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Call for papers: Perspectives on precarity in TESL

Special issue of Contact

Precarious work is a reality faced across many employment sectors in this age of the ‘gig economy’. Given its susceptibility to and dependence upon a variety of factors (economic trends, political shifts, linguistic developments, policy decisions, etc.), the TESL field is, and has always been, particularly impacted by this reality.

This special issue of Contact seeks to explore this phenomenon from the perspectives of a variety of sectors in the TESL field. Submissions are welcome from TESL professionals in the post-secondary, LINC, private language school, and teacher training sectors. We also welcome perspectives from business, politics, and economics.

The issue will be guest-edited by Jeff Brown, PhD, professor at George Brown College.  Continue Reading →

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In the last issue we took a quick look at cognitive linguistics. This time, Jackie Nenchin introduces us to systemic functional linguistics (SFL). Elizabeth O’Dowd then shows us how one MATESOL program that teaches SFL is updating their curriculum, considering the growth of English as a world language. If revamping your program sounds good, and you think you have the management skills to do it, Kara Mac Donald and Ketty Reppert have some hints about how to become a program administrator.

Continuing with the least-you-should-know series about other languages, John Steckley provides a gentle introduction to the Ojibwa language. This also inspired our cover image “Learning” by Ojibwa artist Benjamin Chee Chee.

Our remaining articles are from Alina Filip, who describes dynamic writing assessment,  Continue Reading →

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Brett ReynoldsInterest in generative and transformational grammar peaked in the 1970s, while interest in cognitive linguistics (CL) has been growing since the mid 80s. In our lead article, Frank Boers explains how CL can be applied to teaching vocabulary and phraseology.

We have three articles on language tests. Shayla Ahmad reviews the Reading Section of the CELPIP-General Test, an alternative for immigrants wishing to demonstrate English- language ability. Beverly Baker and her colleagues at the University of Ottawa report on their research into telephone oral interview tasks in university admissions. And Elizabeth Jean Larson & Clarissa Lau review the STEP test for elementary and secondary students.

With this issue, we begin a series of articles on the least you should know about various language.  Continue Reading →

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