Vol. 6. No. 3 December 2002
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From The Editors


All of us at TESL-EJ wish you a happy and peaceful 2003. Issue 6.3 is another excellent addition to our growing archives, and we hope you will enjoy and learn from your colleagues' contributions.

In this issue you will find two main articles, "Variation in EFL-ESL Peer Response" by Adina Levine, Brenda Oded, Ulla Connor and Iveta Asons, as well as "'Noticing' in SLA: Is it a valid concept?" by Jeremy Cross. These main articles are augmented by many new reviews of books and media. In addition, our new "On the Internet" Editor, Vance Stevens, brings us "A Day in the Life of an Online Language Educator," and Karen Stanley, our Forum Editor brings us "Perspectives on Plagiarism in the ESL/EFL Classroom."

All in all, it's been an exciting year here. We continue to be recognized throughout the world as a valuable contribution to the field. We are included in more and more indexes, databases, and websites. Typing "TESL-EJ" into Google.com shows 4,630 links; typing "TESL" alone puts us in second place on Google, and "EJ" alone, in first. Typing TESL-EJ into http://www.googlism.com (to find out what has been said about a site or person), the following statements appear:

"TESL-EJ is a freely distributed academic journal and internationally recognized source of ESL and EFL information on the web since 1994." --Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (http://www.adultedteachers.org)

"TESL-EJ is known throughout the world as a dynamic and reliable source of research and information in English as a second or foreign language." --Toronto Catholic District School Board (http://www.tcdsb.on.ca)

"TESL-EJ is the electronic journal site that is most popular." --Queensland University of Technology (http://www.fed.qut.edu.au)

If this seems a bit self-congratulatory, it's not meant to be. It is, instead, a testimony to all the hard work that volunteers do to maintain the quality and reliability of the journal. Thanks to them, and to all of you for your support and participation.

As a reminder, next September, we will offer a special issue on Second Language Strategy Research, which will be edited by Neil Anderson of Brigham Young University. The Call for Papers is found below, and you still have two weeks to submit your manuscripts for this 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.

Thank you again for your support,

Maggie Sokolik

Thomas Robb

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