Demotivating and Remotivating Factors among MA Students of TEFL: An Iranian Case

Rahman Sahragard; Ehsan Ansaripour

Volume 2, Issue 1 , March 2014, , Pages 88-105

  The present study sought to investigate demotivating and remotivating factors among Iranian MA students of TEFL. The participants included 170 male and female (Male= 97, Female= 73) Iranian MA students of TEFL randomly chosen among the students of 10 most well-known state universities of Iran. To collect ...  Read More

The Effects of Planned Instruction on Iranian L2 Learners' Interlanguage Pragmatic Development

Azizullah Mirzaee; Maryam Esmaeili

Volume 1, Issue 1 , March 2013, , Pages 89-100

  L2 research has shown that instruction in L2 pragmatics is necessary. The current study evaluated the impact of explicit instruction on EFL learner's awareness and production of three speech acts of request, apology, and complaint. It also probed whether learners’ language proficiency plays any ...  Read More

Literature Circles Enhancing Cultural Awareness and Language ‎Acquisition for Adult Learners of Arabic

Hayder Al Hamdany; Michelle Picard

Volume 10, Issue 3 , September 2022, , Pages 89-102

  Language and culture are inextricably linked. Consequently, the teaching of cultural awareness as part of additional language instruction is crucial to increasing language proficiency. This paper examines how literature circles are utilized and actively modelled in the teaching and learning of the Arabic ...  Read More

Bourdieu and Genette in Paratext: How Sociology Counts in Linguistic Reasoning

Hisham M. Ali

Volume 6, Issue 2 , September 2018, , Pages 90-101

  While Bourdieu’s theory of practice provides an ensemble of conceptual tools which analyze patterns of social life that are irreducible to the limiting view of individuals as free-acting agents, Genette’s paratextual theory offers the metalanguage necessary to account for the microcosm of ...  Read More

The Question of Re-Presentation In EFL Course Books: Are Learners of English Taught about New Zealand?

Tugba Toprak; Yasemin Aksoyalp

Volume 3, Issue 1 , March 2015, , Pages 91-104

  Increasingly intercultural dimension of communication in the 21st century has brought about challenging aims in EFL (English as a Foreign Language) pedagogy, such as ascertaining the enhancement of the learners' intercultural awareness and promoting their ability to communicate in intercultural settings. ...  Read More

Caliban's Meaning: The Culture of Language

Abobo Kumbalonah

Volume 1, Issue 2 , September 2013, , Pages 104-116

  Drawing largely on Aidoo’s (1970) play, Anowa, as well as lived experiences, I argue on the philosophical flaws of Ashcroft’s (2009) claim that there is no inherent link between language and culture. This essay subsequently explores the implication of my argument on some transformational ...  Read More

Cultural Communicative Styles: The Case of India and Indonesia

Munmun Gupta; Katharina Sukamto

Volume 8, Issue 2 , September 2020, , Pages 105-120

  The present study highlights a number of similarities and differences among cultural communicative styles used in India versus Indonesia. The analysis is based on Hall’s theory (1959, 1966, 1976, 1983) of high-context (HC) and low-context (LC) cultures, and Hofstede’s (2008) cultural dimension ...  Read More

A Comparative Study on Phraseological and Paroemiological ‎Units with Coloronyms Black in German, Russian, and Tatar

Albina Fanilevna Mukhamadiarova; Mariya Alexandrovna Kulkova; Yuriy Viktorovich Kobenko; Alina Eduardovna Rakhimova

Volume 8, 3 (Special Issue on Russian Culture and Language) , December 2020, , Pages 63-71

  This article deals with a comparative analysis of phraseological and paroemiological units with the component coloronym black / Schwarz, черный, кара in German, Russian, and Tatar. We have analyzed 85 phraseological units and paroemias in German, 50 in Russian, and 99 in Tatar, extracted by ...  Read More

Development of Foreign Language Professionally Discursive ‎Competence of Future Diplomats

Agnur Khalel; Altnay Zhaitapova; Fatima Mamedova; Elnara Dulayeva

Volume 9, 2 (Themed Issue on Modern Realities of National Languages of CIS Countries) , August 2021, , Pages 74-84

