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Reflections on English Language Teaching

Volume 5, Number 2 December 2006

Centre for English Language Communication National University of Singapore


Reflections on English Language Teaching has been set up by the Centre for English Language Communication (CELC) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a forum for research on theoretical and pedagogical issues which face language teachers and researchers. Publication Advisor: Chief Editor: Editors: Wong Lian Aik, Director, CELC T. Ruanni F. Tupas Deng Xudong Maria Luisa Sadorra Susan Lopez-Nerney Chitra Varaprasad

International Editorial Advisory Board

Desmond Allison

Carleton University

Allan Luke

Queensland University of Technology

Neil J. Anderson

Brigham Young University

Alison Mackey

Georgetown University

Richard Badger

University of Leeds

Ian Malcolm

Edith Cowan University

Maria Lourdes Bautista

De La Salle University-Manila

Numa P. Markee

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Vijay K. Bhatia

City University of Hong Kong

Peter Martin

University of East London

Hyun-Sook Chung

International Graduate School of English, Korea

Paul Kei Matsuda

University of New Hampshire

Thomas S. C. Farrell

Brock University

Denise Murray

Macquarie University

Susan Hunston

University of Birmingham

Michiko Nakano

Waseda University

Tom Hutchinson

Oxford University Press

David Nunan

University of Hong Kong

Johanna E. Katchen

National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Rebecca Oxford

University of Maryland

Ryuko Kubota

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

N.S. Prabhu

Bangalore, India

B. Kumaravadivelu

San Jose State University

Rani Rubdy

National Institute of Education, Singapore

Diane Larsen-Freeman

University of Michigan

Moses Samuel

University of Malaya

Jennifer Jenkins

King's College, London

Kari Smith

University of Bergen

Lee, Fong King Cynthia

Hong Kong Baptist University

Brian Tomlinson

Leeds Metropolitan University

Constant Leung

King's College, London

Amy B. M. Tsui

University of Hong Kong

Y. N. Leung

National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

Mark Warschauer

University of California, Irvine

Dilin Liu

University of Alabama

Qiufang Wen

Nanjing University

Jun Liu

University of Arizona

Lawrence Zhang

National Institute of Education, Singapore

© Centre for English Language Communication, NUS 2006 First published 2006 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by means--electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise-- without the prior permission of the Centre for English Language Communication. ISSN 0219-8398



Articles The Naturalized Role-play: An innovative methodology in cross-cultural and interlanguage pragmatics research

Giao Quynh Tran, The University of Melbourne


"Don't worry a lot, dear!": Reflections of PRC ESL learners on their English language learning experience

Fong Yoke Sim, National University of Singapore

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Children using dictogloss to focus on form

Juliana Shak, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Reading strategies: Caught or taught?

Chitra Varaprasad, National University of Singapore

Book clubs and extensive reading in a predominantly media-oriented world: Reflections on an experience in Croatia

Melanija Marusic, University of Split ´


Voices from the Classroom Helping Chinese EFL students develop learner autonomy through portfolios

Zhenhui Rao, Jiangxi Normal University


English Prime: A pedagogical tool in teaching writing to law matriculation students in Kedah, Malaysia

Ho Chui Chui, Universiti Teknologi MARA Kedah


Announcement of the Second CELC Symposium Submission guidelines

128 inside back cover




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