Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Research Seminars in TESOL and Language Studies

Teacher Identity in Language Teaching
Jack C. Richards
The University of Sydney

Date: Monday 10th April 2017
Time: 17.00 – 18.30 pm

Venue: Education 323, The University of Sydney

This paper reviews notions of identity and teacher identity, how these relate to the specific characteristics of language teaching, and how teacher identity can evolve or be developed through experience and teacher education. The notion of teacher identity stresses the individual characteristics of the teacher and how these are integrated with the possibilities and potentials provided in the institutional identity of teacher and the content and methods of a specific field, as these are realized in specific contexts of teaching. The elements of a teacher identity in language teaching are derived from a review of literature on teacher identity and described in terms of the foundational and advanced competences required for language teaching, as illustrated by excerpts from teacher narratives. The paper concludes with recommendations for teacher education and professional development with a focus on identity.
Enquiry: Aek Phakiti (aek.phakiti@sydney.edu.au). This is a free seminar.



12th University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium

12th University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium

In conjunction with the Centre for English Teaching (CET), University of Sydney
and the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University
A Free Colloquium
Saturday 9 September, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS

The University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium aims to provide a forum to discuss and share research in the area of TESOL as well as explore possible future research collaborations in the area. The Colloquium is a place for networking, for both established and new TESOL researchers. The Colloquium includes presentation sessions on a wide range of TESOL and TESOL-related research, both in progress and completed. It also includes a networking session for people working in the area of TESOL research. The aim of this is to provide the opportunity for TESOL researchers to talk to each other about their research and to explore possible future research collaborations.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Diane Percorari, City University of Hong Kong, “How unique is plagiarism?
  • Professor Peiying Ji, Fudan University, China, “English Curriculum in Transition: Moving Beyond General English to English for Specific Purposes in China”

Proposals are invited for:

  • 25-minute paper presentations (20 minutes for presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions/discussion)
  • 90-minute symposia (80 minutes for presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions/discussion)

Instructions for submissions:

  • Individual papers: A title, a 250-word abstract plus a 50-word summary of the abstract (plus your name, institution, email and telephone).
  • Symposia: A title, a 500-word abstract plus a 200-word summary of the abstract (plus your name, institution, email and telephone).
  • Submission deadline: Friday 30 June, 2017
  • Notifications on the acceptance of papers and symposia: Monday 17 July, 2017
  • Proposal submission at: http://faculty.edfac.usyd.edu.au/limesurvey/index.php?sid=16498&lang=en

Free Pre-Colloquium Workshops on Friday 8 September, 2017:

  • Workshop (9.00am - 12.00 pm): Professor Diane Percorari, City University of Hong Kong, “Examining intertextuality in second-language writing
  • Workshop (1.00pm - 4.00 pm): Dr Marie Stevenson, The University of Sydney, “Multilingualism and TESOL

Registration for the Workshops (register by Friday 25 August, 2017):

Registration for the Colloquium (register by Friday 25 August, 2017):

Inquiries

Contact Aek Phakiti (aek.phakiti@sydney.edu.au) for inquiries about the Colloquium and Workshops.


TESOL Research Network Colloquium 2016 Events

11th University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium
In conjunction with the Centre for English Teaching (CET), University of Sydney
and the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University

A Free Colloquium
Saturday 10 September, 2016










































Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Research Seminars in TESOL and Language Studies

Appraisal Calibration and Strategic Competence in Second Language Learning or Use: A Fresh Look
Aek Phakiti
The University of Sydney

Date: Wednesday 20th April 2016
Time: 17.00 – 18.00 pm

Venue: Education 458, The University of Sydney
Strategic competence, which constitutes a set of metacognitive strategies (e.g., planning, monitoring, and evaluating) for regulating language use and other cognitive activities has been recognised as a significant cognitive factor that distinguishes successful learners from less successful ones (e.g., Bachman & Palmer 2010; Cohen 2011; Phakiti 2003, 2008; Purpura 1999). This presentation will introduce a cognitive construct called ‘appraisal calibration’ as a significant facet of strategic competence. Appraisal calibration denotes a perfect relationship between appraisal confidence in performance and actual performance outcome. A study of appraisal calibration aims to examine and evaluate an alignment between individuals’ appraisal confidence and their actual performance. Appraisal calibration or miscalibration thus indicates the nature of monitoring and self-appraisal accuracy. Research suggests that people have a tendency to be overconfident in their performance. However, good appraisal calibration is the metacognitive ability that distinguishes successful students from unsuccessful ones. In this presentation, theoretical frameworks underpinning calibration from cognitive and educational psychology will be discussed, along with some key findings from recent studies on second test takers’ calibration and strategic processing. Critical issues of overconfidence and underconfidence on performance will also be addressed. Implications for language teaching and learning, self-assessment practice and future research directions will be articulated.




