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The example of the project #OurWords shows the potential of OER for language teaching. The project will create a free database and app for language acquisition that is oriented towards the interests of the students and offers various access options so that students with a need for support can also benefit from it. The openness of the project enable...

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This paper explores moments of improvisation in creative writing workshops with 11-12 year old children by using ethnographic fieldnotes, audio recordings, creative texts, and research interviews to consider the coming together of the material, affective, social, modal, cultural, and environmental elements on which writing activity is provisionally...

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This presentation describes the CLIL approach taken in undergraduate English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses at a Sino-US joint venture university in China. Language serves as the content in a course designed to help freshmen meet the challenges of EMI in the liberal arts curriculum.

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We will be describing the added value of CLIL experiences from a university that has the mission to provide international and professional education in areas of critical importance to a rapidly changing world. We will address practice in this particular context (programmatic synergies, different stakeholders, etc.)

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In this presentation we argue that teacher-researcher collaborations hold the promise of embracing translanguaging pedagogies in TESOL classrooms. We propose a conceptual framework to call for both parties to develop translanguaging co-stances, and make translanguaging co-designs and co-shifts. We then share our own collaborative endeavors and end ...

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Initial results from the pre-test of a largescale longitudinal study of English and Swedish vocabulary knowledge among students in Swedish middle school are reported. The results are compared between CLIL and non-CLIL students, and between different CLIL groups as the way CLIL is implemented varies considerably between schools.

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This paper reports the practice of a C1-level English for Science and Technology CLIL course at a Chinese university. Drawing on the pluriliteracies model, it explores the practice and efficacy of a genre-based pedagogy backed up by solid linguistic theory that integrates all the 4Cs and its implications for CLIL.

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This paper presents findings of a classroom-based investigation into the professional development paths of five pre-service English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers, as they learned how to translate concepts of plurilingualism and plurilingual education studied at University into their situated practice in primary and secondary schools in Germa...

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Scientific abstracts written by Japanese EFL science majors were compared with the abstracts appeared in published research articles, and we found that EFL students used metadiscourse markers to connect concrete ideas more often and that they were hesitant to use metadiscourse markers to connect abstract ideas.

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This mixed-method project aimed at reviewing EFL teacher training policies through the analysis of 3 corpora using keywords-in-context through Nvivo12. Results suggest discrepancies in the emphases given to different areas in the curriculum while showing evidence of neoliberal ideologies through the use of strategies from the ‘discourse of advert...

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Insights from 468 migrants revealed the emotional attachment to the first language as intensifying their feelings of difference when using the local language in emotional conversations. Participants' self-perceptions varied from a sense of detachment to liberation depending on the emotion being expressed, emphasising how language choice aligns to c...

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This paper deepens our understanding of affective variables in the (foreign) language class by presenting the findings of a web-based survey study on perceived enjoyment of English (foreign language) and German (first language) classes. Data from 754 secondary- and tertiary-level students in the German-speaking world offers insights into contextual...

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I report on how teacher candidates used cultural excavation activities to reflect upon a study abroad experience in Peru and the role of these activities in developing intercultural competence. Findings show movement towards more ethnorelative stances, demonstrating cultural excavation as a powerful, albeit not sufficient, framework for scaffolding...

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Without taking the linguistic reality of named languages for granted, what does 'English' mean in the context of adult ESOL? This project seeks to interrogate this issue by analyzing recurrent discourse patterns and meta-linguistic/pragmatic commentary in two classrooms, exploring teachers' linguistic ideologies, as well as their historical develop...

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This paper explores gendered ethnicities in Polynesia through discourses about overweight bodies. Various forms of compliance and of resistance turn bodies into sites of politicized conflicts, as well as into potential “spaces of otherwise” that allow an expression of indigeneity which would coincide with the “end of exoticism”.

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Along a number of samples from language classrooms in different contexts, this paper will focus on the question of how micro-analytic informed research can be applied to the very teaching of interactional awareness and interactional competences to future language teachers.

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The paper argues for the need to include an increased focus on language variation and Critical Language Awareness in Mother Tongue Instruction in Sweden, using an additive expansion-oriented pedagogy (Leeman 2018). Currently, these perspectives are largely lacking in MTI. The aim is to expand students’ linguistic repertoires beyond written standa...

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In a well-known study of adult ESL learners, Goh (2000) found that most L2 listening problems were related to the ‘perception’ stage of the process. With a different population – UK lower-intermediate school children learning French and Spanish – the findings of a pilot replication study showed both similarities and differences.

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This 3-year longitudinal study tracked 3 Chinese EFL undergraduates and analyzed the collected data through CDST techniques, including min-max graphs and Monte-Carlo analyses. Our results confirm flux developmental processes of L2 listening, depict divergent patterns of intra-individual variability and highlights the significance of variability in ...

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This action research reflects the teacher-researcher’s curriculum of Workplace English and reconstructs a pedagogy for English for Occupational Purposes. Data was gathered from 17 interviews, teaching logs, and teaching evaluation. The findings are hoped to shed light on the learner-centered approach to ESP course design proposed by Hutchinson an...

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Reflexivity is approached though a model of metadiscourse, focusing on the discourse itself (metalinguistic function), the writer-speaker (expressive function) and the real or imagined audience (directive function). The model is applied to a net-based teaching context and students’ synchronous (N=6) and asynchronous (N=9) presentations are compar...

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The aim of the paper is to present how working with texts of migration literature in FL classes can stimulate the work towards the democratic culture through the reflection on a language as an instrument of social inclusion and exclusion, of power and prestige.

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The presentation offers analyses of formulating practices in which nonnative students characterize or recast what was said in the previous turn(s) by their teacher, typically but not limited with 'so you are saying...' These practices offer insight into how students clarify lesson contents, infer what to do and correct misunderstanding.

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This study presents a qualitative study on the argumentative strategies that both students and the teacher employ to justify, legitimise or contest the use of plurilingual teaching and learning practices during the implementation of a course in English for Specific Purposes (ESP).

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This paper focuses on the agentive meaning-making role that teachers hold in enacting language policies in Maldivian schools. Drawing on data from curriculum documents, teacher surveys and interviews, I present how teachers’ ideologies about language and language teaching impact how they interpret policy and address linguistic imbalances in schoo...

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Diagnostic tests show deficiencies in the basic decoding and coding abilities of new arrivals, even after years of learning Swedish. The traditional view on pronunciation training needs to be expanded towards development of the code level abilities in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

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The global political climate has created an unprecedented influx of refugees entering Canada and Canadian schools. This study explores the complex relationship between refugee families and their childrens’ schools, exploring both informal and formal ways to optimize parent-teacher collaboration, accessibility, and existing communications channels...

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In this session we will describe a service-learning experience carried out by volunteer university students. The teaching of languages in higher education should contribute to the integral development of students and democratic societies. The theoretical framework, the service learning experience itself and the findings will be presented.

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This study aims to reveal how the participant accommodates his speech, interactional resources he deploys, and his motives for exhibiting (non-)accommodative behavior. First, 5 hours of naturally-occurring dyadic interaction was transcribed and analyzed. Then, a semi-structured interview was conducted to deepen the knowledge about the motivation be...

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The verbal materials consider as mainstream of communication for a long time. However, non-verbal communication starts to speak eloquently in our life. This study examines the potential of multimodal teaching methods and materials in classroom. That provides us a clue to make more useful strategy for language leaning.

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