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English Teaching Forum 2021, Volume 59, Number 2
Find strategies for combining authentic materials, task-based learning, and reading stations … finding heterogeneity in cultural homogeneity … using peace education as a basis for writing about a peacemaker … using an asynchronous video app to stimulate oral interaction … starting with “place mats” and progressing to writing essays … and much more.

ON THE COVER: Susan Humphrey, who created “Last Dollar Snow,” says, “The beauty of Colorado is my spirit! … I use my artwork as a record of the history, as well as the awesome beauty of the area.  I love the way that you can stand in the high alpine and see the desert adobes in the distance. … This particular scene is from the Last Dollar Road, near Ridgway, Colorado. This peak is part of the San Juan Range.”

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Table of Contents

Task-Based Reading Activities Using Authentic Materials and SkillsExpand

The author describes in detail a two-stage reading activity that incorporates authentic materials, task-based learning, and stations. The article includes ideas for adaptation and presents a number of further teaching applications.

Author: Mina Gavell
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Finding Heterogeneity in Cultural HomogeneityExpand

The author points out that “even the most homogenous EFL class will have some cultural variety” and presents a “buffet” of activities designed to help students become curious about the differences they discover, analyze cultural values, and improve skills needed to communicate effectively with people of other cultures.

Author: Ingrid Brita Mathew
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Reader’s GuideExpand

This guide is designed to enrich your reading of the articles in this issue. You may choose to read them on your own, taking notes or jotting down answers to the discussion questions below. Or you may use the guide to explore the articles with colleagues.

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Writing about a PeacemakerExpand

The authors use peace education as a framework to present an assignment in which students read and write about a peacemaker “to reflect on the meaning of peace and how it can be achieved.”

Author: Jimalee Sowell and Bishwa Raj Gautam
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Using an Asynchronous Video App to Stimulate Spontaneous Oral InteractionExpand

The author explains how to use an asynchronous video app, then describes two specific tasks—one collaborative, the other dialogic—that teachers and students can carry out with the app.

Author: Anna Ciriani-Dean
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Using “Place Mats” as a Prewriting Activity for Opinionated EssaysExpand

Here’s a way to get students talking while at the same time preparing them to write opinionated essays: using “place mats” as a starting point for expressing, sharing, and supporting opinions.

Author: Michael Horvilleur and Hiram Ruvalcaba
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My Classroom: SerbiaExpand

Learn how Bojana Nikić Vujić has made her mark as a teacher trainer, television personality, and textbook author—and as an English teacher at Ivo Andrić Elementary School in suburban Belgrade.

Author: Ivana Banković and Kevin McCaughey
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Online Breakout Rooms: Jigsaw Discussions and Presentation PracticeExpand

This is a step-by-step guide to helping students use online breakout rooms to work in groups to become “experts” in a topic, then share their knowledge with other students in a jigsaw format, as a way to interact and prepare to give more formal presentations.

Author: Terence McLean
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The Lighter Side: Sophie’s Seven TasksExpand

Last week, “Sophie” completed tasks related to every article in this issue of Forum. Can you find the order in which she completed the tasks?

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