]
    Fukuta, J.
  • Understanding the development of Chinese EFL learners' email literacy through Exploratory Practice February 18, 2015
    While many empirical studies demonstrate the effects of instruction on enhancing second language (L2) learners’ pragmatic competence (Rose, 2005), few have attempted to gain an understanding of the quality of classroom life in addition to instructional efficacy. Drawing on the framework of Exploratory Practice (Allwright, 2005), the present study examines how intermediate-level Taiwanese students of […]
    Chen, Y.-s.
  • Task-Based Language Teaching: An empirical study of task transfer February 9, 2015
    Since the 1980s, Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) has enjoyed considerable interest from researchers of second language acquisition (SLA), resulting in a growing body of empirical evidence to support how and to what extent this approach can promote language learning. Although transferability and generalizability are critical assumptions for TBLT, there is little empirical evidence that task-related […]
    Benson, S. D.
  • The learning burden of collocations: The role of interlexical and intralexical factors February 4, 2015
    This study investigates whether congruency (+/– literal translation equivalent), collocate–node relationship (adjective–noun, verb–noun, phrasal-verb–noun collocations), and word length influence the learning burden of EFL learners’ learning collocations at the initial stage of form–meaning mapping. Eighteen collocations were selected on the basis of a pretest. They were divided into 9 congruent and 9 incongruent collocations and […]
    Peters, E.
  • The creation and validation of a listening vocabulary levels test January 30, 2015
    An important gap in the field of second language vocabulary assessment concerns the lack of validated tests measuring aural vocabulary knowledge. The primary purpose of this study is to introduce and provide preliminary validity evidence for the Listening Vocabulary Levels Test (LVLT), which has been designed as a diagnostic tool to measure knowledge of the […]
    McLean, S., Kramer, B., Beglar, D.


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Self-Assessment and The Tao

An auspicious observation to start 2015

Happy New Year for 2015!

It was a nice surprise to see that my own article had appeared on the RSS feed from Language Teaching Research as the advance online access is now available! I have had this RSS feed on my blog for several years and now finally I have a paper in this . . . → Read More: Self-Assessment and The Tao

TEFLology Podcast Guest Section on Authenticity


This weeks’ TEFLology Podcast features a guest speaker – me! I was very flattered to be invited by the TEFLologists to their top-secret recording location where we discussed Steven Krashen, Teaching foreign languages at Primary schools and of course authenticity.


Thanks for listening!


The Authenticity Continuum: English Today

English Today (2014) 30(4).

Why authenticity should be represented as a continuum in the EFL classroom . . . → Read More: The Authenticity Continuum: English Today

International Conference on Motivational Dynamics and Second Language Acquisition – Nottingham August 2014 Reflection

Published by Multilingual Matters

Zoltán Dörnyei opens the proceedings

The main thing about the conference was that it was quite focused, intense and engaging. There were about 170 participants and the conference lasted three days. Each day I was travelling by bus to the campus early in the morning and returning late at night, mainly due to the . . . → Read More: International Conference on Motivational Dynamics and Second Language Acquisition – Nottingham August 2014 Reflection

TEFLology (podcast)


This is a quick post to recommend a brilliant new podcast all about Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). If you think that a podcast about TEFL sounds rather dry and boring, you will be surprised at how listenable, upbeat and interesting the TEFLology podcast is. This will become apparent right from the catchy . . . → Read More: TEFLology (podcast)

BAAL 2014 Annual Conference, Warwick

BAAL 2014 at the University of Warwick

This is a quick post, composed between parallel sessions, about the BAAL 2014 conference which I am currently attending. Unlike many of the attendees I am no good at Live Tweeting since I am already multitasking in my own life so much that if I tried I would lose focus on what’s actually happening. However, . . . → Read More: BAAL 2014 Annual Conference, Warwick

English Today

Word Cloud of Word Frequency from my research into authenticity

I am delighted to announce that my piece for English Today entitled “The Authenticity Continuum– towards a definition incorporating international voices” has been accepted and is scheduled for publication sometime in the near future. The piece expands upon the need for a less culturally embedded view of authenticity in language teaching. I am very pleased . . . → Read More: English Today

Anaheim Open TESOL Seminar – Tokyo, 2014

Rod Ellis at Anaheim Open TESOL, Tokyo 2014

I have just attended the Anaheim open TESOL seminar, and I am on the way back, typing madly into my tablet so as to get as much transcribed as possible before I get home because as soon as I get back I have to slip into a yukatta and enjoy the hanabi summer fireworks festival . . . → Read More: Anaheim Open TESOL Seminar – Tokyo, 2014

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