Connect, Grow, Thrive

Summer 2017

Cover of journal issue Summer 2017

In this issue: As you leaf through the pages of this issue, you will notice how the underlying themes of the individual articles and their overt connections to each other suggest an ongoing dialogue in which the various views on English language teaching are reflecting and responding to one another: innovative classroom practices, curriculum design and development, the application of technology in learning/teaching strategies, the use of literature in language writing and reading, cultural dimensions of language teaching and learning, and the impact of language and educational policies on classroom practice.

Editor’s Notes. It is my sheer pleasure to welcome you back with this compelling cross section of writings ranging from studies with sound theoretical frameworks to those with clear pedagogical implications and/or applications in various areas of English language teaching.

It is inevitable, of course, because one of ETAS Journal’s aims is to illuminate and perpetuate this dialogue between and among ELT professionals. If you have been a keen reader of our publication, you would have noticed how in the last six years we have made it our goal to continue to offer not only good things to read, but also an enhanced sense of community, a chance to come out into the open, and compare notes.

Likewise, you would have noticed that as the ETAS Journal universe continues to expand so does the diversity of our authors whose works resonate with our own interests and ways of thinking. As we continue to promote critical and meaningful discussions, not just among ourselves but with ELT professionals across the globe, it is gratifying to note that the responses we get exemplify only good writing, research focus, and provocative inquiries expressed in creative and erudite writings. But more than this, I am profoundly gladdened to see that in a time when both international spirit and local integrity are breaking down while global fascism and endemic exclusion of ‘others’ are on the rise, our humble attempts at sharing the generative possibilities of language and literature through the articles we publish are helping to extend our community of practice beyond our borders.

This issue is part of a conversation we all need to be having. For making this possible, I am both proud and indebted to the authors for their commitment to excellence in teaching – working with them has been a joy and a challenge in equal measure. On a personal note, seeing the various facets of the ELT world through the eyes of these fine writers has been truly enlightening, and my hope is that our readers will experience the same kind of illumination. All in all, the quality of writing, creativity, and originality of thought in this issue has been outstanding, and we are looking forward to reading and publishing more of the same in our future issues.

Content Overview

INSIGHTS

     'Teachers want to know answers to questions': Dudley Reynolds on teacher research / Daniel Xerri

MAIN ARTICLES

   In imitation of Hockney: The value of teacher versatility / Daniel Xerri

   Vocabulary-translation testing: Better options? / Laura Loder Buechel

PERSPECTIVES

   Assessing Assessment: Two perspectives on the state and future of assessment – A conversation with Scott Thornbury and Anne Katz 

       / Emilia Siravo

VOICES OF EXPERIENCES

    Signs of the times: Exploiting the urban linguistic landscape as a language learning resource / Damian Williams  

    Versatile stories: Creative Writing in a Conflict Zone and its impact on Swiss learners of English / Elsbeth Mäder

    Creative warmers: From stones to poems / Caroline Grünig-Manton

    The first lesson of the school year / Susanne Oswald

    Drill bits / Lee Shutler

   ‘Bottom-up’ testing – How could it work? / Geoff Tranter

    Managing advanced students in the EFL classroom/ Orbal Jones

   The future of presentations is storytelling with data: Now what does it mean for the EFL profession? / Benjamin Haymond

    Making the most of MOOCS / Genevieve White

    Changing the table arrangement for BYOD / Timothy Black

    Building virtual bridges: Developing an international tandem link between universities in Austria and Ireland / Aleksandra Sudhershan

        and Jennifer Bruen