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Title: Research in English language teaching and learning in Israel (2004–2009)
Author: Larissa Aronin
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Institution: Oranim Academic College
Author: Bernard Spolsky
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Homepage: http://www.biu.ac.il/faculty/spolsb
Institution: Bar-Ilan University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: The goal of this article is to make research on English language teaching and learning published locally in Israel more widely available. Given that so many Israeli researchers are internationally trained and maintain wide connections, it necessarily omits much important work that appears in European and US journals. It focuses on shorter studies, commonly unfunded, that university teachers in EFL programs or in teacher training programs at smaller colleges conduct in their own time. It represents a wide range of good quality research, ‘glocal’ in that its local production does not compromise potential contributions to global concerns. The main themes treated are the early start of teaching English, the development of an integrated methodology, detailed studies of the teaching of lexicon and writing, specialized studies of dyslexia, computer-assisted instruction, English for academic purposes, and teaching Israeli students who already know some English from home or visits abroad. The overall quality of the research is high, matching all but a few top international journals.

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