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English Teaching Forum 2008, Volume 46, Number 4
Chicago is the focus of the feature article and the basis of a lesson plan that provides practice in writing and reading postcards. This issue also includes articles on enhancing learning with mobile phone technology, VoIM-mediated cooperative tasks, and corpus-aided discovery. Additional articles discuss critical media literacy and ideas for incorporating an intercultural approach into EFL teaching.

Chicago is the focus of the feature article and the basis of a lesson plan that provides practice in writing and reading postcards. This issue also includes articles on enhancing learning with mobile phone technology, VoIM-mediated cooperative tasks, and corpus-aided discovery. Additional articles discuss critical media literacy and ideas for incorporating an intercultural approach into EFL teaching.

Author: Max Koller
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Add to my library  Adbusting: Critical Media Literacy in a Multi-Skills Academic Writing LessonExpand

This article provides 10 reasons why it is important to do critical media analysis in the second language classroom and describes how a process-writing approach can be used for this in a university writing class. The authors explain how to prepare a lesson plan and the idea of an “Adbuster.” They then describe 10 stages in the lesson plan that involve different activities that blend the themes of an advertisement with the stages of the writing process.

Author: Anna Grigoryan and John Mark King
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Add to my library  The Intercultural Approach to EFL Teaching and LearningExpand

This article discusses the teaching of intercultural awareness together with language in foreign contexts. Following a brief discussion of what culture means, the author presents a three-stage intercultural approach for teaching EFL students. For each stage, the author explains the goals and provides five activities as examples. As a follow-up, the author shares challenges for this approach and possible solutions.

Author: Zofia Chlopek
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Add to my library  Using Guided, Corpus-Aided Discovery to Generate Active LearningExpand

This article shows how English teachers can provide careful guidance for students to use a corpus to research, discover, and reflect on the grammatical and sociolinguistic aspects of English. The author introduces the idea of using a corpus in teaching English and offers several important online resources for English language corpora. The author provides a rationale for corpus-based teaching and gives two examples of how to guide students in exploring linguistic features of English.

Author: Li-Shih Huang
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Add to my library  VoIM-Mediated Cooperative Tasks for English Language LearnersExpand

This article discusses how computer-mediated communication, negotiation of meaning, and cooperative task-based learning can be combined in a VoIM-mediated activity to benefit language learners. The author starts with a brief review of how the three aspects of learning can benefit language learners. The author then describes a VoIM-mediated cooperative task. The rest of the article explains how to set up the activity, including technical requirements, planning in eight stages, and materials selection.

Author: George M. Chinnery
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Add to my library  Using Mobile Phone Technology in EFL ClassesExpand

This article explains how students can use their mobile phones to produce video projects and use English for meaningful communication. The author first explains what communicative competence is and why it is important. The author then discusses difficulties of putting principles of communicative language teaching into practice, which is the main rationale behind the author’s idea. Finally, the author describes four video projects and several activities based on mobile phone features.

Author: Suleyman Nihat Sad
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Add to my library  Chicago, Illinois: The Windy CityExpand

This is an introduction to Chicago, including its brief history, attractions, geographical characteristics, and interesting facts. It also contains pictures of local attractions.

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Add to my library  Lesson Plan: Sharing Your Vacation - Send a Postcard!Expand

This lesson plan for intermediate students is based on a fact sheet about Chicago and the idea of writing a postcard to family members during vacation. It describes a warm-up activity and several activities for writing and reading a postcard. The lesson aims to strengthen learners’ vocabulary and literacy skills using authentic materials.

Author: Meryl Siegal
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Add to my library  The Lighter SideExpand
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