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English Teaching Forum 2008, Volume 46, Number 2
This issue focuses on Seattle, the second city on our tour this year. Complementing the feature article is a lesson plan on “Seeing Seattle.” Additional articles in this issue discuss interdisciplinary collaboration, two approaches to student-produced videos, student documentaries as language learning tools, using teacher-developed corpora in the CBI classroom, and building vocabulary and improving writing while developing a tourist brochure.

This issue focuses on Seattle, the second city on our tour this year. Complementing the feature article is a lesson plan on “Seeing Seattle.” Additional articles in this issue discuss interdisciplinary collaboration, two approaches to student-produced videos, student documentaries as language learning tools, using teacher-developed corpora in the CBI classroom, and building vocabulary and improving writing while developing a tourist brochure.

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Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Two Heads Are Better Than OneExpand

This article shares ideas of how English language teaching professionals can collaborate with content-area specialists effectively to create learning opportunities for students. Using nine examples and various metaphors, the authors explain three principles for effective team teaching: initiating an interdisciplinary project, establishing an interdisciplinary team, and working successfully with other disciplines by having good working relationships.

Authors: Bradley Horn, Fredricka Stoller, and Marin S. Robinson
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Student-Produced Video: Two ApproachesExpand

This article introduces the idea of using video production to engage second language learners in learner-centered, project-based learning activities to motivate them to learn and participate through writing, directing, acting in, and editing a movie. The authors describe two projects. In the first project, four pairs of students each created a three-minute film. In the second project, all eight students worked together to create one long movie. The advantages and disadvantages of both approaches were discussed.

Author: Nathaniel Carney and Patrick Foss
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Student Documentaries: A Language Learning ToolExpand

This article describes the reasons for project-based learning and how it better motivates students in an EFL classroom. It illustrates this topic by presenting a documentary film project that was carried out in a high-intermediate EFL class in Saudi Arabia. The article summarizes the theoretical support for communicative language learning and project-based approaches. The author then describes the documentary film project in detail and presents an evaluation of the project based on Simkins et al.’s (2002) framework of evaluation for multimedia projects.

Author: Linda Adra Yamak
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Using Teacher-Developed Corpora in the CBI classroomExpand

This article argues for the use of teacher-generated corpora in content-based courses. Using a content course for engineering and architecture students as an example, the article explains how a corpus consisting of texts from textbooks and journal articles helped students learn grammar, vocabulary, and writing. The article explains how the corpus was compiled and presents examples of how students learned to analyze language use using corpus tools and dictionaries. The article ends by emphasizing the advantages of corpus analysis for self-directed learning.

Author: Tom Salsbury and Crista Crummer
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Building Vocabulary and Improving Writing while Developing a Tourist BrochureExpand

This article describes how creating a tourist brochure can help students improve their vocabulary and writing skills. The author describes how to plan writing lessons based on the creation of a brochure: viewing videos, planning the brochure, writing the brochure, getting feedback and rewriting, and displaying the brochure. In the conclusion, the author highlights the benefits of the activity as providing opportunities for contextualized writing and vocabulary learning.

Author: Siti Katijah Johari
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Seattle, Washington: The Rainy CityExpand

This is an introduction to Seattle, including its history, attractions, geographical characteristics, and interesting facts. The introduction also contains many pictures of local attractions.

Author: Phyllis McIntosh
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Lesson Plan: Seeing SeattleExpand

This lesson plan contains four main activities and two optional activities based on the feature article about Seattle.

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The Lighter Side: Seattle Crossword PuzzleExpand

This is a crossword puzzle based on facts about Seattle.

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