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Format: 2014
English Teaching Forum 2014, Volume 52, Number 1
Forum 52, Number 1 Cover
Birds are the subject of the feature article, Classroom Activities, and The Lighter Side in this issue.

CALL Me … Maybe: A Framework for Integrating the Internet into ELT

George M. Chinnery
This article outlines reasons to use (or not use) the Internet in English language teaching, exploring the Internet as tutor and tool.

Beyond the Gap Fill: Dynamic Song Activities for Song in the EFL Classroom

Nico Lorenzutti
This author presents variable and stimulating activities using songs to encourage students to connect with language.

Digital Stories: A 21st-Century Communication Tool for the English Language Classroom

Kathy Brenner
This article lays out a 12-week digital storytelling project, describing the process in detail, including assessment, and pinpointing issues and challenges as well as benefits the project affords English language students.

Back Translating: An Integrated Approach to Focus Learners' Attention on Their L2 Knowledge Gaps

Yun Zhang and Cun Gao
This article describes a three-step process for using back translation in reading classes as a way to help students identify gaps in their English competence.

Birding—Fun and Science

Phyllis McIntosh
This feature article presents the basics of birding, or bird watching, and discusses its appeal, especially to serious birders. A section on “citizen scientists” explains organizations that collect data on birds and describes projects they organize.

Classroom Activities

Kevin McCaughey
This section presents three stand-alone English language-learning activities related to birds.

The Lighter Side: "Bird Logic"

This puzzle invites users to compare bird facts and use logic to determine the secret numbers assigned to ten birds.