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English Teaching Forum 2002, Volume 40, Number 3
The July 2002 issue features an article on Alaska as well as articles on using task journals for reading, creation of meaningful Web pages, alternative assessment practices, and Internet content-based activities for ESP.

The July 2002 issue features a feature article on Alaska as well as articles on using task journals for reading, creation of meaningful Web pages, alternative assessment practices, and Internet content-based activities for ESP.

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Nasreddin Hodja and the Importance of ContextExpand

 

This article introduces the tales of Nasreddin Hodja, a 15th century Turkish folk character and uses them to illustrate the importance of context, the need for multiple perspectives, and the role of the teacher. The author looks at various aspects of context, such as social, cultural, and historical contexts. The idea of multiple perspectives is explained with the current multiple intelligence theory. The author addresses the role of the teacher in terms of teaching style.

Author: Patricia N. Sullivan
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Using Task Journals with Independent ReadersExpand

 

This article discusses using journal tasks to help intermediate students with the challenges they face when they do independent reading in ESL/EFL reading classes. It describes the design, implementation, and integration of task journals designed to encourage students to think about content, reflection on the reading process, and vocabulary learning.

Author: Eric Bray
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Creating Meaningful Web Pages: A Project-Based CourseExpand

 

This article describes a nine-week course in Web design that can guide students in the production of an electronic project. It discusses the importance of project-based courses in language teaching since they offer learners an opportunity to be creative, control their own learning, and produce something tangible. The article addresses the benefits and difficulties of teaching such a course.

Author: Amy Kayser
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Internet Content-Based Activities for ESPExpand

 

The article introduces a WebQuest, an inquiry-based online learning activity, as a potential tool for content-based English for Specific Purposes (ESP). It provides a series of WebQuest tasks such as summary and synthesis tasks, design tasks, negotiation and interaction tasks, analytical tasks, and scientific tasks. The article has suggestions for the effective use of WebQuests for a content-based syllabus along with a discussion of the benefits of using WebQuests to develop academic skills.

Author: María José Luzón Marco
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Using Cooperative Learning to Facilitate Alternative AssessmentExpand

 

This article discusses the use of cooperative learning, an instructional strategy that utilizes group work to structure classroom interaction, to facilitate alternative assessment in the second or foreign language classroom. It highlights the importance of cooperative learning in assessment because assessment includes both linguistic and non-linguistic objectives, and meeting these objectives requires continuous and performance-based assessment. The article offers seven examples of cooperative assessments and shows how they can be used.

Author: Ghazi Ghaith
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Helping Students Develop Coherence in WritingExpand

 

This article discusses the need to bring coherence in writing from an abstract level to a concrete concept that can be described and taught. Teachers need to teach coherence by sharing its metalanguage with students. This can be done for example by using more specific comments such as “unclear reference” or  “inappropriate conjunction” instead of vague ones such as “the essay lacks unity.” The article offers a coherence checklist for students to self-edit and to review their peers’ writing.

Author: Icy Lee
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News and NotesExpand

 

“News and Notes” consists of an introduction to an Internet-based newsletter called “ESL Mini-Conference Online” and a conference announcement organized by WorldCALL in 2003.

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A View of the Past: The Third Decade (1983 - 1992)Expand

 

This article reflects on the articles published at the third decade of Forum (1983-1992) to present theoretical perspectives and classroom practices discussed in the past ten years. It addresses four articles which focus on the communicative approach and related concepts, such as authentic use of the target language, learner-centered activities, and group work.

Author: Lisa Harshbarger
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Abstracts from Other JournalsExpand

 

"Abstracts from Other Journals” discusses three articles from other journals on different issues related to second or foreign language teaching. The first is on “A Defence of Simplification” by I. S. P. Nation and Jean Paul Deweerdt, from Prospect. The second is “Building Community and Posting Projects: Creating ‘Student Pages’ in Web-Based and Web-Enhanced Courses” by Laura G. McGee, from Foreign Language Annals. The third is “Realism and Imagination in the Teaching of English”by Anthea Fraser Gupta, from World Englishes.

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Alaska! The Last FrontierExpand

 

This article describes Alaska, the 49th state of the U.S. It presents facts about Alaska’s native people and their life style, history, transportation, and education. It also provides a text about “Iditarod,” which is an annual sled-dog race, held in Alaska since 1973.

Author: William P. Ancker
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Iditarod: The Annual Sled-Dog RaceExpand

 

“Iditarod: The Annual Sled-Dog Race “ is a reading text about “Iditarod” which is an annual sled-dog race that has been held in Alaska since 1973. It presents the meaning, origin, history, and importance of this race for Alaskan people. The article also provides information on past winners of the race.

Author: William P. Ancker
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A Cycle of Life in NatureExpand

 

“A Cycle of Life in Nature" is based on a book of the same name in which the author provides information and facts about the Ipani, or the Eskimos who had lived in Alaska before the white man came a "long time ago." It presents how the Eskimo people supported their families as the seasons changed.

Author: James K. Wells
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Letters to the EditorExpand

 

"Letters to the Editor" consists of suggested vocabulary, writing, and listening activities from three teachers around the world based on their experiences.

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The Lighter SideExpand

The Lighter Side consists of two puzzles. “Alaska!” is a crossword puzzle using vocabulary related to various subjects. “A Capital City Puzzle” focuses on finding the capital cities of major countries.

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