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The Practice of English Language Teaching (3rd Edition) (Longman Handbooks for Language Teachers) Paperback – 23 Feb 2001

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Longman ELT; 3rd edition (23 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582403855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582403857
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeremy Harmer has taught in Mexico and the UK where he is currently an occasional lecturer at Anglia Polytechnic University. He has trained teachers and offered seminars all over the world. A writer of both course material and methodology, he is the author of methodology titles including How to Teach English (1998), The Practice of English Language Teaching (3rd edition 2001) and How to teach Writing (2004) ­ all published by Pearson Education Ltd. He is the General Editor of the Longman methodology list and hosts a teacher development website at http://www.eltforum.com/


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cole Davis on 11 Nov. 2007
Format: Paperback
Sorry, I can't see why this book has been recommended by so many courses. It's formulaic and fails to make useful judgements between methods. I suppose the thing I like least is how he interprets psychological theories. This is essentially a recapitulation of popular prejudices. He misses the basic points about behaviourism, comes out with outdated criticisms of intelligence testing and promotes 'Multiple Intelligence' uncritically (the experimental evidence is in fact unsupportive of this). And B.F. Skinner's first name was not Bernard!

Peculiarly enough, Harmer's other book, 'How to teach English' is probably the best introduction to English teaching. It's compact and leads to you having a basic understanding of what you should be attempting to do in class.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Alan Waters on 26 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
This is easily the best all-round A-Z of how to teach English as a Foreign Language. Already a classic before this edition, the new version is thoroughly up-to-date and more rational in its organisation. A real boon to teachers, trainers and other ELT professionals.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kimberley Louise John on 11 Sept. 2005
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I read this book in its entirety before completing a TEFL course and found it invaluable. It covers everything from intonation through to the use of audio-visual equipment in class.
Whilst I did find some of the information plain common sense it is still a 'must read' to get a foot up in the world of TEFL/TESOL
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moonflower on 3 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
As part of my CELTA course, this book was recommended.
This is a useful reference book to learn the background to language teaching, some key concepts and explores ideas of language teaching. It doesn't recommend as much as mention what methods are used. It is a quite an objective and informative book and does cover a comprehensive set of topic areas in teaching.
I have found that a lot of the teaching training classes have lessons taken out from this book so definitely worth it for the course! However, it is a little hard to read and you are often trying to read between the lines. I do often find myself asking questions after reading it so things are not as clear as they could be as to which method is generally considered 'better'. This is can be a good thing as it invites the reader to make their own judgements. The author of the book actually teaches at the school I am being trained at. He is a well respected ESL expert and active in the practice.
Though in just my opinion, a lot of what he says could be cut down to a mere few sentences. The book is very long and heavy to carry around. If I were to re-write I would cut out a lot of the author's commentary and side/background information which isn't particularly useful and place them in an appendix (perhaps as a separate booklet) as when you're looking for specific information, there's an awful lot of scanning involved.
I favour Learning Teaching by Jim Scrivener which is written much simpler, easy to follow and is more 'modern'. Plus you can go in and out of the book fairly easily.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mespeak Youlisten on 18 Jan. 2009
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This book covers all of the basics, and has a lot of useful hints for classroom practice. I often referred to it during my first year of English teaching, and can honestly say that I was never once stuck for ideas. I think that when I get a bit more experienced, I will want something slightly more in-depth, but for anyone starting out, this is a great place to start.
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By Mr Jamie Anderson on 27 Feb. 2014
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Helped me pass my CELTA course. It's more of a reference book than one to be read from start to finish. It is clear and concise. Just remember that this is the opinion of a select few and that teaching goes far beyond the pages of this book.
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