Vol. 7. No. 3 December 2003
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From The Editors


As 2003 comes to a close, we are pleased to offer our 27th issue of TESL-EJ. This issue offers a diverse collection of articles, columns, and reviews, so we're sure there's something for everyone. Our main articles include "The Educational Cultures of International Teaching Assistants and U.S. Universities," by Greta Gorsuch, and "TV News in the EFL/ESL Classroom: Criteria for Selection," by David M. Bell. The Forum offers an interesting discussion of task-based and communicative learning.

As a reminder, our second special issue, focusing on pragmatics in language teaching and learning, and edited by TESL-EJ Editorial Board Member Zohreh Eslami Rasekh, is still accepting submissions. The details are as follows:

Call for Papers
September 2004 Issue
TESL-EJ Special-Topic Issue
Pragmatics in Language Teaching and Learning
Guest Editor: Zohreh Eslami Rasekh

The September 2004 issue of TESL-EJ will focus on current scholarly perspectives and classroom-based practices related to pragmatics in language learning and teaching in different contexts of language learning and teaching.

The editor welcomes submission of high quality papers on topics relevant to the pragmatic development of second language learners, the need for the inclusion of different aspects of pragmatics in instruction, empirical studies comparing native and nonnative speakers pragmatic ability, studies comparing different methods of instruction of different pragmatic aspects, presentation and evaluation of pragmatics in textbooks and teaching materials, use of technology in teaching pragmatics to language learners, effect of instructional context, language proficiency, and other variables on pragmatic development of language learners, and transfer of L1 pragmatic knowledge and strategies to L2.

All submissions must conform to regular TESL-EJ submission guidelines.

The deadline for submission is January 20, 2003.

Manuscripts should be sent to:

Zohreh Eslami Rasekh, Guest Editor
Assistant Professor
Texas A&M University
College of Education
Dept. of Teaching, Learning, and Culture
Multicultual/Urban/ESL/International Education
College Station, Texas

Thank you as always for your support of TESL-EJ. Happy New Year!

Maggie Sokolik

Thomas Robb

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