We are happy to report a strengthening of the editorial team with the addition of a number of senior international scholars. The international coverage of the journal continues, with contributors from five countries (including our first paper from Latin America). Showing the growing recognition of the need for collaborative activity, seven of the ten papers are jointly authored.
The topics continue to represent our wide range of interests. Two deal with important issues of language policy. One of these is a pioneering review of programs for training and recognizing the qualifications of English teachers in Asian countries; one of its authors is the President and founder of Asia TEFL, and this paper will no doubt serve as the basis for continued discussion of how to improve teacher training: papers at the Bali conference will continue this theme. The second is a critical consideration of a national English strategy and curriculum in one country (Japan) that can well serve as the basis for debate and discussion of the state of English language teaching in Asia. Two other articles report on studies of the relevance and value of new technologies in English teaching.
There are in addition six additional contributions to research in our field, including two papers on aspects of communicative ability (recognized as a serious problem in Asia, three devoted to research on aspects of vocabulary teaching (the importance of collocation to lexical learning, the use of lexical chains as a pre-reading exercise, the incidental learning of lexicon), and one on the contribution of feedback to improving writing skills.
The editorial team continues to maintain high standards, and to select for publication those papers which show original and solid research, with strong empirical support, on topics of wide current relevance and interest.
Ahsan, Nasreen Mujahida (Aga Khan University, Pakistan) Alsagoff, Lubna (Nanyang Techological University, Singapore) Alwan, Fatma (UAE Ministry of Education, UAE) Anderson, Neil (Brigham Young University, USA) Andrews, Stephen (Hong Kong University, Hong Kong) Baldauf, Richard (University of Queensland, Australia) Barnard, Roger (University of Waikato, New Zealand) Burns, Anne (Macquarie University, Australia) Butler, Yuko (University of Pennsylvania, USA) Carter, Ronald (University of Nottingham, UK) Farrell, Thomas (Brock University, Canada) Gaudart, Hyacinth (University of Malaya, Malaysia) Gill, Saran Kaur (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia) Khan, Farhat (Aligarh Muslim University, India) Kwon, Oryang (Seoul National University, Korea) Lee, Won-Key (Seoul National University of Education, Korea) Levy, Mike (Griffith University, Australia) Lin, Angel M. Y. (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) Littlewood, William (Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong) Liu, Jun (University of Arizona, USA) McCarthy, Michael (University of Nottingham, UK) Nakatni, Yasuo (Tokyo University of Science, Japan) Nunan, David (Anaheim University, Hong Kong) Randall, Mick (British University in Dubai, UAE) Ratwatte, Hemamala Vajira Madawala (Open University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka) Riazi, Mehdi (Shiraz University, Iran) Siddiqui, Shahid (Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan) Tou, Asruddin (Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia) VanLier, Leo (Monterey Institute of International Studies, Thailand) Vilches, Malru (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines) Wen, Qiufang (Beijing Foreign Studies University, China) Yoshida, Kensaku (Sophia University, Japan)
Editorial Board (Editors)
Abdullah, Mardziah Hayati (Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia) Gupta, RS (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India) Ko, Jungmin (Sungshin University, Korea) Hamied, Fuad Abdul (Indonesia University of Education, Indonesia) Ho, Mei Lin Caroline (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) Lee, Hee-Kyung (Yonsei University, Korea) Li, David C.S. (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) Lianzhen, He (Zhejiang University, China) Moon, Young-in (University of Seoul, Korea) Perfecto, Marianne (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines) Rahman, Arifa (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh) Shim, Jin-Young (Open Cyber University, Korea) Sitthitikul, Pragasit (Walailak University, Thailand) Suzuki, Toshihiko (Sophia University, Japan) Wasanasomsithi, Punchalee (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)