• Trouble in paradise: Self-assessment and the Tao December 18, 2014
    In this article I outline how and why I have established a self-assessment system for class participation scores in an English-speaking skills course at a Japanese university. I explain how my experience with one particular student, who personally admitted to having abused the system, led me to realize that elements from Yin and Yang have […]
    Pinner, R.
  • The impact of second language proficiency in dyadic peer feedback December 15, 2014
    Peer feedback is widely used in second and foreign language writing contexts. While second language (L2) proficiency is likely to be an important factor in determining peers’ ability to give and utilize feedback, its contribution has been relatively under-researched. In the present study, 54 undergraduates in a foreign language writing context gave and received feedback […]
    Allen, D., Mills, A.
  • Understanding the development of Chinese EFL learners' email literacy through Exploratory Practice December 15, 2014
    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.
  • The effects of textual enhancement type on L2 form recognition and reading comprehension in Spanish December 15, 2014
    Previous research investigating the effectiveness of textual enhancement as a tool to draw adult second language (L2) learners’ attention to the targeted linguistic form has consistently produced mixed results. This article examines how L2 form recognition and reading comprehension are affected by different types of textual enhancement. Participants (n = 109) in the experimental group […]
    LaBrozzi, R. M.
  • Retention of new words: Quantity of encounters, quality of task, and degree of knowledge December 15, 2014
    We examined how learning new second language (L2) words was affected by three ‘task type’ conditions (reading only, reading with a dictionary, reading and word focused exercises), three ‘number of encounters’ conditions and their combinations. Three groups of L2 learners (n = 185) were exposed to 30 target words (one group in each task condition) […]
    Laufer, B., Rozovski-Roitblat, B.


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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

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