Academic Exchange Quarterly

Periodical covering issues in education.

Articles from Vol. 5, No. 3, Fall

Acknowledgement, Affirmation, and Accommodation: The Non-Standard Language Approach. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Despite voluminous efforts -- educationally, politically, and socially -- African American students continue to underachieve in the American school system, particularly in literacy. The American school system continues to fail this student population....
Acquisition and Participation: Two Metaphors Are Better Than One. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract This paper is concerned with the use of metaphors to describe language learning and how they may assist and hinder our understanding of the language learning process. It aims to show how the most established metaphor for learning, acquisition,...
Advising Indicators: Operating from an Empirical Perspective. (On-Going Topics)
Abstract Persistent efforts have been made by educators to discover the kinds of distal and proximal variables associated with student achievement and satisfaction. For over half a century, variables that have been discovered provide general explanations...
A Language-Science Bridge: ESL for Marine Science. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract A team of language and science faculty across the U.S. developed a prototype language course in ESL with sustained content for Marine Science. A set of original course materials for university students was designed and implemented in August...
An Alternative Evaluative Approach for L2/FL Composition Textbooks. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract This article proposes an alternative approach for the evaluation of second/foreign language writing textbooks at all educational levels. First, theoretical and pedagogical foundations for this model are presented. The theoretical foundation...
A Reductive Grammar Approach to the Teaching of Spanish as a Second Language. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract The role of pedagogical grammar has always been a controversial issue in the second language learning process. According to Krashen and Terrell's Natural Approach (1983), grammatical explanations and exercises are to be written clearly...
"Booking It" to Peace: Bibliotherapy Guidelines for Teachers. (On-Going Topics)
Abstract This article explores both the theory and practice of bibliotherapy. The history of bibliotherapy is discussed with various definitions. The authors provide guidelines and examples for implementing bibliotherapy in the classroom for children...
Cognates and Other Clues: Strategies for Comprehension. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract The act of reading consists of several hierarchal processes that play a key role in the construction of a situation model, that is, a mental representation of a literary text. However, a breakdown in the processing of incoming information...
Contrastive Analysis in Language Teaching, Time to Come in from the Cold. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract The purpose of this short paper is to first argue that the rejection of the value of contrastive analysis (CA) input in foreign and second language teaching (FSLT) in the 70% and beyond was unjustified on both theoretical and empirical...
Cultural Variability: Teacher Development in a Translation Studies Department in Finland. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract The University of Helsinki Translation Studies Department in Kouvola teaches translation from English, Russian, German and Swedish into and out of Finnish. This paper will report on a teacher cooperative development action research project...
Discursive Practices in Language Minority Mathematics Classrooms. (On-Going Topics)
Abstract A survey was administered to 623 Mexican American students who attended a summer mathematics and science enrichment program at a university located on the Texas-Mexico border. The purposes of the survey were to gain an understanding of...
Do Students Really Learn a Foreign Language through Role-Playing? (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract The pedagogical value of role-play in second language acquisition has theoretically long been acknowledged. However, here, it is intended to look at this type of interaction with a more practical approach, ie., considering the role-play...
Earth and Wind: Teaching Spanish in China. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract This paper focuses on research conducted while I was in Beijing. In particular, I investigate perspectives on cultural acquisition by analyzing how Chinese university students learn about Spanish language and culture in the classroom. I...
Editorial
It never ceases to amaze me how foreign language teaching norms vary in the places where I have lived, taught and worked. I grew up in small town in the southeastern United States where foreign languages were optional in elementary and secondary school....
ESL Teachers' Attitudes toward the Classroom Language. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract: This article explores the subtle relationship between teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL), their students, and the English language. There are two different approaches toward the usage of the language in the classroom. The two...
Examining Language Proficiency of Teacher Candidates-A Critical Issue in Teacher Preparedness. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract Today's foreign/second language teachers need a wide range of information to facilitate successful learning in the communicative classroom of the 21st century. Teachers need a solid knowledge of the target language and culture, and they...
Expanding a Goal Mediational Model: The Korean Elementary School Math Class. (On-Going Topics)
Abstract This study conceptualized students' motivational beliefs and learning strategies in elementary school math class by using a goal mediational model. The sample consisted of 178 fourth graders (boys = 95; girls = 83) from two Korean elementary...
Facilitating Self-Regulation in Linguistics Classrooms. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract This paper uses current theory and research in educational psychology to explicate how instructors in Linguistics classrooms can create activity settings that facilitate the development of students' self-regulated learning skills. The focus...
Gifted Students' Perception of Special Courses. (On-Going Topics)
