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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New edition edition (28 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041533246X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415332460
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 442,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Trevor Wright has been a teacher for over thirty years, for most of the time with
responsibilities for training and developing colleagues. For twelve years he was a Head
of Faculty, and for the last twelve years has been in charge of English secondary ITE at
the University of Worcester, running both PGCE and GTP courses, training experienced
teachers and working with a number of UK training providers as well as internationally.
Trevor has published two novels and his short stories have been broadcast by BBC
Radio 4. Ofsted describes his teaching as 'exemplary, uncommon and outstanding,' and
his teacher training as 'inspirational'.

Of the "Brilliant books", he says

"I know how hard teachers work. A few years ago, when I'd been teaching and training
teachers for about thirty years, I decided that, though teachers want and deserve to get
better, they have very little time to read books. The "Brilliant" books started because I
wanted to write something accessible but original about teaching, something with
genuine and original substance that was nevertheless entertaining to read. I started with
English teaching, and "How to be a Brilliant English Teacher", which was well reviewed
by NATE and by UKLA, is a consistent best-seller. We decided to extend the series.
"How to be a Brilliant Mentor", the fourth "Brilliant" book, is a new departure in that it is an
edited text, a collaboration with trainee teachers, teacher trainers and mentors. It brings
together a range and a depth of experience, perspective and expertise. Like the other
books in the series, "How to be a Brilliant Mentor" places practice beside principle. It will
balance and enrich your mentoring, ensuring that it's rewarding for you as well as for
your trainees".

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'This is a very good book, written by someone who clearly knows the job of English teaching.' – NATE 

'However you see yourself as an English teacher there is something in this compact and intelligent book for you. What Trevor Wright does is to keenly focus on interactive and practical approaches to teaching English and gives superb examples of good practice ... Buy this book, it will be money well spent!' – Ross Cotter, Reviewed on Amazon

'This text offers plenty of detailed, practical advice for managing the learning in the classroom while also tackling the more demanding, bigger issues facing English teachers. It is full of good sense, is thoroughly engaging and inspires one to teach.' – Literacy

About the Author

Trevor Wright is a Senior Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education at the University of Worcester, UK.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ross Cotter on 27 Aug 2006
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However you see yourself as an English teacher there is something in this compact and intelligent book for you. What Trevor Wright does is to keenly focus on interactive and practical approaches to teaching English and gives superb examples of good practice. It has the strength, like all good training, of reinforcing your own good practice and extending it.

As a book for serving English teachers it is invaluable to suggest new approaches to texts, differentiation, drama, classroom involvement and so on. For trainees it is essential! It is the foundation of a good PGCE course on its own! I will certainly make it required reading for my trainees. Buy this book, it will be money well spent!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name on 29 May 2007
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I am reading this book in preparation for an English PGCE, and I'm finding it hard to put down. It's written in a way that makes it throughly enjoyable as well as informative, as it's packed with quotations and anecdotes. The book is a little pricey, but well worth the money if, as I'm sure they will, Trevor Wright's experience and insight are going to help me to teach even nearly as creatively and effectively as he writes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Archibald on 22 April 2007
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I found this book to be packed full of excellent practical advice which has already come in useful. Everything in this book is designed to be put into use in the classroom, unlike many other similar books which give nothing more than theoretical ideas which have more than a few dependent factors.

Trevor Wright will help you to put those ideas you have for your class/lesson into practice and show you how to make an ordinary lesson into a brilliant lesson. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beci Marie on 21 Jun 2014
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Trevor Wright is an absolute genius when it comes to teacher training. I bought this book, along with his "How to be a brilliant trainee teacher" text back in December of 2012, when I was researching whether or not I'd be cut out for teaching, and it offered me a wealth of knowledge that has been so valuable this year during my PGCE.

Weirdly, I ended up on a PGCE course taught by Trevor Wright himself at the University of Worcester (unintentionally!) and he is as knowledgeable in person as he is on paper.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Antony Johnston on 22 Jan 2012
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I confess, I haven't read this book. But I was one of Mr Wright's students, at high school back in the 80s, and there's no question in my mind that he was the best English teacher I ever encountered. The mere fact that he taught me how to love Shakespeare would have been enough, considering my reluctance! But that was just one of his great qualities, and I have no doubt he's got plenty of wisdom to impart.

I've been a full-time author now for many years, and it's no exaggeration to say that probably wouldn't have happened if I hadn't encountered Mr Wright at just the right time of my school life. Thank you, sir :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fiona J. Holt on 1 Oct 2009
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I bought this book a couple of months ago and read it within two days, even after all the marking! It's easy to read and contains a wealth of practical ideas that are easily transfered to the classroom. I found the sections on teaching short and extended texts especially useful; my classes have really benefitted from them.The drama section was less useful and a little too theoretical in places- I definitely felt a real shift with the new author. My copy is now highlighted, well-thumbed and on loan to others in my English Department. I can't recommend the book highly enough, it's pepped up my teaching after 20 years in the classroom.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pablo on 1 Aug 2010
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This is the best introductory book on English teaching you will ever read. It's clear, it's accessible and its points are superbly argued and illustrated. It deals with all the key issues of English teaching from Shakespeare and poetry to classroom management, explaining and contrasting good, bad and 'brilliant' approaches to each one, always backing this up with sound pedagogical reasoning. Wright's approach is based on simple principles - setting objectives, planning, structure and focus - and he shows how the intelligent application of these can revolutionise each area of teaching. Importantly, the approaches outlined in this book maintain at all times empathy with the pupil and consideration of her/his understanding and retention. And virtually every page contains a helpful hint or pointer. Quite literally this book is unbeatable.
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By E. Frost on 23 Jun 2014
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I'm just working my way through this book and thoroughly enjoying the advice whilst writing my schemes. Easy to read with excellent examples to solidify what you already thought you knew but weren't quite sure about! Buy this book. You won't regret it.
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