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Editorial… 

Welcome to the Sixth Issue of ‘The Warwick ELT’!

We are very happy to present the sixth issue of The Warwick ELT e-zine. In keeping with previous issues of ‘The Warwick ELT’, the May 2017 issue presents articles from contributors who come from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Each contributor presents their unique voice, providing an insight into their own individual and contextualised experience. Most of the articles are from MA students from the the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick, whilst we are pleased to also present an article from a Warwick alumna, now studying for a PhD at the Open University.

In this issue, Chrysovalantou Karvouniari, in her article ‘The Role of Motivation in Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Create an effective learning environment, examines the crucial role of motivation in language learning and teaching, applying theory to her own language learning experiences within the Greek context. Georgia Dimitrakopoulou, in her article ‘Introducing Task-Based Pedagogy to Young Language Learners, explores Task-Based Language Pedagogy (TBLT), focusing on how to adapt tasks for young learners, and on the relevance of tasks in Greece. Sofia Mitri, in her article Differences between Novels and Films – Ways to use films and videos in literature teaching’, outlines the differences between the genres of film and novel, both in terms of their narrative qualities and the experiences of the reader or viewer. She goes on to suggest a number of ways that teachers may exploit these media within the  classroom. In her article ‘Are Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Educational Research Compatible?’, Saraswati Dawadi describes the quantitative and qualitative approaches to educational research, discussing the extent to which they are compatible.  Finally, Sagun Shresta, in his article ‘How Does the Text Act? An Investigation of a Call for Letters to Obama’, explains the central tenets of Discourse Analysis, before applying them to a newspaper article commenting on the last U.S. presidential election.

For ease of access, each of the articles can be found hyperlinked below:

  1. The Role of Motivation in Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Create an Effective Learning Environment by Chrysovalantou Karvouniari
  2. Introducing Task-Based Pedagogy to Young Language Learners by Georgia Dimitrakopoulou
  3. Differences Between Novels and Films – Ways to use Films and Videos in Literature Teaching by Sofia Mitri
  4. Are Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to Educational Research Compatible? by Saraswati Dawadi
  5. How Does the Text Act? An Investigation of a Call for Letters to Obama by Sagun Shresta

It is our sincere hope that this month’s contributions will be of benefit to those who read them, helping them to gain further insights into a number of important topics within English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics. We sincerely welcome any comments which the content of the e-zine may inspire, in the hope that they might lead to open academic debate.

Finally, we would like to thank all of those whose effort has gone into the creation of this edition of the e-zine.

Issue editors,

Wong Hei Yu (Hayley) and Henry Pickup.

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