• Can colors, voices, and images help learners acquire the grammatical gender of German nouns? November 25, 2014
    Knowledge of lexical items is arguably the most essential aspect of being able to communicate in a foreign language (Richards, 2000). Many studies have examined effective strategies for retaining the meaning of foreign words, but studies investigating the effectiveness of different methods for the retention of essential grammatical features of those words are unfortunately fewer. […]
    de Oliveira Santos, D.
  • Semantic connection or visual connection: Investigating the true source of confusion November 21, 2014
    It has been repeatedly argued among vocabulary researchers that semantically related words should not be taught simultaneously because they can interfere with each other. However, the question of what types of relatedness cause interference has rarely been examined carefully. In addition, there are disagreements among the past studies that have examined this issue, with some […]
    Ishii, T.
  • The emergent nature of strategic mediation in ESL teacher education August 28, 2014
    This article concentrates on a practitioner-driven approach to teacher education aimed at advancing ESL teachers’ instructional knowledge about writing. Based on activity-centred interaction between a group of Malaysian English teachers and their teacher educator, the discussion demonstrates (1) the emergent, unplanned nature of strategic mediation in teacher education, as well as (2) the evolution of […]
    Kaur, K.
  • Task-based language learning and teaching: An action-research study August 19, 2014
    The creation, implementation, and evaluation of language learning tasks remain a challenge for many teachers, especially those with limited experience with using tasks in their teaching. This action-research study reports on one teacher’s experience of developing, implementing, critically reflecting on, and modifying a language learning task to better address the needs of her students in […]
    Calvert, M., Sheen, Y.
  • Phonetics instruction improves learners' perception of L2 sounds August 8, 2014
    Explicit phonetics instruction can help second language (L2) learners to moderately improve their pronunciation, but less is known about how the instruction affects learners’ perception, even though there is evidence that perception and pronunciation are related. This study provided phonetics instruction to students (n = 46) studying Spanish as a foreign language and measured the […]
    Kissling, E. M.

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TEFLology Podcast Guest Section on Authenticity

TEFLology

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.

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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)

TEFLology

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