English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 30.1
Volume 30 No 1 1 English Australia Journal EDITORIAL The Editorial Team welcomes you to the September 2014 issue of the English Australia Journal. We are delighted to bring readers the usual diversity of research-based articles, Classroom Talk reports, and reviews of materials. We are also announcing a community-based activity associated with each issue of the journal, but more about that a little further in. In this issue, two of the peer-reviewed articles are focused on reading – one involving IELTS preparation and the other an application of a program to foster extensive reading. The third article centres on developing pragmatic skills using roleplay. In their article, ‘ Teaching pragmatics: An action research journey’, Heather Denny, Graeme Couper, Jenny Healy, Flora Macdonald, Annette Sachtleben and Annette Watkins report on a series of action research projects investigating the use of elicited recordings of native-speaker roleplay to teach the discourse and pragmatic norms of interaction in discourse communities important to their learners. Findings suggest there is the potential for the application of these strategies for a variety of English language teaching contexts. James Chalmers and Ian Walkinshaw provide an account of their pilot study exploring whether and to what extent IELTS Academic Reading test-takers utilise reading strategies to enable faster reading, and, where employed, what their impact was on test outcomes. This is of interest not only to teachers working in test preparation programs, but also for those whose learners need to develop efficient reading habits. Finally, Karen Benson reports on a project in which the principles of reciprocal teaching, originally developed for at- risk first language students, are applied to an ELICOS setting to promote extensive reading outside of the classroom. Again, teachers will find this a useful program and something they may wish to implement in their own contexts. Our peer-reviewed articles would not be possible without the voluntary efforts of our reviewers, who have contributed greatly to the articles, with their supportive comments for revisions of earlier drafts. Of course, the big thanks also go to the authors, who often times have their patience tested as we seek revisions and clarifications throughout the process.
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