Vol. 6. No. 1 June 2002
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From The Editors


We would first like to use this forum to ask for assistance from among our readers. We are currently seeking interested parties for the following:

Media Review Editor

Amy Burns Short will be ending her tenure as our Media Review Editor. We thank her for her service to the journal.

The ideal candidate will have these requirements:

  1. An understanding of, and familiarity with, software and websites pertaining to ESL/EFL and second language learning
  2. Funding for postal mail (shipping software to reviewers, when needed)
  3. Reliable e-mail and Internet connections
  4. Good writing and editing skills

If you are interested, please contact either of the editors at our e-mail addresses listed below.


We are grateful for the large number of manuscripts we are receiving, but find that we are taxing our existing reviewers. If you would like to review manuscripts for publication, please contact Maggie Sokolik, Editor, at the address below. Please indicate the areas in which you feel competent to review manuscripts. We ask that manuscripts be reviewed within 4 weeks. All transactions are done via e-mail.

We are also happy to welcome a new Editorial Board member, Jun Liu. Jun received his Ph.D. in Foreign and Second Language Education at Ohio State University in 1996, prior to teaching for ten years in China as a university language educator. He is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona. His research interests include second language acquisition focusing on sociocultural and sociopolitical aspects of second language learning and teaching in both ESL and EFL contexts, classroom-oriented research methodology, and L2 writing. A Spencer fellow and an AERA research grant recipient, Jun is also the recipient of The 1999 TESOL Newbury House Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Unfortunately, two members are leaving the Board. We thank Donna Lardiere and Gwendolyn Gong for their service to the journal, and wish them well in the many projects they are involved with.

In this issue, you will find two lead articles: "The contextual reshaping of beliefs about L2 writing: Three teachers' practical process of theory construction," by Sima Sengupta & Maida Kennedy Xiao. The second is "Students' Perceptions of English Learning through ESL/EFL Websites," by Shiao-Chuan Kung & Tun-Whei Chuo. We also have a Classroom Focus article in this issue, focusing on Japan, entitled, "Using High Level Students As Teaching Assistants In A Mixed Ability Classroom," by  Sean Maddalena. (On a personal note, Maggie Sokolik would like to add that she had the pleasure of a recent visit to Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where she met the authors of "Students' Perceptions...."). As always, the usual complement of reviews and edited columns add to the variety and wealth of information we hope you will read.

The Internet has come a long way since TESL-EJ first went online in 1995. We originally set up mirror sites on four continents in order to ensure speedy download of articles. In 2002, however, intercontinental connection speed is no longer an issue. Furthermore, tightened security measures at host sites are making uploads more problematic, and only two respondents to a survey of the readership claimed that a reduction in the number of sites would be problematic. Starting with Volume 6, we reduce the sites to two, Berkeley and Kyoto. We extend our gratitude to Janet Sutherland (University of Bremen) and Lloyd Holliday (La Trobe University) for putting up with us for so many years. We also thank all of the survey participants who took time to help us make this decision.

As always, we thank you for your support of the journal. Let us know what you think.

Maggie Sokolik

Thomas Robb

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