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English Teaching Forum 2007, Volume 45, Number 3
State and county fairs, the topic of this issue’s feature article, are an American tradition that highlight everything from livestock to rollercoaster rides. A corresponding lesson plan simulates “A Day at the Fair.” Other articles discuss storytelling, student-centered teaching in large classes, students as textbook authors, and using practice posters in EFL programs.

State and county fairs, the topic of this issue’s feature article, are an American tradition that highlight everything from livestock to rollercoaster rides. A corresponding lesson plan simulates “A Day at the Fair.” Other articles discuss storytelling, student-centered teaching in large classes, students as textbook authors, and using practice posters in EFL programs.

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Student Storytelling through Sequential ArtExpand

If you are interested in using sequential art forms such as comic books in your EFL classroom, this article is full of helpful advice. Reading sequential art is beneficial because students can work with authentic texts with real language and graphic support. Students can also apply research and cultural knowledge to the creation of their own sequential art projects. The author addresses managing project groups, researching the topic, developing the story, structuring the story, adding artwork, and sharing the story. The creations can be used as reading material for future classes.

Author: David Fay
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Student-Centered Teaching in Large Classes with Limited ResourcesExpand

The author shares suggestions for instructors who teach large classes (from 50-80 students) with minimal resources. The challenges of managing the classroom, using pair and group work effectively, and working with limited resources are addressed. The author suggests ways to take attendance quickly, to reduce written work to grade, to start and stop communicative activities, and to keep motivation high when students work at different speeds. Suggestions were tested by action research. Two classrooms are described.

Authors: Susan Renaud, Elizabeth Tannenbaum, and Phillip Stantial
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Students as Textbook AuthorsExpand

The authors describe their experience using a learner-centered approach to turn learner writing into booklets. When students write about their own lives, they can focus on the language they need to express their ideas. Interaction increases because interest is high. Near beginners can create fact sheets about themselves, and more advanced students can write language-learning histories. The texts can become fill-in-the-blank activities or be read aloud. Student texts inform instructors of needs and interests; they give students ownership of their learning and provide models for future classes.

Authors: Hsiao-Yi Chou, Sok-Han Lau, Huei-Chia Yang, and Tim Murphey
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Using Practice Posters to Address EFL ChallengesExpand

Practice posters, with pictures and captions, are useful for controlled practice of vocabulary and structures in an EFL context. The author has found many advantages of using posters with beginners in a high school setting. Student led review gets students active, increases autonomy and improves confidence. The use of small groups is effective with multi-language classes and frees the teacher to monitor interactions. Other benefits include increasing English use, limiting mistakes, decreasing discipline issues, helping with pronunciation and appealing to a variety of learning styles.

Author: Peter Reilly
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Designing Lessons for EFL Listening Comprehension ClassesExpand

To keep students motivated, the author outlines several principles for developing listening comprehension lessons. When learners focus on a clear learning objective, retention improves. Other recommendations include keeping the same topic and objective for several activities and selecting relevant, authentic material with a clear layout and pictures to help with prediction. The author discusses appropriate teaching methods, such as variety and effective questioning.

Author: Justine Ross
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State and County Fairs: Family Fun Across the USAExpand

This feature article is on state and county fairs, “eagerly awaited celebrations of the nation’s agricultural bounty, love of competition, and community spirit.” The article discusses the history of fairs, where innovations in farm equipment and household appliances are displayed, and people engage in competition, fun, rides, and viewing curiosities. Some characteristics of fairs that are described are animals, education, competition, entertainment, and community involvement. Segments on 4-H and fair food follow the article.

Author: Phyllis McIntosh
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Lesson Plan: A Day at the FairExpand

This issue’s lesson plan, “A Day at the Fair” follows the feature article on state and county fairs. After reading a summary of the article, learners are asked to list things they might experience with their senses at a fair. The terms may be used in a role play. Group members select roles and make decisions about how to spend a day at the fair according to the preferences on their cards. The lesson concludes with a reflection on decisions made during the role play.

Author: Phyllis McIntosh
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The Lighter Side: Fair FindsExpand

“Fair Finds” is a word scramble using fair-related vocabulary.

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