English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 28.1
Volume 28 No 1 1 English Australia Journal Editorial Welcome to the second issue of the journal for 2012, a year in which there have been some major changes. The journal has been re-named the English Australia Journal: the Australian Journal of English language teaching. Along with this title change, there has been a facelift to the cover and an expansion to the general information provided at the back of the journal. We also said goodbye and thanks to Stephanie Schembri, who edited Classroom Talk since its inception in 2009 and welcomed Sophia Khan into the position. Sophia took charge of the Bookshelf section, now renamed ‘Reviews’, after a transitional phase last year, when Connie de Silva briefly took over from Denise Norton, and she has created valuable databases of publishers, reviews and reviewers. We were excited to introduce our first ever Classroom Talk interview segment, ‘ Ten questions’, in the first issue this year. This part of Classroom Talk is a chance to host advice and ideas from some key figures in ELT. In this section we continue to seek innovative articles grounded in classroom practice. We have been able to include a good number of contributions to the Reviews section in both issues this year, representing a wide range of topics and publication types, both print and digital. There is no longer an editorial for this section and as reviews are individually commissioned, the list of books for review no longer appears, but the names of all book reviewers continue to be listed on the front pages of each issue. In both issues this year, we have included three substantial peer-reviewed reports on research studies, rather than the four shorter articles of previous years. We hope to see all sections of the journal continue to evolve as a space for practitioners and academics to meet and share ideas about ELT. As in recent issues, the names of our pool of peer reviewers are listed on the front pages of each issue. The first article in this issue, by Patricia Dooey, Rhonda Oliver and Judith Rochecouste, investigates the role of motivation in the English language growth of international students after university entry. The results of a study which aimed to assess the role of motivation in improving English language proficiency indicate that international students frequently encounter barriers which impede their motivation to improve.
English Australia Journal 27.2
English Australia Journal 28.2