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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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Clausen, Daniel – English Teaching Forum, 2017
Games have long been a staple of active learning environments. They are a fantastic way to reduce anxiety, promote competition, and energize classrooms. Board games, in particular, can be very useful in building real-world skills in a fun and non-threatening environment. Therefore, the author uses them extensively for Business English classes and…
Descriptors: Games, Business English, Active Learning, Teaching Methods
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McCaughey, Jessica – English Teaching Forum, 2017
In this article, the author talks about establishing a book club comprising international students and scholars and other members of the community interested in improving their English language skills. This book club, free to participants (although sponsored by the English Language Institute of the author's university), ran for ten weeks each over…
Descriptors: Clubs, Books, Reading Strategies, Foreign Students
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Pham, Huynh Phu Quy – English Teaching Forum, 2017
There is no doubt that pair/group work is an integral part of language learning because it not only provides a unique opportunity for students to improve an array of skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, but also enables them to experience a diversity of personalities and perspectives. Frequent exposure to a wide range of…
Descriptors: Group Dynamics, Group Unity, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Hilliard, Amanda – English Teaching Forum, 2017
Pragmatic competence, or the ability to use language appropriately in a variety of contexts, is a critical skill for communication in a second language (L2). Thus, teaching that focuses on developing students' abilities to communicate effectively in an L2 must also include a focus on developing students' pragmatic competence. This article…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Giovacchini, Michael – English Teaching Forum, 2017
This engaging partner-reading activity provides students with an opportunity to improve their reading comprehension and text-based discussion skills. The activity, which can be used with intermediate and advanced learners, is ideal for English language learners in content classes and is particularly useful for building foundational knowledge of a…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Reading Strategies, Reading Comprehension, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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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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Malu, Kathleen F.; McNeal, Kelly – English Teaching Forum, 2017
In this article the authors describe how a specific technique--having learners create cartoons based on a reading passage--helped learners explore their understanding of reading passages and helped the teachers reflect on what the learners had comprehended.
Descriptors: Cartoons, Teaching Methods, Reading Comprehension, English (Second Language)
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Shin, Joan Kang – English Teaching Forum, 2017
Teachers of young learners (YLs) often use songs and movement to engage children in the classroom. However, are there missed opportunities for language learning and practice that can be added to what they are already doing in their English for young learner (EYL) classes? A deeper understanding of the importance of music in children's lives and…
Descriptors: Singing, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Motion
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Santoro, Cerise – English Teaching Forum, 2017
In his first teaching assignment, as a fifth-grade English teacher, Edgar Manaran had only 20 desks for 48 students. Yet he was able to apply productive classroom strategies throughout his 25-hour teaching week. Some of his students sat on plastic chairs due to the shortage of desks, but that did not change the dynamic of Mr. Manaran's classes. He…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Profiles, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Chong, Ivan – English Teaching Forum, 2017
In writing instruction, teachers often struggle with developing engaging and interactive activities given constraints such as large classes and packed teaching schedules. A purposeful and appealing pre-task can energize the writing process and set the context for the subsequent writing task. With this purpose in mind, the author designed the…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods, Photography, Diaries
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English Teaching Forum, 2017
This document presents a step-by-step description of an activity that demonstrates how learners at all levels and all ages can use percussion and percussion instruments to support their learning of English pronunciation.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Pronunciation, Syllables, Kinesthetic Methods
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Chiverton, Scott – English Teaching Forum, 2017
Those of us in North America, Europe, many parts of Central and South America, and eastern Asia live in a digital world, and there has been ongoing debate about technology and learning. In other parts of the world, such as the African continent and much of central and south central Asia, there is evidence of a digital invasion, but it is still not…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Cost Effectiveness, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language)
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Huzieff, Nicholas – English Teaching Forum, 2017
This article defines rapport in a teaching context as knowing your students, their different learning styles, and using that relationship with them to teach on a personal level. The author describes an activity using playdough. While giving learners opportunities to interact with others it naturally appeals to a variety of learning styles,…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Cognitive Style
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Keegan, Kelly – English Teaching Forum, 2017
In 2007, a group of researchers proposed the term "grit" to describe a trait in people who have the diligence and endurance to keep working for a goal in spite of various setbacks, such as extended lengths of time to reach the goal, changing interests, or other problems encountered along the way (Duckworth et al. 2007). According to…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods, Personality Traits
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