The IAFOR Academic Review | Volume 1 | Issue 7
Editorial Committee Introduction
It is my great pleasure to announce the publication of the seventh issue of the IAFOR Academic Review. One of the central missions of The International Academic Forum or IAFOR is to provide avenues for academics and researchers to be international, intercultural and interdisciplinary. In this the seventh issue of the IAFOR Academic Review we the editorial committee bring together a selection of the most interesting contributions from our two most recent Asian and European Conferences on Language Learning. Though this edition focused on the importance of Language Learning published by the International Academic Forum. However, though the primary focus is on the learning of language, the very broad nature of the discipline means it has wonderful opportunities to reflect and embrace the other disciplines of study. From applied linguistics, through to educational technology, and on to sociology and psychological are covered in the five papers presented in this edition. The papers selected by the editorial committee for this special edition certainly reflect the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary approach that lies at the heart of both IAFOR and Language Learning.
Michael Liam Kedzlie
The IAFOR Academic Review
Kevin Kato is lecturer at Kinjo Gakuin University, where he teaches English writing and conversation. He has presented on topics related to world Englishes at regional and international conferences in the United States. His research interests include computer-assisted language learning, world Englishes, language pedagogy, sociolinguistics, and nonnative English speaking teachers in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. He is currently working on projects that integrate Moodle into the classroom as well as the role race plays in the myth of the native speaker.
Phil Craigie & Alison Owens
Currently Phil Craigie teaches English within the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at Chaoyang University of Technology, Taiwan. He is also currently studying for a doctoral degree with the Central Queensland University in Australia. Phil Craigie previously studied for a Masters of Professional Education and Training at Deakin University, Australia. Dr. Alison Owens is currently completing her second doctorate in creative writing at Central Queensland University in Australia. She is also a former Director International Education Research Centre, at Queensland Central and is currently teaching at the Australian Catholic University. Her research focuses on intercultural communication, intercultural and international education, with particular reference to the role of the English language in globalised and technologised communications.
David Wood & Kazuhiko Namba
David Wood‘s career in English language education spans over thirty years, including language teaching in Canada and abroad, and teaching and research in applied linguistics and TESL. Currently Associate Professor at Carleton University’s School of Linguistics and Language Studies, where he coordinates TESL programs, Dr. Wood is the author and editor of several volumes on formulaic language. His research interests centre around formulaic language, spoken language, and teacher education. Kazuhiko Namba is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan. His main research interest is the structural aspects of code-switching and the role of formulaic language in bilingual children’s language acquisition. Dr. Namba acquired his PhD and MA at Cardiff University in the UK.
Jennifer Cope has been an English language teacher for over 15 years, teaching international and migrant language learners in private and public English colleges in Sydney, Australia. In addition, she has more recently provided online tutoring to undergraduate students in Hong Kong. Jennifer is an Academic Tutor on the Masters of Education in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (TESOL) program at the University of Sydney, where she is also completing her PhD research in the area of discourse studies.
Mario Pace is a resident Senior Lecturer of Italian at the Department of Arts and Languages in Education within the Faculty of Education at the University of Malta. Dr. Pace is responsible for the training and formation of teachers of Italian as a foreign language as well as chairperson of the Professional Development Portfolio committee within the Faculty of Education. He is coordinator of the PGCE (Post graduate Certificate in Education) course of studies, the M.Ed in Italian Education course as well as coordinator of the teaching practice sessions of student teachers of Italian within the same Faculty. He has participated in conferences both in Europe and the USA and has published various academic papers, with topics varying from Italian literature in Malta to the teaching of Italian as a foreign language to the Teaching of Languages for specific purposes. Dr Pace is responsible for the development, management and delivery of a number of in-house training courses of ‘Italian for Commercial Purposes’ and “Italian for Call Centres” for various private and public companies across the Maltese Islands. He is currently coordinator of a National project across the Maltese Islands intended to increase the number of students obtaining accredited certification in foreign language proficiency by the end of compulsory schooling.