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Sowell, Jimalee; Sugisaki, Larry – English Teaching Forum, 2021
It is estimated that ten percent of learners have some sort of learning disability; on average, this is two or three students per classroom (Butterworth and Kovas 2013). This means that, inevitably, all English language instructors will encounter students with learning disabilities in their classrooms and could encounter students with learning…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Miklas, Matthew – English Teaching Forum, 2021
With the increase in online teaching sessions, instructors face the need to engage and challenge their students in new ways. Online quiz sites provide teachers with a cost-free means of gaining immediate feedback on their students' progress. However, students can become bored if multiple-choice quizzes do not vary and are used too often. This…
Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Teacher Made Tests, Web Based Instruction, Test Construction
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Hanson, Stephanie – English Teaching Forum, 2021
Understanding fast speech can be an ongoing challenge for English learners of all levels. Even after years of study, learners might be accustomed to clear, slow classroom English and struggle with understanding the reductions that proficient speakers of English use in fast, fluent speech. Many online resources exist to help students learn about…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Video Technology, Internet, Tests
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Salas, Spencer; Williams, Brian Keith; Mraz, Maryann; Adrane, Soufiane – English Teaching Forum, 2021
For many secondary-level teachers working with adolescent language learners, one of the motivations for choosing English teaching as a profession is a shared love of reading short stories. At its best, entering a narrative is a sensory experience: engaged readers see, hear, and feel the words of a story and imagine themselves within its pages.…
Descriptors: Visualization, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Yen, Tran Thi Hai – English Teaching Forum, 2021
Traditional techniques used in English pronunciation courses such as minimal-pair drills, reading out loud, and practicing isolated sounds slowly with a monotone voice have questionable effectiveness due to limited time and students' ability. This article describes a project to overcome such limitations by requiring learners to dub a short movie…
Descriptors: Pronunciation Instruction, Translation, Visual Aids, Second Language Learning
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Hanna, Amy – English Teaching Forum, 2021
Blythe Elementary School is one of 176 schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school district, which serves about 147,000 students in the city of Charlotte and surrounding areas in the state of North Carolina. About 950 students are enrolled at Blythe, and almost a third are language-minority students, meaning they actively use a language other than…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, English Language Learners, School Districts, Language Minorities
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Brazenas, Adam – English Teaching Forum, 2020
This article gives suggestions for applying the concept of literature circles to audiovisual media rather than to literary works as a way to support learner autonomy and interaction with the target language.
Descriptors: Group Activities, Audiovisual Aids, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Schlight, Richard – English Teaching Forum, 2020
While teaching written communication to international business school students in Korea, the author received an email from a student to lacked thoroughness and clarity. He decided to use the email as a learning opportunity for his students to rewrite it. He discovered that while the results were good, there was an inability to write in a register…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Writing Instruction
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Schaefer, Vance; Abe, Linda – English Teaching Forum, 2020
Nonnative speakers of a language are often at a disadvantage in producing extended speech, as they have differing native (L1) phonological systems and rhetorical traditions or little experience in giving talks. Prosody in the form of stress, rhythm, and intonation is a difficult but crucial area needed to master extended speech because prosody…
Descriptors: Imitation, Intonation, Suprasegmentals, Grammar
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Kerry, Elaine – English Teaching Forum, 2020
In this article, Elaine Kerry describes the educational context and perspectives of International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) Instructor Mohamed Lekrama. Kerry describes his beginnings as a Mauritania-born teacher, who first came to Cote d'Ivoire in 2017 after many classroom journeys of his own, what attracted him to IUGB and Cote d'Ivoire,…
Descriptors: Grammar, Oral Language, Universities, International Education
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Schmidt, Katrina J.; Rye, Emma – English Teaching Forum, 2020
Finding free, level-appropriate texts that can be shared with students--and that have no copyright issues--is a challenge. English language teachers often have to build their own collection of paper-based or online texts by purchasing them and making copies or creating texts entirely on their own, which takes time that many teachers do not have.…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Editing, Collaborative Writing, Web 2.0 Technologies
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Nguyen, Nguyen Doan Hanh – English Teaching Forum, 2020
By teaching students about the concept of growth mindset and ways to cultivate it, teachers can enhance students' academic progress. This article offers concrete ideas to help teachers foster the growth mindset explicitly among their students. The lesson is flexible and can be applied to all levels.
Descriptors: Student Development, Intelligence, Locus of Control, Psychoeducational Methods
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Courtney, David – English Teaching Forum, 2020
Student-centered instruction is a shared goal in English as a second or foreign language (ESL/EFL) settings that embrace communicative language teaching (CLT) principles (East 2015). Student-centered classrooms create opportunities for learners to have consistent and meaningful interactions--two-way exchanges of ideas--using their second language…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Communicative Competence (Languages), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Lynn, Ethan M. – English Teaching Forum, 2020
Ethan Lynn, the author of the article, describes three sets of oral reading activities he developed for his English as a Second Language students. Each set focuses on one of the three types of fluency: word-, sentence-, and passage-level. The word-level fluency activities are best employed as part of the pre-reading phase of a reading activity.…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Oral Reading, Reading Fluency, Reading Instruction
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Staley, Kendra; Allen, Carolyn; Hamp, Anna – English Teaching Forum, 2020
Teaching English for specific purposes (ESP), such as Medical English, is especially impactful due to high student motivation and immediate real-world application. Medical professionals devote their careers to improving the health and lives of others. With English-language skills, medical professionals can further their own professional…
Descriptors: Case Studies, English for Special Purposes, Medicine, Student Motivation
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