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Language Issues: The ESOL journal

Language Issues is NATECLA's part peer reviewed journal for language teaching professionals. 

It explores the area between academic research and classroom practice, discussing teaching, training, management and research into ESOL and community languages.  Language Issues looks at broad issues and big ideas and is an invaluable resource for teachers, students, researchers and policy makers.

Language Issues' co-editors are Jo-Ann Delaney and Sally Bird

>> Download a recent edition of Language Issues (Volume 25 / Number 2 / Winter 2014)

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Language Issues Volume 26.2 out now - new Winter 2015 edition

This edition includes reports from this year's conference plus a rich variety of articles - see details below.

NATECLA Conference 2015 Keynote

What works and what doesn’t in English language teaching
Russell Mayne


Peer reviewed articles

  • Using content-based instruction to support college‑bound ESOL students’ transition to post‑secondary education. Virginia M. Tong, Mimi Blaber, and David Housel
  • Heteronormativity in EFL textbooks and in two genres of children’s literature (Harry Potter and same-sex parent
    family picture books) Jane Sunderland and Mark McGlashan


  • Exploring LGBT lives and issues in adult ESOL Part Two
    Sheila MacDonald
  • LGBT invisibility in language learning materials   Ben Goldstein
  • Issues emerging from the pilot of an online module on vocabulary learning by low-educated adult immigrants Martha Young-Scholten
  • Unplugging the teachers: experimenting with Dogme in the ESOL classroom  Ann Cowie
  • Recognising and working with emergent language in the ESOL classroom: interaction and learning in small group conversations Richard Gallen
  • Participatory ESOL  Dermot Bryers
  • The effects of policy changes on ESOL  Ellen Gwynt

Voices from the classroom

  • Developing effective reading strategies in the ESOL classroom  Daniel Xerri
  • Using drama and roleplay in ES(O)L classes  Oya Karabetca
  • Exploring the use of storytelling in the language classroom  Sarah Telfer

Reports and reviews

  • A taste of the IATEFL ES(O)L Special Interest Group Day 2015  Jo Gakonga
  • Training to Teach Adults English  Irene Schwab, Jane Allemano, David Mallows and Anne McKeown                                
Reviewed by Jo-Ann Delaney

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