Number 1 This issue features Hawaii, and a lesson plan guides teachers in exploring Hawaiian culture, and their own cultures, with their students. Other articles discuss integrating indigenous cultures into English language teaching, integrating critical thinking into language teaching, using story boxes in the classroom, and learning to hypothesize through Sudoku game play.
Number 2 The spotlight is on New Mexico. Accompanying the feature article is a lesson plan designed to teach students about the state’s climate and energy issues. Other articles focus on World Englishes, organizational skills that aid language learning, public speaking tasks in English language learning, ways to make university English classes more interactive, and video recording in teacher training.
Number 3 The feature article focuses on Virginia, The Old Dominion, and a companion lesson plan is titled “Virginia: Jamestown and Its People.” Other articles in this issue explore literary analysis in the EFL classroom, English instruction for the tourist industry, livening up college English classes with games, using VOA Special English to improve vocabulary, and motivating students to read.
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.