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English Teaching Forum Volume 55, Number 3
Read this issue to learn how to build grit, give clear instructions, and make service learning work for you, your students, and your community.

Grit can be described as a strength of character, or the personal quality of courage and resolve. In this article, the author explains how having “grit” is beneficial for language learners and gives detailed suggestions that teachers can follow to build grit in their students. 

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Identifying and Building Grit in Language LearnersExpand
Grit can be described as a strength of character, or the personal quality of courage and resolve. In this article, the author explains how having “grit” is beneficial for language learners and gives detailed suggestions that teachers can follow to build grit in their students. 
 
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Good Instruction-Giving in the Second-Language ClassroomExpand

Teachers often take instruction-giving for granted, although it is a useful skill for all teachers. The author provides criteria for successful instruction-giving habits and gives suggestions that English language teachers can use to improve their instruction-giving in the classroom.

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Service Learning and Community Engagement for English ClassesExpand

The author uses her own experience with using service learning to give advice to others interested in creating and making use of service-learning projects in their own schools and communities.

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Reader's GuideExpand

This guide is designed to enrich your reading of the articles in this issue. As an individual, you may choose to read each article on your own, taking notes or jotting down answers to the discussion questions here. Or you may use the guide to explore the articles with colleagues. 

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Speed Pairs, a Spoken ExerciseExpand

Learn how to use a highly adaptable technique called “Speed Pairs,” and see how it helps students practice targeted grammar structures.. 

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Rapport-Building ActivityExpand

This engaging activity gives students a chance to use playdough in a creative way in order to express themselves, practice using English, and build rapport with their peers and the teacher. 

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My Classroom: India Expand

This article profiles the teaching context at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science and describes how educator Santosh Kumar Mahapatra develops creative lessons to motivate his students to learn and achieve success both in and out of the classroom. 

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Try This: Go for the Grit! Expand

This step-by-step activity teaches students the meaning and importance of grit and provides two case studies that are ready to use in the classroom. 

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The Lighter Side Expand

This puzzle is called Mountain Climbing, with clues for words that give encouragement to people climbing a mountain or taking on other difficult challenges.

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