English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 31.1
Volume 31 No 1 1 English Australia Journal EDItoRIAL Welcome to our second issue for 2015, which offers readers a varied range of peer- reviewed research articles, ‘Classroom Talk’ articles, reviews, and a glimpse inside Jeremy Harmer ’s thinking. Jeremy, of course, is a keynote speaker at the 2015 English Australia Conference in Brisbane this September. Beginning with the research articles, Tracey Gibbs and David Feith present their action research study into international students’ perspectives of their learning experiences prior to arriving in Australia. The findings are especially useful to support teachers’ efforts in understanding the backgrounds of their students and the adjustment issues they face when coming to study in Australia. Next, Michael Burri’s article confronts the ongoing challenges in ELT of teaching pronunciation. He does this by investigating the knowledge, beliefs and attitudes of student teachers taking a postgraduate pronunciation subject. The findings are relevant for teacher educators, trainers, and also teachers of pronunciation. Finally, Rhonda Oliver and Manar Larbar present their research on code switching by adult Arabic learners in ESL classrooms in Australia. It offers a significant contribution to the debates over the use of L1 in the classroom, especially when the L1 is Arabic. Our ‘Ten Questions’ this time are for Jeremy Harmer. Sophia Khan, our Classroom Talk Editor, provides Jeremy with some thoughtful questions and we gain some interesting insights into his thinking about ELT, music and more. Classroom Talk also provides an article on activities with an EIL orientation, a sociocultural view of collaborative writing, and how to deal with the ‘description of a process’ task in IELTS Writing. Reviews Editor Tamzen Armer also offers up reviews on a diverse range of materials, including the book Going Mobile, the Listen Up app, and much more. We hope that you enjoy the latest issue of the Journal and that you will consider contributing to one of the sections in the future. Research articles are reviewed by at least two scholars, specialists in the content areas of the articles, and we would like to say a special thank you to these reviewers for giving up their valuable time to read and comment on the articles in order to ensure the highest possible standards.
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