English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 27.1
EA Journal Volume 27 No 1 53 ClassroomTalk Classroom Talk This issue presents an exciting development in Classroom Talk: a themed selection of articles. The use of songs in the classrooms is the focus of three articles which provide plenty of practical ideas and activities for teachers. The range of exercises is impressive and I’m sure you’ll agree the small degree of overlap in the rationale helps highlight the value of this genre as a means to develop students’ listening and language skills. The article by Kent Hildred offers alternatives to the standard gap fill exercise. In their article, Sasan Baleghizadeh and Shirin Firoozbakht present two collaborative approaches to listening, one of which is a twist on the standard gap fill. The article by Arizio Sweeting, details a grammar activity for practising reported speech and a vocabulary exercise for consolidating lexical chunks. Hopefully, Classroom Talk will be able to explore more themes in future. Classroom Talk continues to appreciate the contributions that have been coming in and would like to encourage new authors to submit an article. If you have found an effective way to address a particular issue, whether it be clarifying a tricky grammar point or helping students develop critical thinking skills, we would love to hear from you. We are particularly interested in contributions which deal with current issues in the industry; for instance, assessment, teaching EAP, pronunciation and the use of technology. The main criterion is that the article centres around strategies that can be implemented in the classroom and we ask that you provide background information and/or a rationale to your solution(s) or activities.
English Australia Journal 27.2