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English Teaching Forum 2006, Volume 44, Number 4
A feature article called “Newspapers in America” headlines this issue. That article is complemented by a lesson plan on “Using Journalism Skills in the Language Classroom.” Also included in this issue are articles on creating positive attitudes toward EFL, constructivism, teacher research, translation and foreign language reading comprehension, and a classroom activity using Romeo and Juliet.

A feature article called “Newspapers in America” headlines this issue. That article is complemented by a lesson plan on “Using Journalism Skills in the Language Classroom.” Also included in this issue are articles on creating positive attitudes toward EFL, constructivism, teacher research, translation and foreign language reading comprehension, and a classroom activity using Romeo and Juliet.

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Add to my library  Creating Positive Attitudes Towards English as a Foreign LanguageExpand

The author reviews research on the connections between attitudes and language learning, and between attitudes and motivation. The article suggests that language learners’ motivation and attitudes can influence learning outcomes, and that effective teaching can change negative attitudes. It describes a classroom action research project that was carried out among 95 students in Turkey to examine attitudes and motivation for English learning. Results and possible factors are discussed with regard to the students’ attitudes and motivation.

Authors: Selma Elyıldırım, Sally Ashton
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Add to my library  Constructivism in Theory and in PracticeExpand

The article describes the change in teacher training from instructivist to constructivist. The author defines constructivism and discusses its two main approaches: cognitive and social constructivism. The author then compares an instructivist versus a constructivist classroom and focuses on how they are different in terms of the level of flexibility. The author describes how an in-service teachers’ workshop successfully transformed. Benefits discussed include positive learning experience and the wash-back effect on pedagogy. (This article quotes theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, and Krashen.)

Authors: Miriam Schcolnik, Sara Kol, and Joan Abarbanel
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Add to my library  Conditions for Teacher ResearchExpand

The article starts by defining teacher research and a summary of its benefits. In reviewing teacher research in the field of ELT, the author points out that such research is not enough. The author then suggests ten conditions that would increase the incidence of teacher research. Additional questions for consideration are suggested at the end that may help promote teacher research.

Author: Simon Borg
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Add to my library  Translation and Foreign Language Reading Comprehension: A Neglected Didactic ProcedureExpand

In reviewing views on the use of L1 in L2 classrooms, the author argues for the benefits of using L1. The author argues for the benefits of written translation activities based on the ideas that translation uses authentic materials, is interactive, learner-centered, and promotes learner autonomy. The author also argues that written translation activities can be used as a post-reading activity to check learners’ reading comprehension and provide items for future tests. A sample activity is given and suggestions are discussed.

Author: Abdulmoneim Mahmoud
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Add to my library  Classroom Techniques: Romeo and Juliet in One HourExpand

This article describes the use of drama activities to motivate students, to teach vocabulary and pronunciation, and to enhance cooperative learning. The author describes in five steps the classroom procedure of an activity based on the play of Romeo and Juliet. The author discusses the results of the activity and its implications. Play scripts used in the activity are included.

Authors: Judy Monthie-Doyum, Gülay Öztürk
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Add to my library  Newspapers in AmericaExpand

This is an introduction to American newspapers. It starts with a history of newspapers and the tradition of American journalism that challenges authority. The article offers a description and discussion of major American newspapers and the different sections of a typical newspaper. There is also a section introducing some famous American journalists.

Author: Deborah Potter
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Add to my library  Lesson Plan: Using Journalism Skills in the Language ClassroomExpand

This lesson plan contains four activities based on the theme of newspapers and journalism. It includes a lesson to familiarize students with newspapers, journalistic writing, interviewing, and creating a class newspaper. The activities can be used as individual lessons or a larger project of creating a class newspaper.

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This is a crossword puzzle that uses information and vocabulary from the Newspapers in America article.

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