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English Teaching Forum 2001, Volume 39, Number 4
Featured in this issue are an interview with Diane Larsen-Freeman, and articles on storytelling, assessment of young learners, information gaps for communication, and Texas.

Featured in this issue are an interview with Diane Larsen-Freeman, and articles on storytelling, assessment of young learners, information gaps for communication, and Texas.

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Add to my library  An American Poetry Project for Low Intermediate ESL AdultsExpand

This article discusses the author’s poetry unit, developed to expose her ESL students to American literature. Students wrote journals about poems they read and were assigned a poem about which to write a composition. The author required her students to memorize and perform one poem. While teaching the unit, the author and a colleague kept a dialog journal of their experience and insights. Both the student reactions and their dialog journals yielded positive results, allowing the author to make several recommendations for using poetry in the ESL classroom.

Author: Kristin Lems
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Add to my library  Teacher Development: A Real Need for English Departments in VietnamExpand

This article examines teacher training and teacher development in Vietnam. It suggests ways to promote professional development among EFL teachers. The author understands teacher development to be the process of lifelong learning in the teaching profession and argues that teacher development must be a component in teacher education. The article outlines the history of English language teaching in Vietnam in order to understand its current state. The author suggests that collaboration among teachers and action research are two important ways to promote teacher development.

Author: Pham Hoa Hiep
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Add to my library  Encouraging Student Voices in a Chinese ClassroomExpand

The author shares two activities she developed to promote student participation and encourage candid feedback. The first strategy involved having a student "facilitator" play the role of the teacher in small group discussions, providing an alternative to teacher-centered classrooms. To receive candid feedback from students, the author developed a system called no-fuss feedback. Students drew a large circle on a piece of paper and, as they listened to a list of class activities, they wrote the name of the activity in the circle if it helped them, and outside the circle if it did not.

Author: Bonnie Insull
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Add to my library  Information Gap in Communicative ClassroomsExpand

The author argues that exchanges in the classroom must go beyond display questions and should be based on the information gap that occurs when one speaker does not know in advance what the other is going to say. The author provides examples of information gap activities to promote a communicative classroom. Activity types include practical situations, guessing games, role plays, opinion gap activities, and reasoning gap activities. The author argues that these activities have real communicative value.

Author: Xiao Qing Liao
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Add to my library  Texas: The Lone Star StateExpand

This article gives an introduction to the state of Texas. It begins by outlining the history of Texas, from colonization through statehood. Present geography and a description of east, west, south, and north Texas are also described. Additional websites for further reading are provided. The article is appropriate for intermediate English learners with an interest in various regions of the United States.

Author: Cynthia A. Malecki
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Add to my library  The Joy of Watching Others Learn: An Interview with Diane Larsen-FreemanExpand

This interview shares insights from Diane Larsen-Freeman, who has written numerous books and articles on language teaching methodology, second language acquisition, English grammar, and teacher education. It touches on topics including Larsen-Freeman's beginning in EFL, advice for new teachers, Larsen-Freeman's teaching methodology books, and her views on the state of English language teaching and its future.

Author: William P. Ancker
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Add to my library  Deep Impact StorytellingExpand

The authors discuss the importance of storytelling for giving a course depth. They outline ways to help teachers deepen the impact of storytelling through language and thinking activities that include shadowing, summarizing, student retelling, action logging, and creating newsletters. The authors include a story split into assigned readings and sequenced homework and classroom activities. They found that using these activities increases student comprehension, negotiation of meaning, and feelings of community.

Authors: Brad Deacon, Tim Murphey
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