Abstract In Salzburg, for many years, special courses have been offered to students who are particularly gifted. In an evaluation, the students reported their perceptions of the learning situation on a lesson-to-lesson base with the so-called lesson-interruption...
Humorous Personal Narratives in the ESL Classroom. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract This paper reports the results of an exploratory qualitative study of adult ESL students' humorous personal narratives shared in the college-level ESL class. The purpose of the study was to investigate the reasons why some of the stories...
Information Literacy Program: Achievements and Improvements. (On-Going Topics)
Abstract Based on a comparative study of information literacy programs at California State University at Bakersfield and California State University at San Marcos campuses, the article discusses the strengths and limitations of each program. Electronic...
Integrating Corrective Feedback into Communicative Language Teaching. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract The history of second language teaching has witnessed changing perceptions of corrective feedback. Under the extreme view of communicative language teaching, which appears to be prevailing in some communicatively-oriented classrooms, learning...
Metacognitive Knowledge in EFL Writing. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract This study investigates the effect of metacognitive knowledge on writing in English as a foreign language. Data were collected from 115 Bulgarian students who wrote argumentative essays in English. A subset sample of 40 essays representing...
Multiple Literacies, CMC, and Language and Culture Learning. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract This contribution explores ideas of multiple, culturally patterned communicative practices that draw jointly on speech and writing, using a research and theory-based approach to Iiteracies in second and foreign languages. The data samples...
On the Dysfunctional Nature of Systemic Functional Grammar. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract In the past decade, there has been a growing interest in North America in systemic functional grammar (SFG). Because it assumes that meaning is directly related to the structure of language, many researchers claim that SFG is more relevant...
Second Language Acquisition Courses and Student Teachers' Values. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract Many student teachers doubt the relevance of second language acquisition to the language classroom. This paper investigates the ways in which SLA courses can be justified in terms of whether they influence the views of students teachers....
See Teacher Draw: Exploring Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Teaching. (On-Going Topics)
Abstract This study asked preservice teachers to draw "a teacher at work" before and after their initial field experience. These drawings provide rich data about the evolving images that preservice teachers use to make meaning of complex classroom...
Student Perceptions of Beginning French and Spanish Language Performance. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract By examining students' perceptions of their personal language learning endeavors, teacher perceptions of their students' language learning, as well as the similarities and discrepancies therewithin, language teachers can gain valuable insights...
The Acquisition of Psychological-Verb Alternations in Spanish: Two Teaching Approaches. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract This study compares the effect of a traditional approach to teaching grammar with the processing instruction approach when dealing with psychological verbs that alternate between a transitive and an intransitive use (molestarle/molestarla)....
The Common European Framework of Reference and the Assessment of Oral English in Spain. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract The Common European Framework of Reference is a publication of the Council of Europe in the European Year of Languages (2001) that puts forward assessment criteria to set up the basis for the international comparison of objectives and qualifications....
The Contra-Tricentric Method of Teaching English as a Foreign Language: The Pedagogy of Han Zhongliang. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract This paper describes an instructional strategy developed by Mr. Han Zhongliang for teaching English as a foreign language in The Peoples Republic of China. His techniques break away from the "tricentric" method of teaching that dominates...
The Danger of Passivity. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract The aim of the article is to share some ideas for teaching passivisation looking at some special cases and showing the danger of some `hard and fast rules' that we teachers sometimes tend to use in class. Therefore, the author deals with...
The Domino Effect of High-Stakes Testing and Standards. (On-Going Topics)
Abstract This article was drawn from a qualitative study of pre-service teachers', public school teachers', and public school administrators' perceptions of the importance of specific kinds of content and methodology in an undergraduate curriculum...
The Impact of Metamemory on Reading Performance. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract The purpose of this research was to determine 1) if a metamemory approach to reading instruction would lead to significantly different results from those of a skill-oriented approach, and 2) whether short-term memory (STM) span is an independent...
The Presence of the Mother Tongue in the Foreign Language Classroom. (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract This article presents an issue with which most teachers teaching monolingual classes have to deal with in their daily practice and suggests an alternative approach to tackle it. The overuse of the mother tongue in the classroom has long...
Use, Usage or Both in English Language Teacher Training Programmes? (Language Teaching & Learning)
Abstract This paper describes the research conducted at Trakya University Foreign Languages Department with the aim of designing a specific grammar syllabus for the English in Use Course. The need for such a syllabus emerged due to the students'...
Vocabulary Support for Students Using University Library Catalogs from Remote Locations. (On-Going Topics)
Abstract Efficient and effective use of a university's online catalog requires an understanding of the many library terms used for the menu selections and for terms that appear on subsequent pages. This is a problem for many students, particularly...