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Bankovic, Ivana; McCaughey, Kevin – English Teaching Forum, 2021
Bojana Nikic Vujic: English teacher, teacher trainer, television personality, and textbook author are just some of the roles she has filled during her career as an educator. While still an undergraduate, Bojana worked part-time at kindergartens in Belgrade. She took home her master's degree in English Teaching and Methodology in 2005 from the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Mathew, Ingrid Brita – English Teaching Forum, 2021
Both Byram and Fleming (1998) in the United Kingdom and Jandt (2016) in the United States have written extensively about the necessary connection between teaching and learning English and developing intercultural communicative competence (ICC). There are various pragmatic reasons to start from the students' own culture(s). Ali and Walker (2014)…
Descriptors: Cultural Differences, Cultural Awareness, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Gavell, Mina – English Teaching Forum, 2021
One of the biggest challenges seasoned English language teacher Mina Gavell has faced in the classroom is how to liven up reading classes. Not only is reading inherently a quiet and solo task, but the standard skills teachers are trying to build in their students--skimming, scanning, making predictions and inferences, guessing vocabulary meaning…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Reading Instruction, Authentic Learning, Reading Skills
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Ciriani-Dean, Anna – English Teaching Forum, 2021
Two key ingredients for developing language skills are output and interaction. The use of computer-mediated communication (often referred to as "CMC") tools and of social networking sites (SNSs) offer a valuable resource to English language teachers and learners who wish to extend learning beyond the classroom walls, especially as…
Descriptors: Asynchronous Communication, Language Skills, Video Technology, Computer Oriented Programs
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Horvilleur, Michael; Ruvalcaba, Hiram – English Teaching Forum, 2021
Debating in English is a vital part of second-language acquisition. Not only does it help students with their speaking skills, but it also is an excellent way to prepare them to write opinionated essays. This article explores how educators can use "place mats" to organize a debate that gives each student the chance to speak, and then how…
Descriptors: Writing Exercises, Writing Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Essays
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Sowell, Jimalee; Gautam, Bishwa Raj – English Teaching Forum, 2021
Second-language learners increasingly need effective writing skills in English for academic and professional purposes, as well as for personal and social purposes. To date, peace education (PE) activities in the English language classroom have mostly focused on speaking. This article presents an activity that can help fill the gap in the lack of…
Descriptors: Peace, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English for Special Purposes
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Tsang, Art – English Teaching Forum, 2021
This article describes a simple method to teach pitch, a feature common to both word stress and intonation. The technique can be used by native and nonnative English-speaking teachers and is applicable to students of different levels and language backgrounds. Pronounced as /m/, "mmm" is a sound that should be easy for speakers of any…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Intonation
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Rucynski, John, Jr.; Prichard, Caleb – English Teaching Forum, 2021
From a cultural perspective, humor may be a universal feature of all cultures, but what is considered funny varies greatly from culture to culture. In this article, the authors demonstrate the importance of understanding kinds of humor that differ across cultures and offer clear suggestions for teaching three kinds--verbal irony, memes, and…
Descriptors: Humor, Teaching Methods, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Baker, Lottie – English Teaching Forum, 2021
In this article, the author describes how to use "story retelling wheels" as scaffolding devices to support young learners as they develop the important skill of being able to retell stories that they have heard and comprehended. This tool can be adapted to meet young learners at different English language and literacy levels. It…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Story Telling, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Skill Development
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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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