English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 28.2
Volume 28 No 2 1 English Australia Journal Editorial Welcome to the first issue of the English Australia Journal for 2013, a year in which we are working hard to consolidate all the exciting changes made during 2012. As you will notice, the cover has already been given a facelift and the Bookshelf section has been renamed ‘Reviews’. Again, we have been able to include a good number of contributions to the Reviews section in this issue, representing a wide range of topics and publication types. All past and present issues of the English Australia Journal are now online, fully searchable with functioning links, and can be accessed via http://www.englishaustralia.com .au/eaj-issues. Please take some time to check out this wonderful new resource. We hope it will prove extremely valuable to all our readers and contributors. In both issues this year we have again 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 both 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 Phil Chappell and Karen Benson, looks at a professional learning program for English language colleges, investigating the ongoing needs of its teachers. It shows how an innovative program in Thailand can fit the local context in Sydney and offers practical suggestions for those interested in implementing a similar program. The second article, by David Prescott, examines a blended learning course which mixed face-to-face classroom methods with online, computer-mediated procedures to create an integrated approach for both teachers and learners. The course draws strongly on constructivism and social interaction theories, with learners being actively involved through a mix of individual, pair and teamwork activities, and reacting ‘intelligently’ to the available online information.
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English Australia Journal 28.1