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English Teaching Forum 2008, Volume 46, Number 3
This issue’s feature article looks at Miami, Florida, while a companion lesson plan is based on an interactive telenovela. Other topics include the challenges of spelling in English, six practical vocabulary activities, teaching English for and with communities, and making use of simplified novels and their film adaptations.

This issue’s feature article looks at Miami, Florida, while a companion lesson plan is based on an interactive telenovela. Other topics include the challenges of spelling in English, six practical vocabulary activities, teaching English for and with communities, and making use of simplified novels and their film adaptations.

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The Challenge of Spelling in EnglishExpand

This article addresses the topic of spelling in American English. It discusses the popularity of spelling contests in American schools, and then explains why spelling is so hard. The author then argues how important it is to understand these factors to improve spelling accuracy. The article concludes by identifying the difficulties of language learning and implications for English teaching.

Author: Eran Williams
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Six Vocabulary Activities for the English Language ClassroomExpand

This article focuses on the development of vocabulary among English language learners. The author first defines what a “word” means, then discusses five aspects of vocabulary knowledge. Drawing on Swain (1993), the author identifies three main goals of vocabulary learning. The rest of the article is devoted to the description of six activities to help students learn vocabulary in ESL/EFL contexts.

Author: Keith S. Folse
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Scaffolding Linguistics and Intercultural Goals in EFL with Simplified Novels and their Film AdaptationsExpand

This article argues that exposure to culture will help students develop complex linguistic and cultural skills. The authors discuss the use of graded literary readers, audio resources, and films. They present a detailed description of the implementation and results of two simplified novel modules in an EFL program.

Author: Margaret Lee Zoreda and Javier Vivaldo-Lima
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Teaching English for and with CommunitiesExpand

This article is a reflection of English teaching in Chiclayo, Peru, at a not-for-profit cultural center. It starts with a brief explanation of the authors’ desire to help transform the community through English teaching. The article then explains the concept of civic education and offers a three-tiered approach that has been designed to help the community: Chiclayo reads, summer institute for k-12 English teachers, and the advanced curriculum. The implementation and results of the projects are discussed.

Authors: Spencer Salas, Majid Safaradan, and Ana Maria de la Torre Ugarte
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Miami, Florida: The Magic CityExpand

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

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Lesson Plan: A Letter from Miami: A TelenovelaExpand

This lesson plan contains four activities that can prepare students for the final activity of creating a video or a play. There are also two optional activities to help students learn grammar, and a fact sheet about Miami.

Author: Bradley Horn
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The Lighter SideExpand

This is a word game that asks the reader to make as many words as possible using the letters in “cruise ship.” Cues are provided.

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