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Quy, Pham Huynh Phu – English Teaching Forum, 2019
The author presents strategies for successful team-bonding games along with descriptions of games and suggestions for building a collaborative atmosphere before, during, and after the games.
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Educational Games, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning
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Yazdanpanah, Ramin – English Teaching Forum, 2019
Teaching in Vietnam recently, I had opportunities to work with some amazing students and teachers. Being in such a position lent itself well to cultural exchanges inside and outside the classroom. However, it was clear to me, to my colleagues, and I believe to the majority of students that there was a need to dig deeper--to move beyond the…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Foreign Countries, Active Learning, English (Second Language)
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Barrett, Alex – English Teaching Forum, 2019
Icebreakers are first-day activities that are meant to give students and the teacher an opportunity to get to know one another. They are helpful activities for taking a class full of strangers and turning them into friends (or at least acquaintances). However, icebreaker activities tend to be short and limited in the extent to which students can…
Descriptors: Learning Activities, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Mettille, Jonathan – English Teaching Forum, 2019
Throughout her childhood, education was important to Mukadas Tashieva. She attended a village school in the mountainous Kara-Suu region, where students would either walk or arrive by horse. Under the Soviet educational system, education was free and compulsory, teachers were strong, and classes were highly structured. There were challenges,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rural Schools, Politics of Education, Educational Change
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Yol, Özge – English Teaching Forum, 2019
Özge Yol is a former composition instructor and ESL/EFL teacher. Currently a doctoral candidate in the Educational Theory and Practice program at Binghamton University, she describes a "write a letter to your friend" activity she designed using peer-feedback to facilitate student engagement through the use of guiding questions. The task…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Second Language Learning, Writing Instruction
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Redmer, Guy – English Teaching Forum, 2019
Most teachers who use textbooks know that they are restrictive by nature. Units jump from topic to topic without recycling much vocabulary. One effective solution to truly developing reading fluency in terms of word recognition may be Narrow Reading (NR)-- that is reading several texts about a single narrow topic. NR may involve reading five short…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Chi, Do Na – English Teaching Forum, 2019
Do Na Chi is a lecturer in the English Language Education program at An Giang University, Vietnam. Teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) at a language center for young adults, Chi wants create interesting activities that can engage students, and sees the learning center as a place for them to practice what they have learned in class. He…
Descriptors: Young Adults, Classroom Techniques, Peer Relationship, Interpersonal Communication
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Brittain, Elise – English Teaching Forum, 2019
Many students struggle when they are asked to write. They may feel the lack of ideas, or they believe their ideas are not good enough. Prewriting techniques (e.g., brainstorming, clustering, and freewriting) help students develop their ability to think and their confidence in generating ideas. Collaborative prewriting activities expand students'…
Descriptors: Collaborative Writing, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Writing Instruction
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Gregg, Cecilia – English Teaching Forum, 2019
Theme analysis requires students to examine information and isolate patterns--or themes--to determine meaning. Analyzing themes from written material helps English language learners practice and demonstrate higher-level critical-thinking skills. Cecilia Gregg writes in this article that she finds that students crave participating in engaging group…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Writing (Composition)
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Borch, Jennifer – English Teaching Forum, 2019
Twenty-first-century learners are "plugged in," fluent with technology, and motivated by social media. Why not embrace their passion and use social media to engage them in authentic and meaningful English-language learning that allows them to practice reading, writing, speaking, and listening in a familiar and motivating context? Author…
Descriptors: Social Media, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition)
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Coulson, Wendy – English Teaching Forum, 2019
Yurany Monsalve sees learning English as an opportunity to help students open their minds to different people, countries, and cultures. She believes that learning English is the path to her students achieving their dreams by teaching them values and social skills. This article tells the story of how she commutes (by plane!) between two teaching…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Cultural Awareness, Language Teachers
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Hagar, Trenton – English Teaching Forum, 2019
The "6 Principles" of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) are based on decades of research and are meant to serve as universal guidelines for effective English-language teaching and learning. The principles are as follows (TESOL 2018): (1) Know your learners; (2) Create conditions for language learning; (3) Design…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Salas, Spencer; Murray, Beth; Mraz, Maryann; Gautam, Bishwa; Siefert, Bobbi – English Teaching Forum, 2019
American short stories are a window into a larger tradition of U.S. literature--and the cultural history they represent. They do not require the same sort of time commitment that reading a novel might. Classic American short stories are widely available on the internet and even accessible through American English Publications. Often in the public…
Descriptors: United States Literature, Literary Genres, Secondary School Curriculum, Vocabulary
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Sowell, Jimalee – English Teaching Forum, 2019
The use of writing models with nonnative English speakers has received a certain amount of criticism--especially from teachers whose students copy models in their entirety or follow them too closely. The misuse of models has brought some teachers to the point where they believe that the best kind of pedagogy is to abandon writing models…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Teaching Methods, Literary Genres, Discourse Modes
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Myskow, Gordon – English Teaching Forum, 2019
According to I.S. P. Nation (2009, 66), four conditions must be present for an activity to be categorized as fluency development: (1) learners' attention must be focused on the meaning of the text they are reading rather than its grammatical or structural features; (2) here should be no new vocabulary and few irregular language features in the…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Reading Fluency, Teaching Methods
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