Asian Journal of English Language Studies


The Asian Journal of English Language Studies (AJELS) is the official journal of the Department of English of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), the oldest university in Asia. It is a peer-reviewed journal that aims to provide current literature to those concerned with research in the realm of English language studies and English language teaching and learning, either as a second or a foreign language.

AJELS annually publishes articles primarily concerned with the following: (1) the theories that underpin English language acquisition, teaching, and learning; (2) the contentious issues relevant to the international and intranational use of English; and (3) the structure of English. Thus, the journal features empirical and descriptive studies marking significant academic and practical advances in the fields of theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, multilingualism, stylistics, language and the law, language education, and language policy.

ISSN 2350-773X

Present Issue

Volume 4 – 2016


English language learning motivation and self-identity changes of Filipino English majors in Philippine universities (Abstract)

Giovanna V. Fontanilla


Semantic deviation in Marge Piercy’s “The Secretary’s Chant” (Abstract)

Ilyn R. Faminial


The discourse organization of Philippine university newspaper opinion columns (Abstract)

Wilfred Gabriel A. Gapas


Functional stylistic analysis: Transitivity in Philippine Daily Inquirer and The Washington Post (Abstract)

Luzminda R. Valeriano and Rachelle B. Lintao


Discourse features of methodology sections of research articles in high-impact and non-high-impact applied linguistics journals (Abstract)

Rodrigo C. Morales


Implications of pedagogical beliefs and pedagogical content knowledge for the reading comprehension strategy instruction of teachers (Abstract)

Ma. Jhona B. Acuña

Past Issues

Volume 3 - 2015

The role of attitude, motivation, and language learning strategies in learning English as a foreign language among Vietnamese college students in Ho Chi Minh city (Abstract)

Vu Thi Ngoc Lan and Rochelle Irene G. Lucas


Idioms across languages, and implications for ESL in Mother-tongue-based Multilingual Education contexts (Abstract)

James McLellan


A framework for designing a Philippine-English-based pedagogic model for teaching English grammar (Abstract)

Alejandro S. Bernardo and Marilu R. Madrunio


Are future Philippine business professionals afraid to speak? A communication apprehension profile of accountancy and tourism majors (Abstract)

Juli Anne Z. Darang, John Paul G. Diwa, Dianne Patricia S. Domasig, Kristelle Mae D. Lubong, Pia Patricia P. Tenedero, and Alberto M. Tuazon, Jr.


Organization, reasoning, and persuasive communication strategies in privilege speeches of Filipino senators (Abstract)

Christie Elise C. Cruz and Alejandro S. Bernardo


The structural features of English lexical bundles in academic essays written by Filipino college students (Abstract)

Rey John Castro Villanueva

Volume 2 - 2014

Can weblogs reduce writing anxiety and facilitate improvement in writing skills? (Abstract)

Maria B. Cequeña and Leah E. Gustilo


Language of “order”: English in the linguistic landscape of two major train stations in the Philippines (Abstract)

Robin Atilano de los Reyes


Tick, tock, talk: An analysis of the types of teacher talk in university classrooms (Abstract)

Ma. Ana Therese de Guzman, Carolyn Ma. Cristine Magabilin, Seul Gi Park, Hyun Jung Son, Razzel Velasco, and Camilla J. Vizconde


Politeness strategies deployed by Filipinos in asynchronous computer-mediated discourse (Abstract)

Cynthia B. Correo


Hedging devices in Philippine newspaper editorials (Abstract)

Virna S. Villanueva


In the depths of the mind: The relationship of young readers’ reading motivation and reading strategies to reading comprehension (Abstract)

Katherine Patrice B. Sibug

Volume 1 - 2013

English and mother-tongue-based multilingual education: Language attitudes in the Philippines (Abstract)

Ahmar Mahboob and Priscilla Cruz


The morphosyntax of Hong Kong and Indian Englishes: A corpus-based analysis (Abstract)

JooHyuk Lim and Ariane M. Borlongan


Traversing the speech and thought presentation features of Merlinda Bobis’s “ The Sadness Collector” (Abstract)

Rachelle B. Lintao


Rule or feel? The application of implicit and explicit knowledge of Filipino and Korean college students in responding to English tests (Abstract)

Selwyn A. Cruz


Discourse organization of argumentative speeches: Implications for teaching argumentative writing (Abstract)

Marie Claire T. Duque


The acquisition order of English grammatical morphemes by Filipino university freshman multilinguals (Abstract)

Eric E. Lebeco


The language profile and the language attitudes
 of the administrators, faculty members, personnel, and students of a Philippine state university: Implications for language policy formulation (Abstract)

Bonifacio T. Cunanan

Call for Publication

Guidelines for Article Submission

Editorial Board

Marilu R. Madrunio, PhD


ust-f-ab-eng-bernardo-alejandro-s-2016-phd-2x2-gray Alejandro S. Bernardo, PhD
ust-f-ab-eng-claustro-judith-ma-angelica-s-2016-ma-2x2-gray Judith Ma. Angelica S. Claustro
ust-f-ab-eng-tarrayo-veronico-n-2016-ma-2x2-gray Veronico N. Tarrayo
ust-f-ab-eng-vizconde-camilla-j-2016-phd-2x2-gray Camilla J. Vizconde, PhD
Board of Editorial Consultants

Roger Barnard

University of Waikato

Hamilton, New Zealand

Carolyn D. Castro

Montgomery College

Maryland, United States of America

Christopher Conlan

Formerly of Curtin University

Perth Australia

Resty M. Cena

University of Alberta

Alberta, Canada

Suzanne K. Hilgendorf

Simon Fraser University

Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Diane E. Dekker

Summer Institute of Linguistics


Azirah Hashim

University of Malaya

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Lee Kooi Cheng

National University of Singapore


Ahmar Mahboob

University of Sydney

Sydney, Australia

Andrew Moody

University of Macau

Macau Special Administrative Region

Ricardo D. Ma. Nolasco

University of the Philippines – Diliman

Quezon City, Philippines

Isabel P. Martin

Ateneo de Manila University

Quezon City, Philippines

Richard Powell

Nihon University

Tokyo, Japan

T. Ruanni F. Tupas

National Institute of Education


Catherine M.B. Young

Summer Institute of Linguistics