Exploring the Patterns of Evaluative Language in Physics Blurbs: The Appraisal Strategies in Focus

Alireza Jalilifar; Reza Banari; Zohreh Gooniband Shooshtari

Volume 7, Issue 1 , March 2019, Pages 1-15

  The current study qualitatively examined blurbs in the discipline of physics which is perceived to be less infused with evaluative resources and more objective and impersonal in its textual argumentation. The study followed the appraisal framework proposed by Martin and White (2005) to see how interpersonal ...  Read More

Language Education Policy in Developing Nations from Colonization to Postcolonialism

Amanda Dascomb

Volume 7, Issue 1 , March 2019, Pages 16-26

  The purpose of this article is to evaluate the role that colonization played in language education policy and illustrate the need for first language instruction. Using postcolonial scholar Franz Fanon, the reasons for and consequences of using a second language medium of instruction in postcolonial nations ...  Read More

Reclaiming the Secular: Developing Dialogic Skills for a Post-Secular Society

Antony Luby

Volume 7, Issue 1 , March 2019, Pages 27-39

  This research paper addresses secularization from both political and religious perspectives. One of its manifestations in the political sphere is that of globalization that can lead to alienation within society; and in the United Kingdom this is exemplified by Brexit. Within the religious sphere secularization ...  Read More

Attitude of Muslim Students towards English Idioms and Proverbs

Mohammad Hossein Keshavarz; Majed Amro

Volume 7, Issue 1 , March 2019, Pages 40-51

  This study aimed at investigating the attitude of Muslim students towards the use of certain English idioms and proverbs. Thirty Muslim students were asked to express their reactions and feelings towards two categories of English idioms and proverbs: the first category included idioms and proverbs containing ...  Read More

Comparison of Approaches for Language Revitalization of Northern Khmer in Thailand

Siripen Ungsitipoonporn; Kumaree Laparporn

Volume 7, Issue 1 , March 2019, Pages 52-66

  Although 1.4 million people speak Northern Khmer in Thailand, they are aware that their language is still in decline. To deal with this threat, native speakers have cooperated with linguists from Mahidol University to work on a community-based research project since 2007. Teaching the Northern Khmer ...  Read More

Cultural Identity among Iranian English Language Teachers

Saeed Rezaei; Ava Bahrami

Volume 7, Issue 1 , March 2019, Pages 67-82

  This survey investigated the cultural identity of Iranian English language teachers. Accordingly, a cultural identity model was proposed a priori, based on which a questionnaire was developed and piloted on 50 Iranian English language teachers (α = 0.87). The developed questionnaire was then administered ...  Read More

The Gender of the Addressee as a Factor in the Selection of Apology Strategies: The Case of Saudi and British

Israa Qari

Volume 7, Issue 1 , March 2019, Pages 83-95

  This paper was set out to investigate the main cultural differences between Saudi and British participants making apologies with a focus on the role of the gender of the addressee in the selection of apology strategies in gender-segregated vs. coed societies. Written questionnaires were used to collect ...  Read More

English Language Teaching in Iran: A Case of Shifting Sands, Ambiguity, and Incoherent Policy and Practice

Mostafa Morady Moghaddam; Neil Murray

Volume 7, Issue 1 , March 2019, Pages 96-105

  English language teaching (ELT) in Iran has experienced a turbulent history reflecting an often dynamic context and changing attitudes toward English, yet framed within a discourse of tolerance rather than one of embrace, as this study is going to show. The discourse was much brighter before the Islamic ...  Read More

Mainland Chinese Students’ Shifting Perceptions of Chinese-English Code-Mixing in Macao

Kun Zhang

Volume 7, Issue 1 , March 2019, Pages 106-117

  As a former Portuguese colony, Macao is the only region in China where Cantonese, a variety of Chinese, and English, an international language, are enjoying de facto official statuses, with Putonghua being a quasi-official language and Portuguese being another official language. Recently, with an increasing ...  Read More