We are pleased to share with TIRF Today readers that the seventh volume in the TIRF-Routledge series, “Global Research on Teaching and Learning English,” has entered into production. Chinese-Speaking Learners of English: Research, Theory, and Practice is expected to be published by early 2020.
This latest volume combines cutting-edge research from multiple internationally known scholars. The chapters offer unique insights into some of the most salient issues related to the broad topic of language learning and teaching in Chinese-speaking contexts. TIRF Chief Operating Officer, Ryan Damerow, teamed up with TIRF President, Dr. Kathi Bailey, to co-edit the volume. And TIRF supporter, Ms. Kalina Swanson, played an indispensable role in serving as the editorial assistant and project manager.
This book features chapters with original research written by TIRF Doctoral Dissertation Grant awardees. The volume addresses the crucial and growing need for research-based conversations on the contexts, environments, goals, and measures of success for Chinese-speaking learners of English. It includes sections on language assessment, perceptions in university contexts, and technology, especially in relation to young learners, in order to promote in-depth discussion of the teaching and learning of English for native speakers of Chinese. The volume’s 13 research-based chapters discuss topics such as the impact and implications of using emerging assessment tools; the increase in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses; academic speaking and writing; and teaching in an online or hybrid environment. Throughout the book, the authors draw on their knowledge of their multiple contexts, as well as their learners’ needs and goals.
This volume brings together innovative research for TESOL and TEFL students, language teacher educators, language policy specialists, language assessment scholars, and language teachers. Readers will become familiar with how these issues related to Chinese-speaking learners of English are being addressed in academic circles around the world.
We are pleased to note that all the authors agreed to forego any royalties or honoraria, so that any profits realized from the sale of the volume can be dedicated to TIRF’s ongoing programs. We hope you will enjoy the result!