  The topic of discursive foreign language skills is a major problem that needs to be studied in the context of a new educational paradigm. On the basis of analysis, the authors allocated the component of foreign language professionally discursive competence of future diplomats. Based on communicative ...  Read More

Active Learning for Omani At-Risk Students through Educational ‎Technology: A Case of Content-Based ‎Language Instruction

Haitham Y. Adarbah; Haniyeh Jajarmi

Volume 10, 2 (Themed Issue on the Socio-Psychology of Language) , July 2022, , Pages 82-91

  In recent decades, content-based instruction (CBI) has been increasingly used worldwide with the aim of developing students’ English language competency, particularly in their area of specialization. However, its implementation has not been without problems, and researchers have been seeking and ...  Read More

Translation Norms and the Importation of the Novel into Persian

Omid Azadibougar

Volume 2, Issue 2 (Special Issue on Translation, Society and Culture) , September 2014, , Pages 89-102

  The exportation of modern novel from European languages to other literatures has long been the object of study and has been, most recently, evoked in discussions of World Literature. The introduction of modern novel into the Persian literary system through translation occurred about the turn of the twentieth ...  Read More

Lexical Semantics and Selection of TAM in Bantu Languages: A Case of Semantic Classification of Kiswahili Verbs

Amani Lusekelo

Volume 4, 1 (Special Issue on African Cultures and Languages) , March 2016, , Pages 89-102

  The existing literature on Bantu verbal semantics demonstrated that inherent semantic content of verbs pairs directly with the selection of tense, aspect and modality formatives in Bantu languages like Chasu, Lucazi, Lusamia, and Shiyeyi. Thus, the gist of this paper is the articulation of semantic classification ...  Read More

First-Encounter Talks between Younger and Older Adults in Taiwan: A Conversation Analysis Approach

Chin-Hui Chen

Volume 5, Issue 2 , September 2017, , Pages 91-104

  Outside of Western contexts, natural-conversation-based research on intergenerational communication is relatively rare. To help redress this imbalance, this paper explores the conversational styles of first-encounter talks between five pairs of college students and older adults in Taiwan, and infers ...  Read More

The Conceptual Metaphors Formed by Culture in the Functioning of the Autumn Word in the Works of Russian Poetry

Gulshat Ahmathanovna Hayrutdinova; Xiaoxu Wang; Xinxin Zhang

Volume 9, Issue 3 , September 2021, , Pages 91-100

  It is obvious that investigating a text or a poem, regardless of the culture of the period in which the writer or poet lived, is futile. The current study explores the conceptual metaphors formed by culture in the functioning of the autumn word in the works of Russian poetry. The relevance of the work ...  Read More

Minority Language Policy and Planning in the Micro Context of the City: The Case of Manchester

Mohamed Fathi Ahmed Othman

Volume 8, Issue 1 , March 2020, , Pages 92-110

  This paper investigates service provisions in community languages offered by Manchester City Council and agencies working alongside to find out whether there is an explicit language policy in Manchester, how such a policy is formulated, how it functions, and how it is reflected in education. Data was ...  Read More

Funds of Knowledge: An Underrated Tool for School Literacy and Student Engagement

Debalina Maitra

Volume 5, Issue 1 , March 2017, , Pages 94-102

  This chief aim of this paper is to explore the concept of Funds of Knowledge (FOK) in relation to Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT). This study unveils the basic tenets of FOK from the lens of activity theory and analyzes pertinent discoveries, key concepts, and scholars’ arguments relating ...  Read More

Contemporary Sociopolitical Functions of the “Allahu Akbar” Ritual Speech Act in Today’s Muslim Communities: A Focus on the Iranian Society

Mohammad Ghazanfari; Atena Attaran; Mohammad Zabetipour

Volume 7, 2 (Special Issue on Iranians Views of Cultural Issues) , September 2019, , Pages 94-106

