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English Teaching Forum 2020, Volume 58, Number 3
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Find tips for enhancing your teaching with technology … understanding L1 and L2 writing differences and applying them to your teaching … making productive use of inquiry notebooks … using question grids … playing a paraphrasing game … and much more.

Digital Age Pedagogy: Easily Enhance Your Teaching Practice with Technology

Valerie Sartor
The author describes a wide range of technology tools that language teachers and learners can use and offers tips on getting started and making the most productive use of the tools. Tech tools are becoming more plentiful and essential, and the article is a useful resource for teachers, whether they teach in person or virtually.

L1 and L2 Writing Differences: From Understanding to Practice

Susan M. Barone and Carrie Cargile
This article presents L1 and L2 writing differences in three categories (word-level, sentence-level, and global-level) and provides tips and activities designed to transfer that information into practice.

Inquiry Notebooks for Twenty-First-Century Skill Development

Kelly Wonder
One way to incorporate inquiry-based learning and develop twenty-first-century skills is through inquiry notebooks. The article gives suggestions for using the notebooks in courses and provides a range of specific prompts designed to help learners think more critically and carefully over time.

Reader’s Guide

This guide is designed to enrich your reading of the articles in this issue. You may choose to read them on your own, taking notes or jotting down answers to the discussion questions below. Or you may use the guide to explore the articles with colleagues.

Using Question Grids to Scaffold, Monitor, and Evaluate Communicative Practice

Ruth Goode
Grids can help learners stay on task during communicative activities. This article explains why, and it gives numerous examples that show how teachers can use grids with different language levels and for practice in almost any area of grammar and vocabulary.

A Paraphrasing Game for Intermediate EFL Learners

Aida Koçi McLeod
This article describes a fun, challenging game that gives learners practice in the challenging skill of paraphrasing; the article includes tips for playing the game virtually.

My Classroom: Paraguay

Abigail Williamson
Learn how Graciela Chera balances academic rigor with fun team spirit as she teaches students of all ages in the capital city, Ascunción.

Word Salad: Vocabulary Reinforcement for Kinesthetic and Visual Learners

Annie Chen
This fast-moving game, played in teams, has three rounds; each round gives learners a different way to review and recall recently learned vocabulary.

The Lighter Side: Sounds Good!

In English, words with similar spellings don’t always rhyme, while words with different spellings might rhyme. Can you find the rhymes in this puzzle?
English Teaching Forum 2020, Volume 58, Number 2
Find strategies for using outlining to develop students' rhetorical prosody … incorporating Simple English Wikipedia content productively … teaching register … using media circles … playing mingle bingo … and much more.

The Art of Imitation: How to Use Outlines to Teach Rhetorical Prosody and Structure

Vance Schaefer and Linda Abe
The authors provide detailed guidance, with examples, for using outlining strategies to develop learners’ rhetorical prosody and ability to structure talks.

Reader’s Guide

This guide is designed to enrich your reading of the articles in this issue. You may choose to read them on your own, taking notes or jotting down answers to the discussion questions below. Or you may use the guide to explore the articles with colleagues.

Simple English Wikipedia: Free Resources for Beginner to Intermediate Levels

Katrina J. Schmidt and Emma Rye
The authors demonstrate how teachers can use free, level-appropriate content found on Simple English Wikipedia to develop skills in reading, contextualized grammar, and writing.

Media Circles: Lively, Learner-Led Lessons

Adam Brazenas
This article gives suggestions for applying the concept of literature circles to audiovisual media rather than to literary works as a way to support learner autonomy and interaction with the target language.

Teaching Register to EFL Writers: Formality and Deference in Written Communication

Richard Schlight
The author discusses challenges related to teaching register in EFL contexts and uses specific examples to suggest strategies to overcome those challenges.

Mingle Bingo

Suzan Arrer and Aliya Saduovna Zholdabayeva
Most English teachers are familiar with mingles; Mingle Bingo adds a layer of fun in an activity that can be used as an icebreaker or as a way to reinforce language skills.

My Classroom: Cote D’Ivoire

Elaine Kerry
Learn how Mohamed Lekrama uses various teaching strategies, including reflection, with his students at the International University of Grand-Bassam.

Story Retelling with a Twist

Wendy Coulson
This is a step-by-step guide to carrying out a versatile, well-scaffolded activity that can improve learners’ speaking skills and keep them engaged through the use of stories and jokes with surprising and unexpected endings.

The Lighter Side: Q & A Search

This puzzle is similar to a word search, but instead of looking for individual words, you look for complete questions and answers. Can you find them all?
English Teaching Forum 2020, Volume 58, Number 1
Find strategies for developing Medical English and other ESP courses … ideas for maintaining a communicative classroom … tips for getting young learners to stick to English … and much more.

Case Studies in ESP Course Development: Medical English for Turkmen and Mexican Medical Specialists

Kendra Staley, Carolyn Allen, and Anna Hamp
This article recaps the authors’ experience developing Medical English courses and materials while also offering suggestions for adapting the ideas to other ESP courses.

Activities to Activate and Maintain a Communicative Classroom

David Courtney
The author presents detailed descriptions of four highly communicative activities and offers options for each and criteria for evaluating these and other activities.

Reader’s Guide

This guide is designed to enrich your reading of the articles in this issue. You may choose to read them on your own, taking notes or jotting down answers to the discussion questions below. Or you may use the guide to explore the articles with colleagues.

Getting Young Learners to Stick to English

Laura Loder Buechel
The author provides a number of creative ideas that can help learners “stick to English” as they communicate, build confidence, and have fun.

Developing Fluency through Oral Reading

Ethan M. Lynn
The author presents sets of easy-to-incorporate activities designed to improve reading fluency at the word-, sentence-, and passage-level.

Embracing the Growth Mindset in the Classroom

Nguyen Doan Hanh Nguyen
The author explains the growth mindset and provides a detailed explanation of how English instructors in almost any context can introduce and incorporate the mindset in their teaching.

My Classroom: Madagascar

Kevin McCaughey
Learn how teachers Niry Razafimamonjy and Josiana Andriantsalama, at the Lycee Jacques Rabemananjara beside the Indian Ocean in Taomasina, support their students’ learning and contribute to the field of English language teaching in Madagascar.

“What Should I Do?”: Three-Part Role Plays

Tabitha Kidwell
This is a step-by-step guide to offering role plays that give learners practice in describing a problem, asking for advice, giving advice—and giving and receiving feedback from peers. The article includes numerous sample prompts.

The Lighter Side: Medical Mix-Ups

Oops! In each of these sentences, related to medicine and health, one word is misused and needs to be replaced with a word it rhymes with. Can you solve this fun puzzle?