Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ESL Learners and Academic Writing Challenges

Jalel Guesmi 
Fulbright Teaching Assistant of Arabic 
Modern Languages Department, Ursinus College, PA 

The aim of this paper is to study writing in English as a skill in ESL. The purpose of this research paper is to investigate this issue and bring into discussion queries like how and why ESL learners find it challenging to write academically respecting the norms. Based on my own personal experience in writing and through my observation in my writing class in an American College, this paper seeks to differentiate between varieties of English that non-native speakers happen to mix when they write for academic purposes. Another intention of this present work is to culturally and psychologically interpret and account for the difficulties ESL students face in the process of writing in a linguistic situation when they are deemed to use English as SL in an English speaking country. Finally this paper is meant to inspire teachers of ESL to reflect on these concerns and find the proper teaching tactics and practices to prepare ESL students for such an experience.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The 7th Issue of the Tunisian ELT Forum Magazine is online!

Hi dear friends, colleagues and blog visitors. The 7th issue of the e-magazine took us a little more than we had expected because of a few constraints and some technical problems. But, it is finally here. All the contributors enjoyed working on bringing this issue to your attention and they wish you would enjoy it as much as they did.

"Among the topics focused in this issue, we present “Teaching mixed-ability classes” as one of the important topics that so many teachers and educationists worry about. Abdessalem BOUAFIA, ELT Inspector in the region of Gafsa, shares some of his thoughts with you through the magazine and surely, reading through his article entitled “teaching mixed-ability classes” will make an addition. Two teachers from the University of Gabes ; Abdelhamid R’HAIEM and Sihem DRISSI wrote two articles which address two issues mostly debated among teachers of English as a foreign language and educationists. Abdelhamid R’HAIEM’s article is “Teaching literature in the EFL classroom” and Sihem DRISSI’s is entitled “Citizenship Education in Tunisia”.

  Jalel GUESMI, from Ursinus College in the USA, finds it important to write about S. Krashen’s model for SLA and we find it beneficial to provide the readers of this issue with the opportunity to refresh their minds and recall a bit of theory. In this same issue, from the University of Casablanca, in Morocco, Abdelmajid BOUZAINE writes about the integration of ICT in language teaching.

Fethi BOUGUERRA’s share is an article entitled “How can teachers help students to make learning part of themselves” while Tarak BRAHMI presents 40 websites for the EFL teacher to inspire from."

Here is the link to the 7th issue of the magazine. Enjoy it! 


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