The five articles in this issue of "Nexus"
illustrate the wide variety of issues that teacher educators deal with. Robert Burch
describes a program that
successfully trains teachers in Egypt and explains how the participants
subsequently reach more teachers so that the impact of the training is greater
than might otherwise be possible.
In a provocative article, Merton K. Bland offers his ideas on how
English should be taught; debating his commandments could enliven any methods
class. Many teacher trainers work
outside their home countries and although they need to upgrade their academic
qualifications are unable to return home; for such people, the two graduate
programs in Japan that Paul Hackshaw describes may meet their needs. Kirsten Schaetzel
reviews a book on how
to teach reading, a vital skill for many learners but one which is not that
easy to teach; this book helps make it easier. Ruth Wajnryb reviews a book that deals with another
hard-to-teach subject, vocabulary, and the book she reviews offers some
interesting ideas on the subject.
With this fourth issue, I am very pleased to report that
"Nexus" has published articles from people working on every continent
except Antarctica. I encourage
readers to submit their own contributions. The journal is mailed to subscribers in over forty
countries--I am sure there is a wealth of experience just waiting to be
shared! Please find information
about how to obtain the guidelines for submission at the end of the
I hope "Nexus" plays a small part in
teacher educators do their work well.
Thank you and enjoy the journal.
Teacher Training Capacity in Egypt:
The School Based Model, by Robert Burch
Ten Commandments for Teaching English, by Merton Bland
A Guide to
Branch Campuses of American Universities:
Getting a Master's Degree in TESL while Working in Japan, by Paul
Review: From Reader to Reading
Teacher, by Jo Ann Aebersold and Mary Lee Field; Reviewed by Kirsten Schaetzel
Review: Vocabulary in Language
Teaching, by N. Schmitt; Reviewed
by Ruth Wajnryb