Post written by Jim Ranalli
It’s a great honor to receive the 2012 Christopher Brumfit Award, especially as it commemorates a scholar whose books on communicative methodology were a tremendous source of guidance and inspiration to me when I first trained as an English teacher. I thank the panel of referees, the editor and editorial board of Language Teaching, and Cambridge University Press for this special recognition of my research and the opportunity to share it with a wider audience.
The focus of my thesis was a web-based, instructional resource called VVT (Virtual Vocabulary Trainer), which I developed to teach integrated vocabulary depth of knowledge and dictionary referencing skills to university-level learners of English as a Second Language (ESL). In addition to evaluating . . . → Read More: 2012 Christopher Brumfit Award winner Jim Ranalli discusses his prize winning work
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Dr. Guanfang Zhao
The Role of Voice in High-Stakes Second Language Writing Assessment—A brief Introduction:
The concept of voice in writing is addressed in almost all the US states’ learning standards, high-stakes writing assessment rubrics and composition textbooks. It is believed to be one of the key ingredients of good writing. However a thorough literature review shows that while theoretical conceptualizations of voice in written discourse abound, no empirical study has yet been done to translate any of these theoretical, often also rather abstract, conceptions of voice into research-friendly instruments or pedagogically useful tools that writing researchers and teachers could employ to either facilitate empirical research or inform writing pedagogy for the teaching and learning of . . . → Read More: Joint 2011 Christopher Brumfit Award winner Dr. Guanfang Zhao provides a summary of her prize winning work
The 2012 Christopher Brumfit Award winners have been announced! . . . → Read More: Christopher Brumfit Award prize winners announced