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English Teaching Forum 2006, Volume 44, Number 1
This issue features an article on U.S. Poet Laureates and contains contemporary American poems and a lesson plan on reading, writing, and performing poetry. Other articles discuss reading strategies, teaching politically correct language, and using comic strips and radio programs in the classroom.

This issue features an article on U.S. Poet Laureates and contains contemporary American poems and a lesson plan on reading, writing, and performing poetry. Other articles discuss reading strategies, teaching politically correct language, and using comic strips and radio programs in the classroom.

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Applying Metacognitive Strategies to Skimming Research Articles in an ESP ContextExpand

The article focuses on explaining to post-secondary teachers how to teach their students to use metacognitive strategies to skim research articles in specialized fields. The author briefly explains metacognitive strategies in reading tasks and discusses the importance of strategy training and having a purpose in reading. The author then describes a lesson plan that includes a presentation and a three-step guided practice. The author concludes by emphasizing reading strategy training in an ESP context.

Author: Nebila Dhieb-Henia
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Applying Current Approaches to the Teaching of ReadingExpand

This article discusses different approaches to reading instruction for EFL learners based on theoretical frameworks. The author starts with the bottom-up approach to reading instruction, and briefly explains phonics and behaviorist ideas that inform this instructional approach. The author then explains the top-down approach and the new cognitive perspective. The author also explains schema theory and how to apply it to help students before, during, and after reading. The interactive model is then discussed.

Author: Elba Villanueva de Debat
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Encourage Critical Reading in the EFL Classroom Expand

Using a reading lesson designed for advanced university students in Brazil, the author discusses different types of exercises that can help students become more active readers and be more critical about the reading materials. The author distinguishes between passive and active reading tasks and argues that active tasks are more beneficial because they encourage readers to read between the lines. The author describes some pre-reading, while-reading, and post-reading activities.

Author: Rosane Correla
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Teaching Politically Correct LanguageExpand

This article argues that teaching politically correct language to English learners provides them with important information and opportunities to be exposed to cultural issues. The author offers a brief review of how political correctness became an issue and how being politically correct influences the use of language. The article then presents four tasks to teach political correctness and several controversial issues for further exploration.

Author: Maryna Tsehelska
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Using Comic Strips in Language ClassesExpand

The author believes that using comic strips in language-learning classes has three main benefits. First, comic strips motivate younger learners. Second, they provide a context and logically connected sentences to help language learning. Third, their visual information is helpful for comprehension. The author argues that comic strips can be used in exercises of reading and other skills areas. The author provides four activities that use comic strips.

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Classroom Techniques: Using Radio Programs in the EFL ClassroomExpand

The article describes how to use Voice of America (VOA) radio programs to teach English to students studying in EFL contexts. A major reason why the author believes VOA programs are a good source for English learning is because they allow the teacher to teach English through content. At the same time, VOA programs provide authentic language-learning materials. The author describes four listening activities (before listening, while listening, and after listening) using VOA radio programs.

Author: Atamane Bedjou
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Poetry for the PeopleExpand

This article starts with the view that most poets believe that poetry should be understandable and accessible to everyone. The article then introduces the poetry and ideas of Ted Kooser, a famous poet born in Iowa. Following the stories of Ted Kooser, the article introduces what a poet laureate is, how long they serve, how they are chosen, how much pay they get, what they do, and six poet laureates of the past two decades. The history of the Library of Congress is introduced at the end.

Author: Kitty Johnson
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Discussion Questions for "Bessie Dreaming Bear" by Marnie WalshExpand

This is a column containing discussion questions for a poem, and suggestions for pre-writing, writing, and post-writing activities.

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Discussion Questions for "Moonflowers" by Karma LarsenExpand

This is a column containing discussion questions for a poem, including literal comprehension questions, inference and figurative language questions, evaluation, experience, and appreciation questions.

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Lesson Plan: Reading, Writing, and Performing PoetryExpand

This lesson plan contains poetry-related activities that aim to help students read and interpret English poetry, and write their own poems. The activities are introduced in each of the following parts: talking about poetry, understanding poetic devices, interpreting poems, using poetry for language acquisition, writing original poems, performing poetry, and organizing poetry slams.

Author: Kitty Johnson
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The Lighter Side: Poetry Word SearchExpand

This is a word game where readers are expected to find poetry terms in a box of letters. Cues are given.

Author: Marsha Ford
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