English Teaching Forum Volume 50 Number 3
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English Teaching Forum 2012, Volume 50, Number 3
Creating a storytelling classroom and teaching listening skills to young learners through songs are the topics of the lead articles in this issue...

Creating a storytelling classroom and teaching listening skills to young learners through songs are the topics of the lead articles in this issue. The “Reflections” section, which opens with “The Author as Reader and Writer,” includes reprints of 1997 articles on a problem-solution approach to writing and on motivating learners; commentary on the roles of assessment accompanies reprints about common testing mistakes to avoid (1982), progress testing (1995), and purposeful language assessment (2000). Summertime photos and Classroom Activities follow a seasonal theme.

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Add to my library  Creating a Storytelling Classroom for a Storytelling WorldExpand

This article explores the value of storytelling in English language learning. Strong emphasis is placed on the role that stories of personal experience play in human interaction and how these natural conversations foster a better language learning experience. The author outlines a four-step approach to help students develop conversational skills as storytellers, including techniques for improving fluency and honing listening skills.

Author: Robert E. Jones
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Add to my library  Teaching Listening Skills to Young Learners through 'Listen and Do' SongsExpand

This article, which examines the use of songs to improve the listening skills of young learners, contains a lesson plan and follow-up activities and a list of online resources for songs.

Author: Mustafa Sevik
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Add to my library  The Author as Reader and WriterExpand

This introduction presents contemporary commentary on the previously published articles  “Writing for the Reader: A Problem-Solution Approach” and “Motivating Learners at South Korean Universities.

 

Author: Tom Miller
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Add to my library  Writing for the Reader: A Problem-Solution ApproachExpand

A “how to” piece on using the problem-solution approach to writing academic articles, this article explores (originally published in 1997) defining the audience, defining the author, and evaluating the structure of an article, and it outlines helpful questions for writers and readers.

Author: Tom Miller and Dee Parker
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Add to my library  Motivating Learners at South Korean UniversitiesExpand

Using a problem-solution format, this article (originally published in 1997) discusses cultural and educational factors that affect language learners’ motivation and offers strategies to raise motivation.

Author: Janet S. Niederhauser
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Add to my library  The Roles of Assessment in Language TeachingExpand

This piece makes a case for using assessment to understand and identify the needs of learners and introduces the three reprints that follow: “Twenty Common Testing Mistakes for EFL Teachers to Avoid,” Coming to Grips with Progress Testing: Some Guidelines for Its Design,” and “Purposeful Language Assessment: Selecting the Right Alternative Test.”

Author: Jerrold Frank
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This article, originally published in 1982, is designed to help EFL teachers prepare effective selection, diagnostic, and evaluation instruments by avoiding common testing mistakes. Such mistakes are discussed under the categories of general examination characteristics, item characteristics, test-validity concerns, and administrative and scoring issues.

Author: Grant Henning
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Add to my library  Coming to Grips with Progress Testing: Some Guidelines for Its DesignExpand

Progress testing is often neglected in communicative language teaching; yet it has a crucial role. This article, originally published in 1995, offers a rationale for testing and presents guidelines for designing appropriate tests.

Author: Carmen Perez Basanta
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Add to my library  Purposeful Language Assessment: Selecting the Right Alternative TestExpand

This article, originally published in 2000, looks at various instruments, procedures, and practices for language testing and offers strategies for determining which assessment options are most appropriate in various contexts.

Author: John M. Norris
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Add to my library  Summertime PhotosExpand

This collection of photos highlights activities that are popular among Americans, especially in the summer.

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Add to my library  Classroom ActivitiesExpand

1. Summer Vacation Comics
This stand-alone language-learning activity, “Summer Vacation Comics,” is related to the theme of summer. The activity is designed for students at the upper beginner/lower intermediate level. In the activity, students work in groups to create comics that illustrate their dream vacations, then practice speaking about them.

2. Create Your Own Flag
This stand-alone language-learning activity, “Create Your Own Flag,” is related to the theme of summer. The activity is designed for students at the intermediate level. In the activity, students discuss their country’s flag, read and answer questions about the United States flag, and create flags reflecting their own likes, dislikes, hopes, and beliefs. They then view and discuss one another’s flags.

Author: Heather Benucci and Jacqueline Gardy
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Add to my library  The Lighter Side: Speak and SpellExpand

This puzzle, “Speak and Spell,” is an exercise in homophones, or words that are spelled differently but pronounced the same.

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