Call for Manuscripts
TESL-EJ Special Issue: Incorporating Instructional Pragmatics into ESL/EFL Teacher Education
Date of Publication: September 2011
Deadline for Submissions: Feb. 15, 2011
Guest Editor: Zohreh R. Eslami, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
E-mail: zeslami at tamu dot edu
The September 2011 issue of TESL-EJ will focus on scholarly research perspectives and classroom-based practices related to Pragmatics and Teacher Education.
Pragmatic competence is one of the vital components of communicative competence that needs to be considered in L2 teacher education programs. Unfortunately, available teacher education sources on ESL methodology and assessment lack a focus on teaching the pragmatic aspects of language. Pragmatics has been identified as an important component of language teacher’s knowledge base and appears to have been incorporated into some teacher education programs in both ESL and EFL contexts. However, a recent nationwide survey (Vasquez & Sharpless, 2009) has found that the treatment of pragmatics in teacher training courses tends to center on theory rather than practical applications. Specific preparation focused on practical instructional pragmatics is needed for language teachers to be bale to effectively teach L2 pragmatics. To address such needs, this issue welcomes submissions of high-quality articles on topics relevant to the incorporation of instructional pragmatics into L2 teacher education in ESL and EFL contexts. The following are some suggested topics:
* Incorporating instructional pragmatics into L2 teacher education in ESL contexts
* Incorporating instructional pragmatics into L2 teacher education in EFL contexts
* In-service and pre-service teachers perceptions of pragmatics and teacher education
* Native and nonnative English speaking teachers (NNESTs) perceptions of pragmatics and teacher education
* Developments and challenges facing the integration of pragmatics into L2 teacher education programs
* Teacher education models used in the integration of instructional pragmatics into L2 teacher education courses
* Approaches and strategies used to incorporate instructional pragmatics into L2 teacher education
Send original and unpublished manuscripts on the related topics along with the author’s name, affiliation, email address, and a 50-word biographical statement to zeslami at tamu dot edu.
All submissions must conform to regular TESL-EJ submission guidelines, which you will find linked on the TESL-EJ site at http://tesl-ej.org
The deadline for submitting a manuscript is Feb.15, 2011.