SPELT journal number XXVIII, volume number IV Quarterly Issue for December 2013

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The Quarterly issue for December 2013 is now available. Feel free to read the journal’s editorial or have a look at its table of contents and front cover. The quarterly journal is available in printed format and a copy has been mailed to all SPELT members, free of charge. You can have a glimpse of this quarter’s issue below.

Table of contents

  • Editorial
  • English Learning as Peach Education (Dave Hopkins)
  • The effect of scaffolding on reading comprehension of various text modes on lranian EFL learners with different proficiency levels. (Mohammad Attarzadeh)
  • Games as the aspirin of ELT: practical ideas and tips for the EFL/ESL classrooms (Merve ElbirlikTulek)
  • Amazing effect of pictures in language classrooms (Darakhshan Talat)
  • Book review: Perils, pitfalls and reflexivity in qualitative research in education. (Eds. Shamin, F. & Qureshi, R.)
  • Teacher Talk : On the other side of the fence (Hina Ashraf)
  • Learners’ Link: The teaching revolution – a student’s perspective (Maham Kamal)

Journal Editor

Asima Ali

Editorial

The first issue for the year 2011 is breaking away from tradition with a few changes. There is a bit more of a foreign flavor. We have the main article by a Ph.D student from Iran and the Teaching Tips come from Turkey this time! The lead article by Dave Hopkins doubles for an article on global issues as well. Reviews on books written by leading Pakistani ELT personalities have also been introduced for the first time.

Dave Hopkins defines peace as ‘the absence of conflict’—or at least ‘the reduction of conflict’. Believing that effective learning is the outcome of a combination of experience and reflection on that experience, he feels that teachers must teach the students to think. We give you this excellent presentation in two parts. In the first part, he first uses the Mayflower II simulation, written by himself and John Miller, to illustrate how reality decisions can be taken in an imaginary context to lead students to make appropriate choices. He proposes various activities where English language students work collaboratively to make appropriate decisions in a non-threatening context. In the second part, he deals with negotiating as a way to resolve differences and hence lead the way to peace. He uses various activities focusing on negotiating through activities on considering stakes and options and making compromises.

The second main article comprises an in-depth research on ‘The effect of scaffolding on reading comprehension of varying text modes on Iranian EFL learners’ by Mohammad Attarzadeh. With the conviction that the reading skill is of vital importance in EFL and ESL fields, he carried out his research through work with 180 students of varying proficiency levels to reach his conclusions.

Merve Elbirlik from Turkey has sent us an article that says that ‘Games are the aspirin of ELT’. She has presented games that ELT teachers will find both innovative and helpful in meeting the challenges in the course of their work.

Newspapers can be a source for pictures that lend themselves towards a stress-free and enjoyable way of teaching/learning a language. Writing jointly for the ‘Amazing effect of pictures in the language classroom’, DarakhshanTalat and Tahira Moeen demonstrate their point, using a picture from a newspaper and devising language activities for all levels of English language students.

Dr. Hina Ashraf reviews the book on ‘Perils, Pitfalls and Reflexivity’ written by Dr. Fauzia Shamim and Rashida Qureshi. She considers the book a major contribution as a bank of conceptual resource for understanding the social connectedness particularly in developing countries, and that it could be an ideal textbook for social sciences’ graduate programmes.

Once a teacher, always a teacher is how the old saying goes. But what does it feel like for a teacher to be sitting ‘On the other side of the fence’ as a student? The Teacher-Talk article carries reflections of teachers who sat on the other side while attending a proficiency course.

Maham Kamal sets high standards for the modern day teacher. Believing that the teacher of today must do more than merely transferring text book knowledge and helping students get grades, she writes about ‘The Teaching Revolution—a student’s perspective’. Read it to see if you can come up to her expectations.

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