New TESOL in Context Journal volume available now!


The editorial team of TESOL in Context, Dr David Wei Dai, Dr Averil Grieve and Dr Sharon Yahalom from Monash University, is excited to share the latest issue of the journal with you!
Volume 30, Issue 2 of TESOL in Context Journal (2022) is a special issue on interactional competence in the online space.

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Interactional competence (IC) is a concept gaining growing currency in language learning, teaching and assessment. First proposed by Kramsch (1986), IC focuses on developing second language (L2) speakers’ abilities to use language for functional purposes, ranging from “survival as a tourist or a student to negotiating treaties” (p. 366). The conceptualization of language competence as an ability for use differentiates IC from traditional understanding of proficiency, which consists of componential, de-contextualized ability indicators such as lexical range, grammatical soundness, and pronunciation. The ethos of IC emphasizes that language teaching education needs to focus on cultivating L2 speakers’ abilities to use their linguistic resources (e.g., vocabulary and grammar) to achieve meaningful social actions in real-world interactional contexts. This special issue comprises three research articles and three book reviews, each of which exemplifies the ways in which IC can be applied to face-to-face and online learning opportunities for L2 speakers. 

The editors of this special issue, Dr David Wei Dai, Dr Averil Grieve and Dr Sharon Yahalom would like to express a big thank-you to the reviewers, editorial board members and journal coordinator for contributing their time and expertise in the preparation of this issue.

Kind regards,
Skye Playsted
TESOL in Context Journal Coordinator

Dr David Wei Dai, Monash University
Dr Averil Grieve, Monash University
Dr Sharon Yahalom, Monash University