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Newbould, Sam – English Teaching Forum, 2018
Creating a "classroom contract" is an activity for teachers to increase learner engagement and students' accountability for their own learning from the very first class. The contract is a set of rules and expected behavior, negotiated by the teacher and the students. Student engagement can be an issue in many classrooms, and any practice…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Participation, Personal Autonomy, Student Role
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Cote, Robert A. – English Teaching Forum, 2018
With the increasing number of English language learners in global classrooms, it has become more and more difficult for teachers to maintain their role as the primary communicator with students via one-on-one interactions. As a result, teachers often assign duties to their students. This change of power may be difficult for teachers and students…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, English (Second Language), College Students, Foreign Countries
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LaScotte, Darren Keith – English Teaching Forum, 2018
In preparation for the academic rigor of higher-education institutions and the high standards of international businesses across the English-speaking globe, students must learn "to use language in more sophisticated ways: arguing, evaluating evidence, analyzing complex texts, and engaging in academic discussions." In order to give…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Language Skills, English (Second Language), Anxiety
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Petrie, Gina Mikel; Darragh, Janine J. – English Teaching Forum, 2018
There are ways for teachers to carry out independent professional development--leading themselves to grow in their understanding and practice of teaching. Two of these are action research and individual development plans. However, to use these models, teachers need connections with teaching colleagues, a mentor, and/or a basic understanding of how…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Collaboration, Rural Schools, Teacher Role
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Pack, Austin – English Teaching Forum, 2018
This communicative activity is ideal for English language learners of at least a low-intermediate proficiency level. In this activity, the teacher brings several personal items from his or her life to share with students. These items should be carefully selected and should in some way represent the values, experiences, or characteristics of the…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Interpersonal Relationship
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Sowell, Jimalee – English Teaching Forum, 2018
Circumlocution--using known vocabulary to describe a forgotten or unknown word--can help English language learners avoid communication breakdowns when speaking. Students of all proficiency levels can benefit from instruction and practice related to circumlocution strategies. In the activity presented in this article, students use these strategies…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Communication Strategies, English Language Learners, Language Proficiency
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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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