Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet
It is indeed a pleasant feeling we are having at this end of year for we have been successful to bring out the ELT issues and concerns contributed by the ELT scholars from home and abroad regularly. As said by the 19th century American poet, Ralph Emerson, which we have begun our editorial with, two and half years back, in February, 2014, we had started this ezine voyage with an aim of creating ‘new trail’ with an obvious expectation of contributing in ELT significantly . We hadn’t known this trail then. The trail which could be unitedly joined and walked by 29,000 visitors from 108 countries so far! The trail which have been admired by many ELT scholars for its regular contribution in different platforms! The trail that devotes to reach wider audience with its diverse content!
The support we have got from our valued readers and contributors is overwhelming. We duly acknowledge all these direct and indirect support that have helped us create this new trail where we could walk together sharing our ELT insights through current discourses. This year, we could cover second language writing, academic writing, reading strategies, teaching in large classes, networking for teachers’ professional development, and conference recollection, and we equally hope that we will have more current ELT issues and research in the upcoming year. Our inspiration is our valued readers who read and comment on our posts. Our strength is our contributors who have been contributing their write-ups on current ELT trends and practices.
Our readers and contributors’ continuous encouragement intrigued us to bring out new issues persistently throughout the year. In return, we would like to offer you another sweet ELT gift that comprise one interview with one of the internationally known ELT experts and four stimulating articles, which we hope would give you extra vigor to welcome the New Year 2017 in your classroom! For this issue, we have Dr. Ema Ushioda, the expert on ‘Motivation in SLA’ from the University of Warwick who shares about her academic career, the trend of graduate research in her university and some thoughts on motivation in SLA, and teacher Education. Similarly, Mr. Madhav Kafle, a research scholar, who is currently a PhD student at The Pennsylvania State University, USA comes up with the issue of globalization, migration, and identity in his article ‘Identity in a Transnational World: Where do I Belong to?’ He discusses the new conditions created by globalization in a transnational world. In the another article, ‘Structure of Good texts and Repetitive Language Boost the Learners Creative Thinking and Scaffold their language’, focusing significance of integrating good books in the curriculum, Ms. Babita Sharma, the teacher trainer from Nepal talks about some features of good texts for children and explains how the texts can be used to scaffold children’s language skills as well as creative thinking. Ms. Miriam Corneli, Former English Language Fellow (based in Nepal & Sri Lanka) from USA, gives a lot of hints to the readers to make their English language lessons as creative as possible. Her article ‘Creativity – An Imperative for English Language Teaching’ in a form of direct address to the readers, offers a lot of resources through the web links. In the article ‘Designing a Professional Development Program at an EAP School: Drawing from a Canadian Context’, Mr. Raj Khatri, another research scholar and TESL practicum supervisor at the University of Victoria in Canada offers information on a process that he incorporated in the planning, implementing, and evaluating of the professional development program at his school.
Here is a list of the contents incorporated in this issue of the NELTA Forum and they are hyperlinked for your ease!
- An Interview with Dr. Ema Ushioda
- Identity in a Transnational World: Where do I Belong to? by Mr. Madhav Kafle
- Structure of Good texts and Repetitive Language Boost the Learners Creative Thinking and Scaffold their language by Ms. Babita Sharma
- Creativity – An Imperative for English Language Teaching by Ms. Miriam Corneli
- Designing a Professional Development Program at an EAP School: Drawing from a Canadian Context by Mr. Raj Khatri
We too have uploaded British Council professional practices series 9 and 10. This page is coordinated by our one of the editors, Laxmi Prasad Ojha.
We hope your will find this issue as captivating and resourceful as you found our previous issues. We equally expect your comments on each post as usual so that it can help our contributors/editors clarify more through the discussion that you would initiate.
Finally, we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017!
Sagun Shrestha & Shyam B. Pandey