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Baker, Melanie – English Teaching Forum, 2017
Khatuna Kharkheli is an English language teacher in the Faculty of Education, Exact, and Natural Sciences at Gori State Teaching University (GSTU) in Gori, Georgia. With her passion for developing innovative and creative lessons and with her commitment to professional development, Ms. Kharkheli works to inspire her students to achieve success both…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Zeff, B. Bricklin – English Teaching Forum, 2016
As a language teacher, Bricklin Zeff has long realized that knowing the words of a language is only part of speaking it. Knowing how to interpret a communicative act is equally important, and it needs to be taught explicitly. Therefore, he makes this learning a regular part of the class experience. Greetings are one of the few speech acts that…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Interpersonal Communication, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Derrick, Deirdre – English Teaching Forum, 2015
While starting a tutoring program may seem like a daunting and time-consuming task, it does not have to be. The best way to approach the creation and development of a tutoring service is with a list of clear objectives. In this article, the author describes the process she used to create a tutoring program with her English as a foreign language…
Descriptors: Tutoring, Program Development, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Carter, Katherine – English Teaching Forum, 2015
The descriptive paragraph and subsequent essay are usually among the first assignments students must complete in composition classes. Typically, students are told to describe their childhood home, a person of importance, a special object, or a summer vacation. Most students, especially learners of English as a foreign language (EFL), have…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
Brenner, Kathy – English Teaching Forum, 2014
Digital storytelling can motivate and engage students and create a community in the classroom. This article lays out a 12-week digital storytelling project, describing the process in detail, including assessment, and pinpointing issues and challenges as well as benefits the project affords English language students.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Story Telling, English (Second Language)
Derrick, Deirdre – English Teaching Forum, 2013
Test-preparation classes that focus on skills will benefit students beyond the test by developing skills they can use at university. This article discusses the purposes of various tests and outlines how to design effective test-prep classes. Several practical activities are included, and an appendix provides information on common standardized…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Student Evaluation
Cervantes, Emerita P. – English Teaching Forum, 2009
According to Martin (2000), English-language instructors should be careful about monopolizing a class with too much teacher-talk--for speaking and writing activities, more than 15 percent of the time is probably excessive. Teacher-centered lessons featuring lectures on sentence structure and how to write effective paragraphs are bound to create…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), College Students, Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods
Baxter, Scott J. – English Teaching Forum, 2009
In this article, the author describes some of the ways that journals can be used as teaching tools in the language classroom; in fact, the suggestions he makes could be applied to the use of journals in teaching just about any subject. He begins by describing the concept of writing to learn, which is the theoretical foundation that journals are…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Foreign Countries, Diaries, Journal Writing
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Grigoryan, Anna; King, John Mark – English Teaching Forum, 2008
This article provides 10 reasons why it is important to do critical media analysis in the second language classroom and describes how a process-writing approach can be used for this in a university writing class. The authors explain how to prepare a lesson plan and the idea of an "Adbuster." They then describe 10 stages in the lesson…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Academic Discourse, Second Language Learning, Lesson Plans
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Salsbury, Tom; Crummer, Crista – English Teaching Forum, 2008
This article argues for the use of teacher-generated corpora in content-based courses. Using a content course for engineering and architecture students as an example, the article explains how a corpus consisting of texts from textbooks and journal articles helped students learn grammar, vocabulary, and writing. The article explains how the corpus…
Descriptors: Course Content, Computational Linguistics, Independent Study, Language Usage
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Monthie-Doyum, Judy; Öztürk, Gülay – English Teaching Forum, 2006
This article describes the use of drama activities to motivate students, to teach vocabulary and pronunciation, and to enhance cooperative learning. The author describes in five steps the classroom procedure of an activity based on the play of "Romeo and Juliet." The author discusses the results of the activity and its implications. Play…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Drama, Vocabulary Development, Pronunciation
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Wilhelm, Kim Hughes – English Teaching Forum, 2006
This article describes the author's experiences coping with the challenges of teaching English in an Indonesian university, such as classroom conditions and large numbers of students at different proficiency levels. The author suggests five activities that are designed to involve students in learning with little dependence on materials and little…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, College Students