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Format: 2015
English Teaching Forum Volume 53, Number 51
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Forum has a new look, but its purpose remains the same: to support the teaching of English around the world through the exchange of innovative, practical ideas. English Teaching Forum now features articles from six different categories: Articles, Teaching Techniques, My Classroom, Try This, The Lighter Side, and a Reader's Guide.

Teaching Techniques: Guided Meditation in the English Language Classroom

Amy Jenkins
This teaching technique focuses on meditation in the classroom. Meditation has been linked to increased ability to focus and to lowering depression, anxiety, and stress. Meditation is an act of focusing one’s thoughts completely and fully. It is being present in the moment, silencing other thoughts and noise running through our minds.

Teaching Techniques: Speed Drawing for Vocabulary Retention

Sara Hendricks
This exciting drawing activity helps students remember vocabulary. The students were 12 to 14 years old and had a limited vocabulary. Speed drawing is a fun and successful way to help them practice asking questions and using targeted vocabulary.

Increasing Awareness and Talk Time through Free Messaging Apps

Andrew Pollard
For many people, mobile phones are a part of modern life. Although the purpose of this technology revolves around language and communication, its application to language learning still appears to be underutilized. This is changing, as the widespread use of this handheld technology offers numerous opportunities to use functions that are ideal for exposing learners to communicative interaction on their language-learning journey.

My Classroom: Indonesia

Alief Noor Farida is a junior lecturer at Indonesia’s Universitas Negeri Semarang (UNNES). Now teaching her fourth semester and an alumna of the English Education program at UNNES, Ms. Farida is an especially motivated and dedicated educator. She teaches 18 hours per week, specializing in grammar and writing-skills courses. The Intensive Course she teaches, focusing on reading, writing, speaking, and grammar skills, serves as a foundation for incoming English Department students.

Try This: Listening and Logic

Heather Benucci
This section presents a stand-alone language-learning activity emphasizing listening, critical thinking, and teamwork, along with five ready-to-use examples.

The Lighter Side: You’re Not Listening!

The Lighter Side activities related to listening in the classroom.

Reader's Guide

This guide is designed to enrich your reading of the articles in this Forum issue.

Practical Tips for Increasing Listening Practice Time

Kevin McCaughey
This article help teachers of English reconsider how to think about listening tasks. It provides guidance for increasing classroom listening practice through short, dedicated tasks, with an emphasis on the practical business of setting up and “class-managing” listening activities in order to give students more practice.

Observation Tools for Professional Development

Kathleen F. Malu
Professional development of teachers, including English language teachers, empowers them to change in ways that improve teaching and learning. In their seminal research on staff development—professional development in today’s terms—Joyce and Showers (2002) identify key factors that promote teacher change. Three of these factors are observation, feedback, and practice.