We are pleased to present the eighth issue of the Warwick ELT e-zine. In this issue, we are delighted to have contributions, from students of the MA in Applied Linguistics and the MSc in Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions. The articles of this issue are related to different areas of English Language Teaching, like conversation analysis, culture in ELT and Ethnography as an approach to language teaching. The first author, Laila Mufidah in her article, Relational Talk in an Institutional Setting: A Case of Mobile Network Provider presents the findings of a conversation analysis applied to the interaction between an assistant manager of a service provider and two potential customers, taking into account how a relational talk is accomplished in an institutional context. Frazer Smith in his article, Investigating the role of Culture for ELT Materials in Japan explores how notions of culture are commonly understood and questions the extent to which such representations are useful for English language teaching purposes, considering his teaching experience in the Japanese context. Last but not least, Anastasia Stavridou proposes a practical teaching tip in her article Ethnography as an Approach to Language-and-culture Teaching and Learning. She highlights the use of ethnography as a tool to teach language and culture to non-native speakers of English, presenting a sample activity based on a traditional Greek feast day, Shrove Tuesday, commonly known as Pancake Day.
For ease of access, the link for each article can be found below:
- Relational Talk in an Institutional Setting: A Case of Mobile Network Provider by Laila Mufidah
- Investigating the Role of Culture for ELT Materials in Japan by Frazer Smith
- Ethnography as an Approach to Language-and-culture Teaching and Learning by Anastasia Stavridou
We hope that the articles included in this issue may contribute for professional development and future research, and may enhance a critical perspective about different aspects related to linguistics and culture that intervene in the process of teaching and learning a language.
Jayantha Ratnayake, Maricarmen Gamero and Noel Franco Jr.