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The Journal
Recent articles appear in their entirety; older articles are abbreviated with a link to the full text. We invite teachers and professional linguists to register and to submit topics and articles in this web log. Comments may be posted by any member while logged in, either in conjunction with articles or in personal profile updates.

News, Miscellany

New Article Formats Adopted
ESL Journal is moving with the trends of the times (unless they change again tomorrow morning, sigh). New professional articles will now appear in summary form in the Web Log, and the full contents will be available as downloadable PDFs linked from the summaries. This creates a more maintainable structure and reduces the preparation time needed for publication, so we can evaluate more articles. Hooray!

Respond, but be slow to react
(By Prof. V. Prakash) We cannot imagine a world without communication. At the same time, from time immemorial, communication has been the cause of worry to the civilized world. There can be no prescriptions if one decides to put across the subject matter in a clumsy manner; rather many suggestions come to the fore when a cultured way of speaking is the intended method of delivery. Innumerable strategies have surfaced depending on the needs of the changing world. The workplace atmosphere paves room for learning and handling newer ways of interaction to keep the game going.

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Registration Form Repaired
Our registration form is now working correctly after a temporary programming error. We invite your participation once again. Pre-existing registrations are unaffected.

English: Not for the faint of heart
You think English is easy? Try to explain these to a first-grader or your ESL class. Each sentence contains one word spelled the same with different pronunciation and meaning. Rules? What rules?

For example...


1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce .

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse refuse.

(We have a million of 'em. Maybe not quite.)

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'Higher' literature in the classroom
In a newly added article, Salma Ainy of Bangladesh Open University explores how in 'literature' has come to include advertising copy, graffiti and public notices which use literary devices like parallelism, rhyme, rhythm and metaphor. require careful interpretation and may be more relevant than the usual canonical texts which sometimes use esoteric or regionally biased language. As "literature" increasingly encompasses popular fiction, advertising and film, students need from teachers those capabilities that help them make sense of their worlds, determine their own interests, and see through the manipulations of all sorts of texts in all sorts of media, and to express their own views in some appropriate manner.

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Student Journaling on the Worldwide Web
ESL Journal uses the latest communication technology for learning by doing. Students who participate in the ESL Journal project will incorporate classroom grammar and writing lessons and computer lab skills to publish a completed work on the Internet. Teachers can monitor and observe progress at any stage, and fellow students can act as "critics" to help each other advance.

Along the way, students will make use of the Internet and basic computer skills, including using the mouse, scanning photos, finding information on the Web, sending and receiving email and learning software applications such as "Fastype" keyboard training software, a word processor (where available) and the CIP Sitemaker™ online publishing system, a web-based publishing tool that requires little or no technical skill.

Once the entry is published in a program's ESL Journal, student articles can be read by people throughout the world over the Internet.

Your school's ESL program can have its own ESL journal. See the How To information elsewhere on the site.

Using ESL Journal in Your Classroom


New Format
Welcome back! We're converting the site to an interactive web log format, supplemented by additional articles by teachers and students.

Our students will create their written and related work by typing directly into our online forms or by pasting content they have copied from a word processor or other text editing program.

Teachers and fellow students may append comments to each post. This critical feedback can accelerate learning, as it occurs in near real time.

The transition is beginning on October 16, 2006, and should be complete in a few days. Please visit again soon!