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English Teaching Forum 2005, Volume 43, Number 4
This issue has articles on communicative language teaching, project work, team teaching, interactive grammar, creative writing techniques, and a feature article on a popular American sport.

This issue has articles on communicative language teaching, project work, team teaching, interactive grammar, creative writing techniques, and a feature article on a popular American sport.

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"Imported" Communicative Language Teaching: Implications for Local Teachers Expand

This article criticizes the rejection of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) in non-Western contexts. Teachers sometimes avoid CLT because it includes ideas (such as autonomy and choice) that do not always fit with the educational, social, and cultural perspectives of their areas. The author defines CLT, considers the issues that come with importing this teaching method, and offers suggestions to help EFL teachers adapt CLT to their contexts to create genuine communication.

Author: Pham Hoa Hiep
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Maximizing the Benefits of Project Work in Foreign Language ClassroomsExpand

There are many benefits to using project work in the classroom, such as student autonomy, increased content knowledge, and motivation. This article gives ten steps for structuring project activities to maximize these benefits, using a case study on project-based learning in an English preparatory program in Turkey. Also included are recommendations for writers on how to include project-based learning in their materials.

Authors: Bülent Alan, Fredricka L. Stoller
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Stimulating Writing through Project-Based TasksExpand

As students often see writing in any language as a challenging task, it can be hard to encourage motivation to practice writing in the language-learning classroom. This article offers project-based tasks as a way to motivate students with relevant and interesting topics. The author discusses the principles of project work and explains the process approach to composition, followed by detailed lesson plans for writing a problem/solution essay and the expected outcomes of this project.

Author: Kedir Assefa Tessema
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Teacher ResourcesExpand

This section offers brief reviews of two commercial publications. The first is Academic Success for English Language Learners: Strategies for K-12 Mainstream Teachers, a collection of suggestions appropriate for ESL, EFL and mainstream teachers edited by Patricia A. Richard-Amato and Marguerite Ann Snow. The other publication is Making It Happen: From Interactive to Participatory Language Teaching, a book by Patricia A. Richard-Amato with practical ideas for getting students to participate more in the classroom.

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Shall We Dance: Team Teaching as Supervision in the English Language ClassroomExpand

This article compares team teaching to a dance in which leadership shifts from partner to partner. It argues for the use of team teaching as an effective and motivating means of professional development. The author shares his experience in team teaching and offers a list of steps that can be used to establish and maintain team teaching that is effective for both the professionals and their students, such as when to involve students and when to trade roles.

Author: Spencer Salas
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The Mini Conference: Creating Localized Opportunities for Professional DevelopmentExpand

This article explains the concept of a mini-conference: a localized, cost-effective alternative for those who are unable to attend international conferences. The author shares his experience at a mini-conference and describes the benefits of this event, such as networking and giving teachers an opportunity to prepare presentations of their work. Also included are step-by-step instructions to follow for organizing a conference of your own.

Author: Brad Tipka
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Climbing Grammar Mountain: An Interactive Learning ExperienceExpand

This article describes a grammar game that is an enjoyable way for students to correct sentences. In Climbing Grammar Mountain, best suited for secondary and university students, learners compete in teams to “climb” a game board. They earn needed equipment in the form of sentences. If a student can correctly state whether a sentence is grammatical, s/he is able to proceed, with bonus points for correcting an incorrect sentence. The game board, sample sentences, and instructions for teachers and students are included along with suggestions for adaptations.

Authors: Cindy Gunn, Ann McCallum
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Classroom Techniques: Unleashing Writing Creativity in StudentsExpand

This article argues for free, creative writing in the L2 classroom. The author states that because writing can be stressful and at times paralyzing, the goal of L2 writing should not be to produce perfect, error-free work. The teacher should be a coach, dictionary, and grammar book. The author includes creative writing activities.

Author: Mario Rinvolucri
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Classroom Techniques: Some Communicative Activities Based on Overhead ProjectorsExpand

This article offers sample activities that use an overhead projector. These activities encourage students to use the target language while recalling information they have already learned. Activities include making shapes on the projector for discussion, manipulating objects to practice prepositions, and creating dialogues.

Author: Ismael Hakki Mirici
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NASCAR: An American Sport and Pastime Expand

This article, written for students, is about NASCAR, a popular auto racing sport in the United States. It offers the history of the sport, interesting pictures, and a piece on the importance of a pit crew. There is also a profile of Jeff Gordon, a popular and winning driver. Also included are a list of NASCAR vocabulary and websites of interest, an overview of the sport and its rules, and information on three legendary drivers.

Author: Phyllis McIntosh
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The Lighter SideExpand

This quiz tests students’ knowledge of idioms related to cars and driving.

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