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McCaughey, Kevin – English Teaching Forum, 2018
The purpose of this article is to persuade teachers of English at all levels to allow for more student movement, even if just a little. Kevin McCaughey calls this approach to a dynamic classroom space a Movable Class. The first part of this article looks at how lack of movement, especially prolonged sitting, has serious health consequences. The…
Descriptors: Motion, Physical Activities, Life Style, Classroom Environment
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Lipp, Ellen – English Teaching Forum, 2018
After several years of study, many English as a foreign language (EFL) learners have a large enough vocabulary and sufficient reading fluency to silently read English stories and books outside class. Once students have reached this threshold, teachers can introduce and encourage independent reading in EFL courses, as there is rarely time in class…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Vocabulary Development, Reading Materials
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Lems, Kristin – English Teaching Forum, 2018
Music is universally pleasurable and important, and no known society is without it. Flutes have been found around the campfire in Neanderthal cave sites in artifacts that date back 53,000 years (Leutwyler 2001). Young adults in particular listen to music almost nonstop, and their playlists form an important part of their identities. It only makes…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Singing, Musical Instruments, Music
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Mari, Vanessa – English Teaching Forum, 2018
In this article Vanessa Mari describes how she uses the linguistic landscape to bridge two or more languages with students learning English. The linguistic landscape is defined by Landry and Bourhis (1997, 25) as "the language of public road signs, advertising billboards, street names, place names, commercial shop signs, and public signs on…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Signs
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Flores, Haynet Rivera – English Teaching Forum, 2018
An auction is a process of buying and selling goods or services by offering them up for bid, taking bids, and then selling each good or service to the highest bidder. Participants bid openly against one another; each bid must be higher than the previous bid. In the activity described rather than goods or services, English teachers sell sentences!…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Purchasing, Merchandising, Bids
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Mobbs, Andrew; Cuyul, Melinda – English Teaching Forum, 2018
This article promotes the strategic use of music in L2 classrooms to motivate learners as they practice and produce the target language and actively participate in the lessons. First, the authors briefly examine the decision to use music in the language-learning process from a psycholinguistic viewpoint. Second, they outline several benefits of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Music, Second Language Instruction, Psycholinguistics
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Forthun, Gracie – English Teaching Forum, 2018
The writing conference, an opportunity for composition instructors to exchange class time for individual or small-group meetings with students, is a popular tool among writing teachers. However, students who come unprepared for their scheduled meetings--or miss them altogether-- will miss as much as a week's worth of instruction and receive little…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Revision (Written Composition), Teaching Methods, Writing Workshops
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Maiullo, Jonathan – English Teaching Forum, 2018
In cultures where there is a danger of losing face by making a mistake, students prefer activities in which their errors may not be so apparent. The speaking skill is challenging for language learners, necessitating activities that support oral interaction in the classroom. The adaptable radio drama activities presented in this article promote…
Descriptors: Speech Skills, Speech Communication, Second Language Learning, Radio
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Karakoc, Aynur Ismayilli – English Teaching Forum, 2018
The technique provided in this article offers an integrated-skills activity. Students should be able to read the description of a visual image, describe their own visuals, read and collect information from other students' writing, and speak about what they have found. This activity can be adapted for nearly any language level. The activity can…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Reading Skills, Writing Skills, Listening Skills
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Hendricks, Sara – English Teaching Forum, 2018
During a recent English class at the Universidad Tecnológica El Retoño (UTR) in Aguascalientes, the teacher, Celeste Fernández, asked a student a question. When the student paused for a few seconds, other students shouted out answers. Ms. Fernández reminded those students, "Give her time to think, please!" This short moment shows the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Classroom Techniques, Student Participation, English (Second Language)
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Ryan, Katie – English Teaching Forum, 2018
This is a step-by-step guide for having students create a basic idea for their own movie and then write and perform a "movie trailer" to promote their movie.
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Production Techniques, Video Technology, Learning Activities
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Sowell, Jimalee – English Teaching Forum, 2018
This article gives detailed practical suggestions for helping nonnative English speaking students recognize and avoid plagiarism, use paraphrasing and summarizing effectively, incorporate direct quotes into their writing, and cite sources.
Descriptors: Plagiarism, Writing Instruction, Writing Strategies, English Language Learners
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Chilmonik, Kimberly – English Teaching Forum, 2018
Sarina Monh, a lecturer at the prestigious Royal University of Phnom Penh's (RUPP) Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL) in Cambodia, comes from a family of teachers. Her father's family taught Khmer literature and mathematics, while her mother's family members were doctors, nurses,and midwives who trained and mentored others. Still, she said,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Teachers, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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McCaughey, Kevin – English Teaching Forum, 2018
Teachers often think of reading activities as silent, individual tasks in which seated students process every word in a copy of a text that the whole class is working with. Instead, in this activity, students will work in groups to practice skimming (identifying general ideas) and scanning (finding specific information) while reading several short…
Descriptors: Reading Assignments, Learning Activities, Group Activities, Cooperative Learning
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Benucci, Heather – English Teaching Forum, 2017
Debates remain popular in English language courses, and this activity gives students a low-stress opportunity to develop their speaking debating skills. This lesson plan is appropriate for upper intermediate or advanced students. Goals of the activity are to present an oral argument using evidence and use functional language related to agreeing,…
Descriptors: Debate, Persuasive Discourse, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques
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