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Format: 2017
English Teaching Forum Volume 55, Number 1
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Find suggestions for teaching the pragmatics of complaining, developing group dynamics, and starting a book club—and much more.

Pragmatics of Complaining

Amanda Hilliard
This article presents twelve activities for teaching the pragmatics of complaining, including strategies, tasks, and specific scenarios.

Group Dynamics: Belonging in the ESL Classroom

Pham Huynh Phu Quy
The author provides suggestions for English language activities that promote bonding at the beginning of a course, during a course, and at the end of a course.

Book Clubs as a Tool for Community Building and Language Enhancement

Jessica McCaughey
The author uses her own experience starting and facilitating a book club to give advice to others interested in creating a book club in their schools or communities.

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.
English Teaching Forum Volume 54, Number 4
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Find suggestions for vocabulary games, crowdsourced language learning, literary coaching—and much more.

Vocabulary Games: More than Just Wordplay

This article presents five games for introducing or reviewing vocabulary along with a matrix that teachers can use to evaluate the types of word knowledge that is practiced in the vocabulary games their students play.

Crowdsourced Language Learning: Lessons for TESOL Educators from Online Language-Learning Enthusiasts

Online language-learning sites have multiplied over the years, and this article offers suggestions for evaluating and getting the most out of them.

Teaching Better, Together: Literacy Coaching as Collaborative Professional Development

The authors “provide readers with a starting point for considering literacy coaching as a viable model for sustainable collaborative teacher development in ELT settings.”

Readers’ 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.
English Teaching Forum Volume 54, Number 3
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Find tips for conducting an ELT workshop, starting a community-based English club, and making sense of English homework.

How to Conduct an ELT Workshop

Jimalee Sowell
This article serves to give readers a framework for planning, preparing, and delivering a successful workshop, including strategies to keep on pace and anticipate and overcome obstacles.

Community-Based English Clubs: English Practice and Social Change Outside the Classroom

Kathleen F. Malu and Bryce Smedley
This article defines and provides a rationale for the creation of community-based English clubs.

English Homework: What Makes Sense

Laura Loder Büchel
The purpose of this article is to persuade English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers and teacher trainers that homework is indeed beneficial by presenting multiple examples of high-quality homework assignments, as Dettmers et al. (2010) found in mathematics

Reader's Guide

This guide is designed to enrich your reading of the articles in this issue.
English Teaching Forum Volume 54, Number 2
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What is a mind map? How can you use concept mind mapping, collaborative mapping, and human mind mapping in your classroom? Find out in the latest issue of English Teaching Forum.

Listening Journals for Extensive and Intensive Listening Practice

Anthony Schmidt
Articles provide practical, innovative ideas for teaching English, based on current theory.

Using Freewriting to Make Sense of Literature

Spencer Salas, Kyra Garson, Shweta Khanna, and Beth Murray
Articles provide practical, innovative ideas for teaching English, based on current theory.

Using Concept Mapping to Teach Young EFL Learners Reading Skills

Adeline Teo, Yun F. Shaw, Jimmy Chen, and Derek Wang
Articles provide practical, innovative ideas for teaching English, based on current theory.

Reader's Guide

Reader's Guide corresponds to the articles in each issue and can guide your own understanding as well as discussions with colleagues.