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English Teaching Forum 2009, Volume 47, Number 4
Michigan, The Great Lakes State, is the subject of the feature article, an accompanying lesson plan, and a Poetry Corner. Topics of other articles include a description of tools for activating materials and tasks in the English language classroom, the “formeaning response” approach to teaching poetry, suggestions for learning to learn cooperatively, and tips for using journals in the language classroom.

Michigan, The Great Lakes State, is the subject of the feature article, an accompanying lesson plan, and a Poetry Corner. Topics of other articles include a description of tools for activating materials and tasks in the English language classroom, the “formeaning response” approach to teaching poetry, suggestions for learning to learn cooperatively, and tips for using journals in the language classroom.

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Tools for Activating Materials and Tasks in the English Language ClassroomExpand

This article presents techniques to make classroom materials and tasks more interactive and student-centered and thus motivate learners to take more control over their own learning. It demonstrates these techniques through elicitation, gapping, and adaptation/extension strategies. The article offers examples of classroom activities with detailed instructions to show how teachers can use materials and tasks in the English language classroom to address students’ interests, needs, and goals.

Author: Rick Rosenberg
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The Formeaning Response Approach: Poetry in the EFL ClassroomExpand

This article discusses the use of poetry-based activities in the English as foreign language (EFL) classroom. It claims that poetry exposes learners to content-rich materials. It presents the Formeaning Response approach, which combines language elements with personal responses to poetry, and offers activities that motivate students to attend and respond to both the form and the overall meaning.

Author: Harlan Kellem
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Learning to Learn CooperativelyExpand

This article discusses the use of cooperative learning activities in the classroom to strengthen students’ interpersonal communication skills and increase their participation in the language-learning process. It addresses the importance of cultural and individual differences in cooperative learning. The article offers practical suggestions and useful activities to teach learners how to get involved in such activities and to complete the activity successfully.

Author: Anne Hammond Byrd
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Journals in the Language ClassroomExpand

This article discusses how to use paper-based journals as teaching tools in language classrooms. It describes the concept of writing to learn and provides some suggestions for teachers on how to use paper-based journals at the beginning, middle, and the end of class based on the author’s self-experience and his students’ feedback.

Author: Scott J. Baxter
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Michigan: The Great Lakes StateExpand

This article describes Michigan, a US state also known as the “Great Lakes State.” It presents its geography, climate, history, commerce, industry, symbols, and tourist attractions and activities. The article also provides useful websites. It ends with a text about Motown, a legendary music label from Detroit.

Author: Sandra Lee McKay and Sally La Luzerne-Oi
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Lesson Plan: Exploring MichiganExpand

The lesson plan “Exploring Michigan” provides information on things to see and do in Michigan. It has three parts: a warm-up, the main activities that cover the four skills, and follow-up activities to further practice the content of main activities. The lesson aims to practice expressions of preference and persuasion. At the same time, the learners plan things to do on a trip to Michigan while creating and presenting an itinerary for a trip to Michigan, and then for a visit to their own country.

Author: Suzanne Matula
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Poetry Corner: Reading and Reacting to a Michigan PoemExpand

“Poetry Corner: Reading and Reacting to a Michigan Poem” consists of activities targeting reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills using a Michigan poem called “How Is It That the Snow,” written by poet Robert Haight, who lives in Michigan.

Author: Tom Glass
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