  As an Islamo-Arabic utterance,throughout the history of Islam, “Allahu Akbar” has been widely used as one of the most influential religious slogans since the advent of Islam in the 7th century CE. However, during the last four decades, it has gained a fairly global reputation thanks to various ...  Read More

Media Literature and Its Impact on People's Culture

Tatyana Anatolievna Spirchagova; Svetlana Evgenevna Nikitina; Maria Nikolaevna Spirchagova

Volume 9, Issue 1 , March 2021, , Pages 94-101

  Due to its nature and content, the media is related to almost all different economic, social, cultural, and political dimensions of societies and can be claimed to be one of the influential variables in today's societies. The formation of a country's image in foreign media is a direct reflection of the ...  Read More

English Language Teaching in Iran: A Case of Shifting Sands, Ambiguity, and Incoherent Policy and Practice

Mostafa Morady Moghaddam; Neil Murray

Volume 7, Issue 1 , March 2019, , Pages 96-105

  English language teaching (ELT) in Iran has experienced a turbulent history reflecting an often dynamic context and changing attitudes toward English, yet framed within a discourse of tolerance rather than one of embrace, as this study is going to show. The discourse was much brighter before the Islamic ...  Read More

A Socio-Cultural Study of Pedagogical Practices inside Syrian EFL Classrooms

Taha Rajab

Volume 3, Issue 2 , September 2015, , Pages 97-114

  This paper reports on an exploratory study that explores the instructional patterns within English as a Foreign Language (EFL) secondary school classrooms in Syria. Recently, the Syrian Ministry of Education (MoE) has introduced a new national curriculum which recommends a shift in EFL teachers’ ...  Read More

The Impact of English Cultural Awareness on Indonesian ‎Advanced EFL Learners’ Grammar Knowledge

Mashudi Mashudi; Agung Nurmansyah; Natalya Ryafikovna Saenko; Asep Nurjamin; Svetlana Rafaelyevna Sharifullina

Volume 10, Issue 1 , March 2022, , Pages 99-108

  The current research examined the impacts of English cultural awareness on Indonesian EFL students’ grammar knowledge. To achieve this objective, 40 advanced participants were chosen according to their performance on the Oxford Quick Placement Test (OQPT). Then, the participants were equally divided ...  Read More

Greetings and Politeness in Doctor-Client Encounters in Southwestern Nigeria

Akinola Odebunmi

Volume 1, Issue 1 , March 2013, , Pages 101-117

  Doctors and clients sometimes experience interactive clashes during hospital meetings in South-western Nigerian hospitals because of their divergent culture-constrained orientation to politeness cues. The goal of this paper is to unpack the discursive elements that characterize interactive confluence ...  Read More

Dynamic Categorization of Semantics of Fashion Language: A Memetic Approach

Rong Zeng; Xu Wen

Volume 6, Issue 1 , March 2018, , Pages 101-114

  Categories are not invariant. This paper attempts to explore the dynamic nature of semantic category, in particular, that of fashion language, based on the cognitive theory of Dawkins’ memetics, a new theory of cultural evolution. Semantic attributes of linguistic memes decrease or proliferate ...  Read More

Persian Diasporic Bloggers and Virtual Performance of Cultural Identities

Samad Zare

Volume 6, Issue 2 , September 2018, , Pages 102-112

  This paper focuses on the concept of consciousness and liminality in the Iranian Diaspora and the way Iranians create digital diasporas where they can practise cultural identities outside the homeland. The discussion elaborates on the concept of traditional dowreh (family/social circle) in the fibre ...  Read More

Existential Loneliness in Kazakh Literature and Modern World Literature: Insights from Metaphors and Frame-Based Analysis

Oralsyn Rakymzhan; Berdibai Shalabay; Omirgul Zhumagulova; Gulden Kazhibaeva; Ibagul Кairbekova

Volume 10, Issue 3 , September 2022, , Pages 103-116

  Existential loneliness is a topic of debate that has been explored over three centuries. Nineteenth-century novelists contributed to cognition-based existentialism in a way that has shaped our contemporary understanding and conceptualization. This study investigates the thematic coverage of existential ...  Read More