We are truly pleased to announce the publication of the 10th volume of the Asian Journal of English Language Studies (AJELS), the official international, peer-reviewed, and open access journal of the Department of English of the University of Santo Tomas (Manila, the Philippines).
The December 2022 volume of AJELS features five research articles. The first article titled “Extensive Reading Research: What Have We Learned and What Questions Remain?” was written by Maria Hidayati, Willy A. Renandya, and Yazid Basthomi. It is a scoping review of extensive reading studies which aims to identify the promising areas of scientific inquiry that may help address the gap as far as research on extensive reading is concerned.
The second article, “The Digital Reshaping of English Instruction in a Philippine University During the Time of Pandemic,” was written by Pia Patricia P. Tenedero, Rachelle B. Lintao, and Marilu R. Madrunio. It explores online English language teaching as a figured world that shapes and is reshaped by discourses and artifacts co-created by the key players in the educational milieu.
The third article titled “Unmasking the Gossipy Chat: Co-operativeness in All-female Conversations” was written by Anne Richie Balgos. It examines the interesting features of all-female conversations. In the end, the paper theorizes about how women co-operate in a conversational floor.
The fourth paper, “Double Padded” Politeness: (Im)politeness in Broadcast Interviews by GMA-7’s Jessica Sojo and ABC-5’s Raffy Tulfo,” was written by Rafael Ibe Santos. The study investigates the politeness strategies used in television news interviews in Filipino and offers a new lens for understanding Filipino politeness.
The fifth and final article in this volume, “Examining the Attitudes towards Translanguaging and Language Positions of Pre-service English Language Teachers,” was written by Belle Beatriex M. Alemania, Jannah Mae Y. Beltran, Mark Ian L. Betancor, Princess Jan Erika G. Eli, Michael Angelo C. Escueta, Mica Janelle T. Espiritu, and Henelsie, B. Mendoza. This paper investigates the translanguaging attitudes and language positions of pre-service English language teachers and how they relate to gender, year level, and academic performance.
This volume would not have been possible without the continued support of the following respected academics who graciously dedicated their time in reviewing the papers submitted to AJELS: Lee Kooi Cheng (National University of Singapore), Carolyn D. Castro (Montgomery College), Isabel P. Martin (Ateneo de Manila University), James F. D’Angelo (Chukyo University), Aiden C. Yeh (Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages), Francisco P. Dumanig (University of Hawaii at Hilo), and Ruanni F. Tupas (University College London). AJELS is also grateful to Krizza Mae C. Balisong, a doctoral student taking up English Language Studies at the University of Santo Tomas, for the editorial assistance she readily extended to the board.