Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Question: How do readers of English Journal read its articles?

Answer/Quote: “Get to the Point. EJ readers are busy and practical professionals. They are interested in thoughtful approaches to teaching and learning, but they want to know—quickly—what the value of the article will be for them and their students. Most readers will scan an article first, looking at the title, the brief abstract, the first few paragraphs, and the pull quotes to determine\ what the article is about. Successful authors ensure their readers will understand within the first few paragraphs what they get from reading the full article.” 10.

Comment: I go one step further in addition to title, abstract, sub-heads and pull-out text. I read also the last paragraph. Usually, that paragraph summarizes the article. If I have questions about the article, I read the first sentence of each intermediate paragraph to find the details. Then I briefly summarize the article at the top of the page. Later, I keep a journal in which I reflect on the idea and its application. Somewhat the same way I use my comments to reflect on the meaning of the articles I review in this blog. RayS.

Title: “Tips for Teachers to Publish in English Journal.” Ken Lndblom, editor of English Journal. (May 2011), 10-12.

NOTE: ESL (English as a Second Language). Beginning on June 27, 2011, I began a series of article reviews dealing with teaching English as a second language. This series of article reviews continues right through the present time in July 2011. The articles suggest practical techniques for working with ESL students. You will find these reviews at http://www.raysteh2-rays.blogspot.com/. The title of the blog is “Teaching English How To….” Rays.

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