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English Teaching Forum 2007, Volume 45, Number 1
The feature article in this issue focuses on the history and significance of U.S. coins. A poetry activity complements this feature. Additional articles discuss integrating skills with critical thinking, the exploration of movie content, the use of the reflective observation model for in-service teacher trainees, and classroom response projects on HIV/AIDS with an example from Zambia.

The feature article in this issue focuses on the history and significance of U.S. coins. A poetry activity complements this feature. Additional articles discuss integrating skills with critical thinking, the exploration of movie content, the use of the reflective observation model for in-service teacher trainees, and classroom response projects on HIV/AIDS with an example from Zambia.

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A Questionnaire Project: Integrating the Four Macro Skills with Critical Thinking Expand

This article describes the steps of a questionnaire project that uses listening, speaking, reading and writing while developing interpretation skills and self-regulation. The project creates survey questions, collects and analyzes data, and reports results. While students work in groups, they have opportunities to brainstorm, express opinions, and ask for clarification. The article includes tips on time constraints, evaluation of data, participation, and topic selection.

Authors: Chea Kagnarith, Chea Theara, and Alan Klein
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Beyond Film: Exploring the Content of MoviesExpand

This article looks at the use of movies in the language-learning classroom. The author promotes the use of the movie “To Kill a Mockingbird” due to its content, which involves poverty, racial inequality and mental illness, and to the availability of websites related to its use in English classrooms. The author highlights six scenes for understanding the movie, pre-viewing, while viewing, and post-viewing activities, as well as suggestions for Internet follow-up. An example WebQuest is included.

Author: John Scacco
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Reflective Teacher Observation Model for In-Service Teacher Trainees Expand

This article proposes the Teacher Observation Programme for in-service teacher trainees. The program is reflective, collaborative, and builds confidence. It enables teachers to grow in their ability to self-evaluate. Trainees who have made decisions about their own observation, who have created and used their own observational tools, and who have used reflective lesson plans will be better equipped to do action research. Some of the key components of the program are needs assessment, building rapport, summative assessment and post-observational feedback.

Author: Sadia Ali
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Reflection as a Necessary Condition for Action ResearchExpand

This article explores the idea that teachers can improve their practice through reflection and action research. The author discusses the constructivist and socio-constructivist roots of action research. The case study explores the use of a project to improve learner autonomy and cooperation. Students made key decisions about the project content, the size of the groups, and the roles that each member would play. To evaluate the experience, the instructor asked students open-ended questions. A colleague-observer filled out rating scales about instructor and student behaviors.

Author: Bettiana Blázquez
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A Classroom Response to HIV/AIDS - Project Proposal WritingExpand

This article describes a task-based writing project. High-school students in Zambia wrote a proposal to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in their community. By writing on a topic related to their lives, students were motivated and empowered to use their English skills for positive change. The project was an interactive workshop that invited a community leader to help with brainstorming, the setting of ground rules, and understanding of the issue. Students worked together on their responses and drafted and revised a proposal that was based on a model from UNICEF.

Author: Smith H. Habulembe
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U.S. Coins: Reminders of History and HeritageExpand

This article describes the various US coins, the design, size, and history of coins, coin-making, the US mint, coin production, and the mottos that appear on coins. There is also a section on coin collecting as a hobby, a list of websites about coins, and a glossary of coin terms.

Author: Jeanne S. Holden
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Poetry Corner Expand

This issue’s “Poetry Corner” revolves around the poem “Coins” by Richard Newman. It includes a lesson plan for teaching students about American Coins, as well as a glossary of terms. Skills include vocabulary, reading, and discussion. The lesson works with the feature article entitled US Coins.

Author: Max Koller
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The Lighter SideExpand

“Coin Toss” provides clues and asks learners to unscramble words to find the answers.

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