Conversations with a purpose: Reflecting on interviewing in EFL research (IATEFL ReSIG Pre-Conference Event)

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The IATEFL conference in Birmingham is coming up, and those of you who have an interest in classroom-based research may want to attend the Research SIG Pre-Conference Event, which will take place on Tuesday 12th April 2016 (10:00-17:00). In the event, Dr Steve Mann (University of Warwick) will lead a workshop that aims to help participants understand how …

Call for Papers: Teaching English as a Lingua Franca in Japan

An edited collection is being planned, which will focus on English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) in Japan, and submissions are invited from researchers in a variety of settings, including universities, senmon gakko, eikawa schools, primary/secondary schools & colleges or business settings. Prospective authors are asked to submit a single page abstract or outline of their proposed chapter …

English Education Policy in Asia and the Middle East [Call for Papers]

A new volume of the Springer Language Policy series is scheduled for publication in early 2014, with a focus on English Education Policy in Asia and the Middle East. According to information provided by the editor, Dr. Robert Kirkpatrick: This volume includes comprehensive state-of-the-art reviews of Asian and Middle Eastern countries’ English education policies, giving clear assessments of the …

“What is easy and what is hard to acquire in a second language?”

What is easy and what is hard to learn in a foreign language? I just read a chapter in an edited volume on this very question, and this post aims to provide both a synopsis of the chapter and a critical reaction to it. To answer the question, Slabakova (2013) draws on Universal Grammar theory (UG), to …

Reading notes: EFL teachers’ language use for classroom discipline

Kang, D.-M (to appear). EFL teachers' language use for classroom discipline: A look at complex interplay of variables. System. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2013.01.002 This study reports on the implementation of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) in the Korean context, focussing on the question of classroom discipline. Kang notices that communicative activities have the potential to subvert classroom discipline because …