Conversations with a purpose: Reflecting on interviewing in EFL research

Audio recorder and notes

Update 2017 This is a post advertising an academic event that took place in 2017. The content of the post is no longer active, and it is retained here for archival purposes only. If you are interested in following the more recent activities of IATEFL and the Research Special interest group, the following links might …

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 …