Greetings readers! Welcome to the IAFOR Journal of Education: Language Learning in Education.
Since the last issue of the IAFOR Journal of Education: Language Learning in Education, much has changed for most of the world. With the advent of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, citizens of every country on earth have become witness to and victim of the same worldwide crisis. A complete transformation of what had been considered normal living has ensued. Jobs have changed, ways of communicating have been modified, lives have been altered, and countless prospects are adjusted to reflect an unsettling version of the “new normal.” Numerous people who previously coped well, have become less capable of managing because of the manifold stressors generated by the pandemic. One matter that the pandemic has been unsuccessful in accomplishing is stifling the ongoing urgency for the language learning journey that exists globally.
Multilingualism, second language acquisition, and second language learning continue to take place in every nation. Even with temporary pandemic-related travel bans, the movement of peoples from country to country has slowed very little. The number of second language learners throughout the world increases constantly, reminding educators, scholars, and researchers that investigating the complex processes of second language acquisition and language learning in addition to researching promising new methods, materials and trends is imperative to the improvement of second language teaching and learning. Motivations for learning another language notwithstanding, the persistent question concerns how to improve second language instruction in order to enhance and appropriately facilitate second language acquisition. Furthermore, discovering what signifies efficacious practice among those who teach child and adult language learners requires educators to look ahead for novel initiatives while simultaneously continuing to use strategies and methods that are research proven. Finally, it is important to explore the teacher behaviors that will enhance rather than inhibit language development. These precise topics are addressed in the variety of articles provided by the diverse group of authors who contribute their research and scholarship to this issue of the IAFOR Journal of Education: Language Learning in Education. The reader will gain knowledge of several issues affecting language learning in a wide assortment of nations and will find that similar discussions emerge in schools and EFL classrooms transnationally.
In the first article, Thi Hoai Thu Tran, Rachel Burke, and John Mitchell O’Toole, authors of “Perceived Impact of EMI on Students’ Language Proficiency in Vietnamese Tertiary EFL Contexts”, look at how English as a medium of instruction (EMI), an increasingly popular educational model in non-English-speaking countries, has been implemented not only in English as a Foreign language (EFL) courses, but also in communication, business, and other content area courses to build English language proficiency at an international level. Through the research that is revealed, the authors delve into how lecturers and students perceive the effectiveness of such a model in accomplishing its goals.
Alexandra Kolesnikova, Alina Liubimova, Elena Muromtseva, and Anton Muromtsev explore the mindsets of postgraduate biology students attending three highly ranked Russian universities regarding the foreign accents of non-native English-speaking lecturers in “The Impact of Accent among Non-Native English-speaking Biology Lecturers on Student Comprehension and Attitudes”. The authors and researchers investigated a common criticism of non-native speakers of English who teach university level courses in the sciences – the failure to speak in a manner that reflects near native competence, making lectures more comprehensible. The findings of the research offer insights that may inform the revision of diverse programs with similar issues.
The possibility of using speech recognition technology to improve pronunciation among undergraduate language learners sets the parameters of the discussion in the third article. In “Exploring the Effects of Automated Pronunciation Evaluation on L2 Students in Thailand”, Simon Moxon details his investigation of ways to build awareness of and facilitate accurate reproduction of phonetic sounds that do not exist in a language learner’s L1. The goal of the research was to determine if improved pronunciation would be the result of the effective use of speech recognition technology.
In “Implementing Art and Music in Maltese Courses for Non-native Adults”, Jacqueline Zammit examines the effective use of music and art with adult Maltese language learners (ML2s). Noting that art and music can play an important role in second language acquisition, such as motivating communication in L2, promoting retention of new vocabulary, and enriching comprehension skills, Zammit designed a qualitative study to explore the impact of utilizing music and art to foster greater achievement in ML2.
Eleni Meletiadou, author of “Exploring the Impact of Peer Assessment on EFL Students’ Writing Performance”, implemented a study that researched the impact of peer assessment on the writing of 200 adolescent Greek-Cypriot EFL students. What she found was that guided peer assessment over the course of a year contributed to writing improvement in 5 areas. The findings of the research provide recommendations for ways in which EFL teachers might use peer assessment to improve the writing of secondary EFL students.
In, “Teachers’ Misbehaviours in Class and Students’ Reactions: A Case Study”, Reem Alkurdi and Sharif Alghazo investigated the misbehaviours of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers’ in class and the subsequent reactions of the EFL students to these misbehaviours. This comprehensive study was supported by multiple classroom observations in which the affronts occurred, a survey that elicited plentiful student reactions regarding teacher communication styles, and numerous teacher interviews. The results reveal thought-provoking insights about the teacher-student relationship in EFL classes.
Editor, IAFOR Journal of Education: Language Learning in Education