New article in Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics

I am happy to announce the publication an article co-authored by Juup Stelma, Zeynep Onat-Stelma, Woojoo Lee, and myself in the latest issue of Working Papers in TESOL and Applied Linguistics published by Teachers College, Columbia University.

In our article, titled Intentional Dynamics in TESOL: An Ecological Perspective, we put forward a theoretical model that draws on ecological psychology and ‘nativises’ it for TESOL. Central to this model is the construct of intentionality, which we develop, by suggesting and defining key elements of it. For the article, we have also re-analysed data from previous studies by Juup, Zeynep and Woojoo, and -using these data as examples- we show how the model can be used to further our understanding of the settings that the studies describe.

Here’s the abstract of the article:

This paper presents an ecological perspective on meaning-making, conceptualised as developing intentionality and exemplified with reference to three international TESOL settings. The paper draws on philosophical and folk-psychological perspectives on intentionality, including Searle’s (1983) distinction between intrinsic (individual) and derived (social) forms of intentionality and Young, DePalma and Garrett’s (2002) modelling of intentional dynamics in educational settings. The paper illustrates the analytical affordances of the perspective through sample analyses of intentional dynamics found in three international TESOL settings. This includes: (i) young learners’ interpretations of love and marriage in a joint writing task in a Norwegian primary L2 classroom, (ii) a Turkish teacher’s first experience of teaching English to young learners, and (iii) the impact of the English as the global language phenomenon on the teaching of English to young learners in South Korea. The paper concludes that explorations of intentional dynamics on different levels of language education activities can enhance our ecological understanding of the cognitive, social and political dimensions of TESOL.

The full citation (in APA format) is: Stelma, J., Onat-Stelma, Z., Lee, W. and Kostoulas, A. (2015). Intentional Dynamics in TESOL: An Ecological Perspective. Teachers College, Columbia University Working Papers in TESOL and Applied Linguistics 15(1) 14-32.

The paper, incidentally, is Open Access, which means that you can read, download and share it without going through a paywall. We hope that you find the article interesting and useful. As hinted by the scope of the journal, the model that we are developing is very much a work in progress, so if you want to find out more about what we are doing, or if you have any feedback, do get in touch. Oh, by the way, we are also happy to be cited. ;)


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