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English Teaching Forum 2019, Volume 57, Number 3
English Teaching Forum 2019, Volume 57, Number 3
Find activities to help learners explore and express culture —and much more.

Exploring and Expressing Culture through Project-Based Learning

Ramin Yazdanpanah
This article presents authentic, collaborative activities that help students reflect on their own culture and explore other cultures to promote critical thinking and mutual understanding.

Cooperative Game-Playing in the EFL Classroom

Pham Huynh Phu Quy
The author presents strategies for successful team-bonding games along with descriptions of games and suggestions for building a collaborative atmosphere before, during, and after the games.

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 Narrow Reading to Develop Fluency

Guy Redmer
The author presents a step-by-step procedure for using narrow reading—“reading several texts about a single, narrow topic”—to promote reading fluency, with examples and suggested variations.

Peer Feedback in Second-Language Writing Classes: “Dear My Friend … ”

Özge Yol
This article describes a highly adaptable approach to peer feedback that includes a meaningful communicative writing task and promotes positivity and mutual support.

Extended Icebreaker

Alex Barrett
The author presents a clever but easy-to-implement extension to standard icebreaker activities that helps students get to know their peers, use the target language, and form strong relationships in the classroom.

Pairing in EFL Classes

Do Na Chi
This article presents a number of language-based suggestions for pairing students so that over time they get to work with a variety of classmates and build relationships with peers.

The Mystery Bag: Listening and Speaking Skills for Young Learners

Wendy Coulson
This article describes a fun guessing game that involves objects in a “mystery bag” and gives learners practice with vocabulary and with asking and answering questions.

The Lighter Side: Reverse Categories

This puzzle presents lists of words; your job is to divide them into categories logically so that everything fits.

My Classroom: Kyrgyz Republic

Jonathan Mettille
Learn how teacher Mukadas Tashieva, a faculty member at Osh State University, has established herself as an important contributor to the field of English language teaching in the Kyrgyz Republic.
English Teaching Forum 2019, Volume 57, Number 2
English Teaching Forum Volume 57, Issue 2
Discover interactive techniques to improve learners’ reading fluency and much more.

Three Interactive Alternatives for Developing Reading Fluency

Using clear examples and explanations, this article presents three ways for students to interact with peers and with texts to develop reading fluency.

Using a Workshop to Raise Awareness of the Role of English in Promoting Sustainable Development

The authors present a series of activities that give students opportunities to practice English and discover the vital role the English language plays in promoting sustainable development.

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.

Teach and Trade

This interactive vocabulary-building activity is fun, effective, and flexible; it can be used with adolescent learners, adults, and younger learners.

Read and Run: A Communicative Reading Activity

The article describes an intensive-reading task that incorporates movement, teamwork, fun, and concentrated practice.

A Poster for Any Occasion

The article presents a step-by-step procedure for getting learners to create posters as a way to review content, generate discussion, practice giving presentations – or just unwind after a busy week.

My Classroom: Uzbekistan

Learn how teacher Mamura Alimova, through her involvement in countless projects, has established herself as an important contributor to the field of English teaching in Uzbekistan.

Community Map Puzzle

The article describes a fun, collaborative way for learners to practice prepositions of location and vocabulary related to places in a community. Two examples are provided, with suggestions for generating more.

The Lighter Side: Fictional Languages

This puzzle presents examples of five fictional languages; can you figure out the rule that each fictional language follows?
English Teaching Forum 2019, Volume 57, Number 1
English Teaching Forum Volume 57, Issue 1
Learn about effective techniques for using models in the writing classroom and more.

Using Models in the Second-Language Writing Classroom

This article carefully discusses the use of writing models: whether to use models; how to select appropriate models; and when, why, and how to use them.

“To Build a Fire”: Creative Frames, Adolescent Readers, and New Words

Using Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” as an anchor, the authors present a variety of creative ideas for introducing new words and helping students fully comprehend them.

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.

Embracing Social Media to Engage Students and Teach Narrative Writing

Many students are already involved with social media; this article presents in clear detail a technique for using social media to generate characters and ideas for narrative writing.

A Collaborative Activity for Generating Ideas in the Writing Classroom

This article describes a procedure that gets students to collaborate, generate ideas for an essay project, and reflect on their ideas as they prepare to write; the author also suggests a number of possible essay topics.

Famous Quotes for Theme Analysis

The article presents a step-by-step procedure for using quotes for critical thinking and theme analysis; the author gives examples, provides sources for quotes, and suggests follow-up activities.

My Classroom: Colombia

Learn how teacher Yurany Monsalve commutes (by plane!) between two teaching sites yet manages to provide her students with English skills and opportunities for learning and growth.

Practical Applications of TESOL’s The 6 Principles of Exemplary Teaching of English Learners

This article presents TESOL’s “6 Principles” and suggests a variety of ways that teachers in almost any country or context can incorporate the principles.

The Lighter Side: Fifty, More or Less

This puzzle commemorates the 50th anniversary of the English Language Fellow Program and lets readers test their knowledge of whether each clue refers to something that is more than 50, less than 50, or exactly 50.