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England, Neil – English Australia Journal, 2022
Epistemological beliefs -- such as beliefs about the value attached to different forms of language teacher knowledge -- play a key role in knowledge interpretation and reconstruction in language teacher education. This article first presents a case for an explicit focus on epistemological beliefs in an ELT train-the-trainer program for state…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Epistemology
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Pusey, Kerry; Nanni, Alexander – English Australia Journal, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated an unprecedented and mandatory shift from face-to-face to online education. This has occurred in numerous contexts worldwide, including language education. Little research, however, has investigated language education under such conditions of emergency remote teaching (ERT). This article focuses on the…
Descriptors: English for Academic Purposes, Language Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Adjustment (to Environment)
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Hasiri, Fatemeh; Falhasiri, Mohammad – English Australia Journal, 2021
Traditionally, students receiving assistance while taking a test is deemed cheating, a belief based on the premise that assessment needs to evaluate unassisted performance. However, to the proponents of Sociocultural Theory in general and Dynamic Assessment (DA) in particular, such guidance through interaction with the examiner during the…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Program Implementation, Student Evaluation, Affordances
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Playsted, Skye; Burri, Michael – English Australia Journal, 2021
The development of effective oral communication skills is a high priority for beginner-level, adult English language learners, and clear pronunciation is an essential part of this development. The perception and production of English vowel sounds can be a particularly challenging area of pronunciation for beginner-level learners. If adult learners…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Oral Language, Communication Skills, Vowels
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Truong, Khoa Dang; Do, Nhan Thanh – English Australia Journal, 2021
In most academic writing programs worldwide, instruction aims to develop students' awareness of essay types, written language use, and test-taking strategies. However, teachers' instructional practice is often dictated by their knowledge base, perception, and the intuitions they have about language use (Borg, 2006). Such intuitions are not always…
Descriptors: Sentence Structure, Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition), Grammar
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Baker, Amanda – English Australia Journal, 2021
Teaching and learning pronunciation can be challenging for second language (L2) teachers and learners alike. Many people may even adopt that attitude that, 'She'll be right', thinking that L2 learners' pronunciation difficulties will likely sort themselves out in time. Yet many learners consider pronunciation to be the most difficult oral…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Pronunciation Instruction, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes
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Dinneen, Cara – English Australia Journal, 2021
This article considers the challenges heralded by digital technology in relation to the management of academic integrity on high-stakes Direct Entry English Programs in Australia. Firstly, a number of the ways in which students are using digital tools to complete assignment writing are examined. Secondly, findings from a review of academic…
Descriptors: Phrase Structure, Integrity, Barriers, Information Technology
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Reed, Melissa; Chappell, Phil – English Australia Journal, 2021
This article provides an overview of what is considered best practice in professional development in English language teaching by researchers and professional bodies. It then presents a research project investigating how satisfied English language teachers are with their own PD. The qualitative study involved a background survey of 92 teachers and…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Humphreys, Pamela – English Australia Journal, 2020
Writing a personal Teaching Philosophy Statement (TPS) can be useful for articulating espoused beliefs related to teaching and learning. In this paper, general approaches to the writing of a TPS are first explored, and the range of possible uses are examined. The article then goes on to consider the development and implementation of an…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Professional Development, Guides, Educational Objectives
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Bodis, Agnes – English Australia Journal, 2020
This concept paper outlines the steps in a process to integrate intercultural competence (IC) into course curricula in a way that is tailored to the program and course outcomes. The paper also provides guidelines and examples for how this could be implemented on the level of teaching, task and text design, and sequencing. Internationalised…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Cultural Awareness, Audits (Verification), Guidelines
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Greenup, Cait; Stracke, Elke; Petraki, Eleni – English Australia Journal, 2020
Learner diversity is a common feature of the adult English as a second language (ESL) classroom and can manifest itself in many ways including different ethnic backgrounds, first languages (L1), educational experiences, cultural values, and current English proficiency. There is, however, limited empirical research examining teachers' principles…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Adult Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Nguyen, Nhung – English Australia Journal, 2020
This research investigates critical thinking skills in reading comprehension of English as Second Language (ESL) students in an Australian context and proposes a number of pedagogical methods for ESL teachers and educators. The research has two aims: (1) to gain a thorough understanding of ESL students' ability to read English critically in their…
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Reading Skills, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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McDermott, Debra – English Australia Journal, 2020
This article describes an exploratory project in which a range of strategies taken from positive psychology were introduced in a university English language centre in order to enhance the wellbeing and happiness of staff and students. A brief overview is provided of the current scholarly landscape of positive psychology in English language…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Employees, School Personnel
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Mhilli, Olga – English Australia Journal, 2020
This brief report presents the preliminary results of the textual data analysis within a qualitative longitudinal study that examines ESL adolescent writers' voice in their academic writing as they transition from a High School Preparation (HSP) intensive English program to mainstream high schools (HS) in Sydney, Australia.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, High School Students
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Caon-Parsons, Sandra; Dimmell, Paula – English Australia Journal, 2020
The Intercultural Competency (ICC) Program is a structured program that has been developed at the University of Adelaide's English Language Centre (ELC) to create opportunities for students to connect in a global context. This stand-alone and easily transferable program aims to create meaningful opportunities for mixed-language-ability learners to…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Teaching Methods, Lesson Plans, Intercultural Communication