Aek Phakiti is an Associate Professor in TESOL at The University of Sydney. His current research examines the nature of test takers’ calibration and strategy use in IELTS listening tasks. He is an author of Strategic Competence and EFL Reading Test Performance (Peter Lang, 2007), Experimental Research Methods in Language Learning (Bloomsbury, 2014), and with Carsten Roever, Quantitative Methods for Second Language Research: A problem-solving Approach (Routledge, forthcoming) and Language Testing and Assessment (Bloomsbury, forthcoming, 2018). With Brian Paltridge, he edited Continuum Companion to Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (2010, Continuum) and Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (2015, Bloomsbury) and and with Peter De Costa, Luke Plonsky and Sue Starfield, The Palgrave Handbook of Applied Linguistics Research Methodology (Palgrave, forthcoming). He has published in Language Learning, Language Testing and Language Assessment Quarterly. He is Associate Editor of Language Assessment Quarterly and University of Sydney Papers in TESOL. He is Vice President of ALTAANZ (Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand) (see further at http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/about/staff/profiles/aek.phakiti.php).

Enquiry: Aek Phakiti (aek.phakiti@sydney.edu.au). This is a free seminar.

The 11th University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium

The 11th University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium




In conjunction with the Centre for English Teaching (CET), University of Sydney

and the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University

A Free Colloquium
Saturday 10 September, 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS

The University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium aims to provide a forum to discuss and share research in the area of TESOL as well as explore possible future research collaborations in the area. The Colloquium is a place for networking, for both established and new TESOL researchers. The Colloquium includes presentation sessions on a wide range of TESOL and TESOL-related research, both in progress and completed. It also includes a networking session for people working in the area of TESOL research. The aim of this is to provide the opportunity for TESOL researchers to talk to each other about their research and to explore possible future research collaborations.

Keynote Speakers:
·     Gary Barkhuizen, The University of Auckland
Using narrative frames in language teaching and learning research

·     Natsuko Shintani, The University of Auckland
Explicit grammar instruction for second language writing

Proposals are invited for:
·     25-minute paper presentations (20 minutes for presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions/discussion)
·     90-minute symposia (80 minutes for presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions/discussion)

Instructions for submissions:
·     Individual papers: A title, a 250-word abstract plus a 50-word summary of the abstract (plus your name, institution, email and telephone).
·     Symposia: A title, a 500-word abstract plus a 200-word summary of the abstract (plus your name, institution, email and telephone).


·     Submission deadline: Thursday 30 June, 2016
·     Notifications on the acceptance of papers and symposia: Monday 18 July, 2016

Free Pre-Colloquium Workshops on Friday 9 September, 2016:
·     Workshop 1 (9.00am - 12.00noon): Gary Barkhuizen, The University of Auckland
An overview of narrative methods in language teaching and learning research

·     Workshop 2 (1.00pm - 4.00pm): Natsuko Shintani, The University of Auckland
Learning grammar through writing

Registration for the Workshops (register by Friday 26 August, 2016):


Registration for the Colloquium (register by Friday 26 August, 2016): 


Contact David Hirsh (david.hirsh@sydney.edu.au) for inquiries about the Colloquium and Workshops.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Research Seminars in TESOL and Language Studies

Is Mixed Methods Research the Answer?
James Dean Brown
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Date: Thursday 24th March 2016
Time: 16.00 – 17.00 pm

Venue: Education 325, The University of Sydney
This paper begins by defining the notion of research in TESOL, then moves on to discuss the various characteristics of qualitative and quantitative research, especially within the framework of a qual/quant continuum, wherein qualitative and quantitative research characteristics interact. The paper continues with a definition of mixed methods research (MMR), then explains the most salient features of MMR, while distinguishing among three main varieties of MMR: qualitative mixed, pure mixed, and quantitative mixed methods research. The paper then addresses:
1.      How mixed methods research is different from multi-method research.
2.      How MMR can and should combine the best features of qualitative and quantitative research with the goal of overcoming the weaknesses of each of these research paradigms.
3.      How researchers can combine qualitative and quantitative research strategies so they cross-validate each other by identifying connections between the two and searching for convergence, divergence, and elaboration.
Examples of these techniques are drawn from a large-scale MMR that the presenter recently conducted in Japan. MMR did indeed provide interesting answers.

Enquiry: Aek Phakiti (aek.phakiti@sydney.edu.au). This is a free seminar.

Map, visit http://sydney.edu.au/facilities/maps/guide_01.shtml