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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan ELT; 2nd edition edition (31 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405013990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405013994
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.4 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jim Scrivener is an English language tutor who also tutors on initial training, Diploma and specialist teacher development programmes. He has taught and trained in many countries, including Georgia, Hungary, Kenya, Romania, Russia and the UK.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By IP Lucas on 12 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
This has been a great resource book during my training as an EFL teacher. It contains the essential information a trainee needs to know for any TESOL/TEFL course. e.g. Classroom activities, aims, classroom management, planning lessons, grammar, phonology and lexis content. An essential resource book.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Moonflower on 20 Aug. 2010
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I am an inexperienced native english language teacher and have started my CELTA course.
This book is brilliant and those who are about to start a CELTA and worried about grammar - well there is no need. I was learning about the basics of grammar frantically whilst reading this book to stop myself getting bored. I don't know why but I find learning the theory on grammar the dullest part of language teaching. I'm sure my students would find this true for them too so I wondered if there were techniques in this book I could use for my own learning.
One thing I found whilst looking at the CELTA syllabus (I highly recommend this so you know what to expect!) was that CELTA focuses on teaching methods, not your knowledge of grammar. When you do teach grammar, learn it the night before or a few days before...not a few months before the course starts. Once you teach and learn with your class, you will not forget it! This is in my opinion, the best way to learn grammar. However, it is worth familiarising yourself with some BASIC grammar such as the word classes and verb tenses with any basic grammar book. The internet is an even better resource! What I did was make my own typed up notes using various grammar books on the basics so that I can at least teach the basics should a question arise. That is to say, do not recite for example comprehensive paragraphs of what a preposition is! Simply one line definition and a few examples you can remember.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dzil on 14 Nov. 2009
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This really does have all you need to start you off with TEFL. It's a lot bigger and heavier than I expected, so check your luggage allowance before buying to take on a gap year project! You won't need another "theory" book though. It includes lesson plans and ideas and a good grammar section. It's also easy to read and use.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By AvrilP on 17 Nov. 2009
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As a trainee teacher I have found this book invaluable. An easy writing style helps with this complex subject. I am sure it will remain one of my study bibles for a few years to come. My partner has been a teacher for 25 years and found it an interesting and refreshing read. Highly recommended for new, early life and already established teachers of a foreign language. We never stop learning - but it's nice to know books like this are there to help!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. R. STANDISH on 24 May 2009
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Before tackling the CELTA course, it is worthwhile to reading this as it really helps to introduce the world of ELT teaching to the complete novice. However, those wanting to take the DELTA may prefer more detailed books such as those by Penny Ur and Jeremy Harmer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RomiAngel on 5 May 2011
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For what could be quite a tedious read, this book is very well written. I am studying before I take my TEFL qualification and I have seen a few of these books. This is the one I stuck with from the very first page. The examples are helpful and I can see me using them, especially whilst I am still a new teacher. Nothing becomes laborious to read or over complicated. Each chapter is the right length for maximum information absorbtion. I feel a lot better prepared for entering the classroom both in knowledge and mindset.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Inci Iremilci on 12 May 2010
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My CELTA tutor advised me to buy this book. It is good if you just started taching or doing a ELT training course.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. A. Carrivick on 3 Sept. 2009
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Just about to start Celta course and this book is on the reading list. Very well written and easy to engage with. Not a dry text book but obviously written by someone who enjoys, and is clearly very good at, teaching. Only gave 4 stars as still dipping in and out of before I start my course.
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