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August 2002 - issue 8/02


Welcome to the August Newsletter

This month we have the usual excellent selection of articles. Richard Cauldwell, an expert in all things connected to speaking, listening & phonology, joins us with an article that reassesses the procedures we use when dealing with listening texts in the classroom.

Edna Aphek returns with news of her projects; children teaching senior citizens & children teaching other children. The lecture-based article is printed in full below & the other is on the site. And Michael Berman continues 'The Burden Basket' with parts 2 & 3.

There is also a lesson plan based around inventions & an exhibition currently underway in Birmingham, UK.

Hope you enjoy the Newsletter.

Happy teaching!



1. THEME - A meeting of cultures

2. THE SITE - lesson plans & articles








10. PS - Internet/computer-related links




This week we are featuring a couple of articles by Enda Aphek. Edna is based in Israel & is interested in creating teaching & learning links between children & between children & senior citizens.

In the first article - reprinted below - she outlines her feelings about the technological revolution we are going through & the Intergeneration Programme she has set up.

A meeting between cultures: An Intergeneration Program-Preserving Culture in a Technological Environment by Edna Aphek (a lecture, given at the Eshnav [Citizens for Responsible Use of the Internet] conference, June 2002)

To read the article

The second article from Edna begins:

While a fierce scholarly debate is going on in Israel between the followers of The Whole Language method and the great believers in the phonetic system as the panacea for all the illnesses connected with reading acquisition, a group of fourth graders tutored another group of first graders, in reading, in an intuitive manner and not using or being aware of any specific method in particular. They did it, though, with a lot of love, individual attention and using the computer. Though the tutors worked with relatively top students, some of whom were already readers, one could draw conclusions from the described case study, which could be applied to the advancing of the reading acquisition process in general, and to other learning areas as well.

To read the article

Interested in starting up one of these projects in your own country? Edna can be contacted at:



Match the following dates with the 'inventions' below:

1952, 1954, 1955, 1961, 1964, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1981

Bar codes on supermarket products
Compact discs on sale
Home kidney dialysis
The Pill goes on the market in the UK
Pocket calculator
Moon landing
First fare paying passenger in a jet airliner
TV dinner
Non-stick saucepan
Cars with airbags

The lesson plan on the site this month is about inventions. The main text used in the plan is from a Guardian article titled, 'TV dinner served up as key invention'. It's about an exhibition in Birmingham on the last 50 years' inventions. And then there's the list of 50 inventions, one for each year.

To see the plan

And to see the two texts used, & the answers to the matching above


'Grasping the nettle: The importance of perception work in listening comprehension' is the title of an excellent article by Richard Cauldwell. Here's what he says:

A common complaint from learners on first visiting an English- speaking country is that their listening skills cannot cope with fast spontaneous speech. Four inadequacies in the teaching of listening lead to this complaint: we rely too much on first language research findings; we neglect perception; we give learners easy and enjoyable, rather than challenging tasks; we use listening activities to serve other language-learning goals. I propose four things: that teachers themselves engage in classroom research in second language listening; that teachers should be provided with the skills of observing and explaining the features of fast speech; that teachers should be prepared for students to be challenged (even frustrated) in the early parts of a listening lesson; that the post-listening phase should be expanded to include aural and oral 'handling' of crucial fast extracts from recordings to improve students' perception skills

To read the article


Michael Berman continues the article, 'Storytelling for the Classroom', the second & third of four parts.

The Burden Basket
In the Native American tradition, the Burden Basket was hung outside the Tipi as a reminder to guests to leave their personal complaints or problems outside before entering. The custom was honoured or the visitor was permanently barred from returning again because entering another person's home with a black cloud of worry or neediness was considered to be very bad manners. Being in the present moment and being willing to be a welcome guest requires strength of character. If everyone considered the Sacred Space of others before speaking or acting, balance would more easily be maintained in all communal living conditions.

To read the second part of the article

And if you missed the first part

Thanks to Edna, Richard & Michael.

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This Richard Cauldwell's site - the author of the article 'Grasping the nettle' above. Here's what he says:

'Evidence from spontaneous speech challenges beliefs such as 'Languages are either stress-timed or syllable-timed' and 'We can find links between vocal patterns and emotions'. Such beliefs result from asking 'How would this sentence sound, and be interpreted, if it were to come out of the blue?' I prefer to ask 'Why did she say that, in that way, at that moment, to them in that context?'. [Context, in all senses, is all important.] Studying spontaneous speech brings new insights on how speech works, and for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.' Lots of interesting reading.

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10. PS - Internet/computer-related links
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