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English Teaching Forum 2001, Volume 39, Number 2
Adapting authentic materials, misconception analysis, whole-learning reading, and international business ethics are among the articles in this issue.

Adapting authentic materials, misconception analysis, whole-learning reading, and international business ethics are among the articles in this issue.

Author: William P. Ancker
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Adapting Authentic Materials for Language TeachingExpand

This article looks at how to adapt original materials for language teaching, using an intermediate-level text for business as an example. The discussion is organized into four sections: semantic, lexical, syntactic, and discourse elements. The author argues that the process is the same for teaching each of these four elements. Teachers can adapt authentic materials for different classroom uses, depending on their students’ ages and proficiency levels.

Author: Steven Darian
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Perspectives on Professional Growth: A Study on the Diaries of Undergraduate ELT StudentsExpand

This article reports on the author's observations of undergraduate ELT students who kept diaries about their professional development during their teaching practicum. The author analyzed these diaries at two stages and categorized the entries into two categories: a concern for the needs of the children of the information age, and a desire for self-improvement and professional growth. The author decided to develop lessons on Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) into future semesters of the course based on the student diaries.

Author: Deniz Zeyrek
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Misconception Analysis: A Necessary Complement to Foreign Language TeachingExpand

This article draws on findings from cognitive psychology that emphasize learners and their learning needs. The author proposes a solution for dealing with language learning problems, called misconception analysis (MA). The article explains MA, its usefulness, and language classroom applications. The author classifies misconceptions about language learning into four groups: misconceptions about the goals of language learning, the nature of language, the processes and strategies of language learning, and language elements.

Author: Hadi Farjami
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A Judicious Lesson: A Whole-learning Reading ActivityExpand

This article discusses the use of whole-reading activities in a university level reading and speaking course. The author used a magazine article about a murder and a trial to develop a four-week unit in which students investigated ideas about crime, punishment, rhetorical strategies, idiomatic language, and the United States' judicial system. Through the use of this unit, the author advocates for readings and activities that challenge students to move beyond comprehension of a text.

Author: Patrick Spooner
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Weaving the Web into an EAP Reading Program Expand

The authors share their experiences developing Internet reading activities for their students in an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. The authors chose reading material found on the Internet that was authentic, up-to-date, and would increase student interest and motivation to learn English. The authors share practical considerations as well as their experience adapting laboratory activities to increase student autonomy along with other lessons learned in the process of using Internet reading materials.

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Useful Resources for Editing Academic Writing in EnglishExpand

This article describes how the author assisted graduate students with academic writing in English. It also shares useful resources for teachers in non-English speaking countries who are responsible for editing academic theses and dissertations, professional articles, and papers for international conferences. The author's editing process includes corrections written on the paper as well as typed, detailed explanations of grammar points and suggestions for rewording or reorganization. Online and print resources are included.

Author: Susan Tennant
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Integrating Authentic Materials and Language Skills in English for Science and Technology InstructionExpand

This article describes how a unit in an English for Science and Technology (EST) course integrated three learning materials: a research article from a scientific journal, an article from a magazine that reports on the scientific journal article, and an instructional video with its script. Instruction was focused on both content and rhetorical functions. The author shows how the language skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening were used for each of the three materials.

Author: James W. Porcaro
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Meeting Learners' Academic Needs Expand

This article suggests that language teachers can learn from the ideas of educators who work outside the field of language teaching. The author examines learner needs and discusses how the they can be met in his teaching context. The learner needs addressed in this article are the need to feel secure and important, the need to understand the learning goals, the need for time to integrate learning, the need to understand the learning process, and the need to receive feedback.

Author: Peter Reilly
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International Business Ethics: Why Discuss International Business Ethics?Expand

This lesson introduces business ethics and what society may expect from corporations. The goals of the lesson are to introduce new vocabulary to discus ethics, provide a basic understanding of international business ethics, and create an atmosphere of trust in discussing the culturally sensitive topic. The lesson asks students to complete and discuss a questionnaire on international business ethics, work in groups to propose a solution to an ethical dilemma at work, and consider a case study in the ethics of gift giving. Online resources are also provided.

Author: Lizabeth England
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Earthquake Legends and "Wordologies"Expand

This resource shares earthquake legends from around the world as well as related English idioms.

Author: Paulette C. Jordan
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EarthquakesExpand

This article about earthquakes is appropriate for intermediate to advanced learners, particularly those with an interest in earth sciences. The article discusses the basic science of earthquakes, how they are measured, global earthquake zones, significant earthquakes in recent history, and tips for surviving an earthquake. Additional websites of interest about earthquakes are provided as well.

Author: Cynthia A. Malecki
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