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Reflections On ESL Academic Issues

Reflections On ESL Academic Issues

1. Reflecting on Cook’s (2001) Common Assumptions – 2: Teachers and students should use the second language rather than the first in the classroom. Before I started this course, one of the teaching issues that I had an unwavering view about was the use of a student/s first language in the classroom. Not only did […]
Discussing the article 'Priorities in English Language Education Policy and Classroom Implementation'

Discussing the article ‘Priorities in English Language Education Policy and Classroom Implementation’

In the article “Priorities in English Language Education Policy and Classroom Implementation”, Silver and Skuja-Steele examine the field of Language-in-Education Planning, focusing on the relationship between government language policies and classroom pedagogy in five different countries. The main goal of their study was twofold. Firstly, they wanted to test the validity of the hypothesis that […]
L2 Grammar Knowledge Development

L2 Grammar Knowledge Development

Grammatical knowledge can be defined as a potentially dynamic, interactive knowledge system about what is to be preferred and what avoided in morphology and syntax. For me, the key words that relate to knowledge development in this definition are “potentially dynamic” and “interactive”. The more interactive a learner is with various mediums, the more dynamic […]
A Review of Imporant ESL Articles

A Review of Imporant ESL Articles

Part 1 Research Article Analysis 1. Bell, N.D. (2005). Exploring L2 Language Play as an Aid to SLL: A Case Study of Humour in NS–NNS Interaction. Applied Linguistics, 26 (2), 192-218. Research Questions Two areas of enquiry were mentioned in the article. The first was to what extent and how did playful interaction (see Cook […]
A Polity Study of New Zealand In The Early 2000s

A Polity Study of New Zealand In The Early 2000s

Abstract While on the one hand the evidence seems clear that New Zealand is in fact a multilingual/multicultural community, the evidence also seems quite clear that language receives relatively little attention in any sector of the society (Kaplan and Baldauf, 2003). There is no question that New Zealand as a society is taking some steps […]
A Critical Analysis of 'New Interchange 2'

A Critical Analysis of ‘New Interchange 2’

Perhaps the best and fairest way to judge the quality of an ESL/EFL textbook that purports to be communicative is to critically examine the claims made by the authors of the book, with regard to its content and goals, and to ascertain to what extent these claims can be justified. In the introduction to the […]