Blue Flower

Notes from the editors

This is the second issue of VIA. The editors would like to express the greatest appreciation to all the authors, the essential reviewers and the editorial board members. Lastly, a special thanks to the new web master, Mr. Kaenchan, who has given VIA a facelift since it has been online.

In this issue, Mascara, Lau and Lin compare recommendation letters issued by Indian and British authors using rhetorical move analysis and appraisal theory. Educational institutions and evaluators will gain better understanding about the writing cultures of Indians and British authors as well as an insight when assessing recommendation letters from other cultures. Lai's study, "Can Oral Conferencing Facilitate EFL Postgraduate Student Writing?" shifts to writing pedagogy in relation to oral conferencing. Specifically, the researcher reveals how oral conferencing encourages writing students' awareness in terms of syntax, lexis and organizational structure. On the other hand, a Vietnamese researcher, Thu, uses a theoretical guide to study difficulties in teaching vocabulary to elementary adult learners at a university in Vietnam. Thu finds major difficulties and also proposes practical suggestions. Next Tseng examined the ways in which visual and verbal slements are integrated to shape EFL student's online writing as a social and multimodal practice. Relevant pedagogical implications of integrating multimodality in EFL writing pedagogy are also discussed. Similarly, Kongpolphrom also focus on writing skill. Her article, Move Analysis on Argumentative Essay of English For Tourism, reveals essential components most students must access to effectively write an argumentative essay for ecotourism. Along the same line in a different country, Loan and Pramoolsook shed light on relationship between abstract and introductions in TESOL master' thesis in Vietnam using Chen and Kuo's framework. They suggest that explicit, genre-based instruction is compulsory to encourage awareness of the two genres among Vietnamese writers. Thienthong and Lian, whose article entitled " The Use of Internet Resources and Applications for Language Instruction," employ a mixed method to investigate how language teachers have used online resources. The article also reveals how language teachers from the northeastern Thailand utilize the resources to enhance their professional development. Language teachers in general will also benefit from their findings. Finally, Chen examines young adults' identity construction in Asynchronous Computer-Mediated

Communication(ACMC) in Taiwan.

Beside these research articles, there is also a conference report summarized by Zahra Awad. VIA also cohosted the Power to Connect in a Changing World: International Conference on Language, Literature and Translation by sponsoring Prof. Oscarson as one of the guest speakers at the PTC conference at the University of Jordan in Amman. As usual, there is a book review on language testing written by Thirakunkovit from her hands-on experience. All language teachers can always harvest useful knowledge from Glenn Fulcher's Practical

Language Testing.

Again a heartfelt thanks to all parties involved for their continuous support, patience, dedication and efficiency.

Editor-in-Chief                       Managing Editor                     Assistant Editors
Somchoen Honsa,Jr.               Mabel Victoria                        Ganga Ram Gautum &
                                                                                          Yanatchapim Passavoravate