Vol. 6. No. 2 September 2002
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From The Editors


Welcome to this issue of TESL-EJ. We continue to grow and evolve, and we're happy that we are able to maintain broad international support from both our readers and our contributors.

With this issue, we see the departure of two column editors. Jim Duber offers his last On the Internet column "Mad Blogs and Englishmen". We thank him for his excellent contributions to the journal and wish him luck in his many future endeavors. We are pleased to announce that Vance Stevens will be taking over the On the Internet column with the December issue. Vance is an AMIDEAST consultant and CALL Coordinator for the UAE/Military Language Institute Project in Abu Dhabi. He is well known for his work in CALL and ESL/EFL.

Amy Burns Short ends her Media Review Editorship as well.We thank her for her valuable contributions. We welcome a new Media Review Editor, Tom Delaney. Tom is affiliated with the Institute of Foreign Language Education and Research, Kansai University, Osaka.

Again, we thank both Jim and Amy for their fine work, and look forward to the contributions of our new editors.

Finally, next September, we will offer a special issue on Second Language Strategy Research, which will be edited by Neil Anderson of Brigham Young University (currently on a working sabbatical in Costa Rica). The Call for Papers is found below, and we encourage contributions to this very exciting upcoming issue.

Call for Papers
September 2003 Issue
TESL-EJ Special-Topic Issue

L2 Strategy Research and Training
Editor: Neil J. Anderson

Perceptive second/foreign language (L2) learners are those who are aware of and use appropriate strategies for learning and communicating in a second language. Strategies are the conscious actions that learners take to improve their language learning. Because strategies are conscious, there is active involvement of the L2 learner in their selection and use. Strategies are not an isolated action, but rather a process of orchestrating more than one action to accomplish a language-learning task.

The September 2003 issue of TESL-EJ will focus on current scholarly perspectives and classroom-based practices related to language learning strategies. The purpose of this special-topic issue is to bring together a variety of perspectives and current practices related to strategy research from the range of settings in which it occurs.

The editor welcome submissions that are written in a clear, accessible style. Scholarly perspectives, like all submissions, should include direct implications for TESL-EJ readers' own professional practice. Possible contributions include, but are not limited to:

  • Review articles on the state of the art in strategy training
  • Research findings on the impact of specific strategy training
  • How strategy training is made accessible to L2 learners
  • The role of the teacher in successful strategy training

These topics listed are meant to be illustrative, not restrictive. All submissions must conform to regular TESL-EJ submission guidelines.

Neil J. Anderson


The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2003.

Finally, to speed up communication about submissions, we ask contributors of articles to use the following e-mail address:


Thank you again for your support,

Maggie Sokolik

Thomas Robb

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