The Definition of Native Speaker

Native speaker is often supplemented by detailing nondevelopmental characteristics that they share. Stern (1983) claims that native speakers have (a) a subconscious knowledge of rules, (b) an intuitive grasp of meanings, (c) the ability to communicate within social settings, (d) a range of language skills, and (e) creativity of language use. The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied […]

The Representation of a Variety of Speakers in EIL Teaching Materials

It is important that the materials used in class represent both native and non-native speakers, particularly those similar to learners themselves. Such an inclusive representation represents the profile of English users more accurately and helps learners develop a more realistic expectation about their future interlocutors. Aya Matsuda in Lubna Alsagoff, et. al (2002: p. 175)

Types of Cultural Information in Teaching English as an International Language

Cortazzi and Jin (1999) distinguish three types of cultural information that can be used in language textbooks and materials: target culture materials that use the culture of a country where English is spoken as a first language source culture materials that draw on the learners’ own culture as content international target culture materials that use […]

In EIL, which variety of English should the material be based on?

  The dominant instructional model(s) of the course should be selected according to the goal of the curriculum and the needs of students, and the varieties of English represented in the teaching materials should match the focus of the course. In many cases, American or British English – the two most popular choices for instructional […]

Review of a scientific journal: From Practice to Theory and Back Again

American students and German students have different connotations in seeing the word “Auslander” (foreigner) found in a short story taught in a German class. This happens as they have different schemata and frame which are based on their cultural experience. To the former, this term is difficult to define as US consists of citizens from […]

Quipper School: How Do Teachers Bring it in the Classroom?

The advanced development of internet has influenced mankind in almost all aspects of life including the field of English Language Teaching (ELT). In response to it, English teachers should make use of it to enhance the quality of their teaching. One of its strategies is by using Quipper School, a popular educational online platform focusing […]

Questioning the ‘International’ of the International Teaching Materials Used in Australian ELICOS Institutions: Journal Review

Teaching foreign language should involve teaching culture ranging from source, target and international culture. This should be reflected in teaching materials including textbooks and workbooks. This research seeks to investigate whether or not the materials presented in the teaching and learning process fulfill the requirement of being international institutions as claimed by English Language Intensive […]

Exploring Culture in Locally Published English Textbooks for Primary Education in Turkey: Journal Review

Many locally published ELT textbooks include local culture overwhelmingly as the effort to strengthen national character building. On the contrary, internationally published ELT textbooks ignore the inclusion of local culture as they are addressed for international market. In the light of English as an international language and to incorporate intercultural competence, ELT textbooks should contain […]

Developing the Field

I should not limit my involvement in the field of language teaching to teaching or lecturing. Actually, there are many things that I can do to develop the field such as conducting numbers of research, writing papers for journal publication and seminars or conferences proceeding, designing and developing language programs, developing materials or ELT textbooks, […]

Evaluating ELT Textbooks and Materials: Methods and Principles

This article tries to make a relatively comprehensive description on textbook evaluation by surveying four scientific journals on textbook evaluation. They include William (1983), Ellis (1997), Sheldon (1988), and Hutchinson (1987). These articles are selected as they are cited in many research papers on textbook or teaching materials evaluation in different background and teaching contexts […]

Basic English Grammar: Simple Present Tense

This posting is another part of Basic English Grammar Series that I’m currently working hard to accomplish. It is about Simple Present Tense, the most used tense in English, I think. In my book outline this material is placed in chapter 5, Unit 1. It means that it is the first material being discussed in […]