This is the Guest edition that focuses on literature and culture in relation to EAL. Recent research reveals the pressing need to find ways to develop academic language and deep word knowledge in bilingual learners (Vazquez, 2010).
The papers presented here indicate that in studying texts from an intercultural perspective and through a range of mediums, EAL learners can start to empathise and understand the musicality of different varieties of language and understand both the local and global in acts of reading (Macleroy, 2013).
View from the Chair (page 2)
Editorial: Literature, Culture and EAL (page 3)
To what extent can the planned use of humour positively affect the attitudes and achievement of early stage secondary EAL students? (page 4)
Including English as an additional language (EAL) students in Spoken Word Education (page 13)
Arabic is the Language of Heaven: Motivation, Identity and Communities of Practice amongst Muslim Heritage Arabic L2 Learners (page 22)
Culture, Language, Learning and Social Integration (page 30)
Identity texts and their pedagogical use in the kindergarten (page 34)