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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (14 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470745762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470745762
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Making Everything Easier! Teaching English as a Foreign Language for Dummies Learn to: Put an EFL course programme together from scratch Let your students loose in skills classes – from reading to listening Deliver grammar lessons in a logical and intuitive way Cope with different age groups and capabilities Your one–stop guide to a career that will take you places If you thought that teaching a language that′s second nature to you would be easy, think again! Explaining grammar, or teaching correct pronunciation while simultaneously developing your own skills as a teacher can be a huge challenge. Whether you′re on a training course or have already started teaching, this book will help launch your career and give you the confidence and expertise you need to be a brilliant teacher. Make an educated decision – decide between the various courses, qualifications and job locations available to you Start from scratch – plan well–structured lessons and develop successful and effective teaching techniques Focus on skills – from reading and writing, to listening and speaking, get your students sounding and feeling fluent Get your head around grammar – teach students to put sentences together, recognise tenses and use adjectives and adverbs All shapes and sizes – tailor your lessons to younger learners, one–to–ones, exam classes and Business English learners "An invaluable manual for anyone thinking of embarking on a TEFL journey. Michelle Maxom′s step–by–step guide provides practical tips to get you started and offers key advice to help unleash the creative English language teacher within." — Claire Woollam , Director of Studies & a Teacher Trainer at Language Link London Open the book and find: TEFL, TESOL, EFL – what all the acronyms mean The best course books and materials to supplement your teaching Advice on running your class and handling difficulties Lesson plans that you can use in the classroom Activities and exercises to keep your students on their toes Constructive ways to correct and assess your students′ performance Ways to inject some fun into your classes Insider information on the best jobs around the world

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Michelle Maxom has been teaching English throughout the UK and Italy since 1997 and has the Trinity Certificate and Licentiate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Formerly Director of Studies at Avalon School of English, she now trains would–be TEFL teachers and runs one–to–one and executive English courses.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By K. Downton on 15 May 2010
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I just finished doing my TESOL course and found this book invaluable in surviving it, and passing. The section on lesson planning was particularly useful for successfully tackling teaching practice, and I plan to continue using it to do the same thing in the 'real world'. I was also able to get in contact with the author, and she gave me some solid and practical ideas for my lessons and successful application of teaching methodology. So I would strongly recommend this book, my experience proved that the author really does know what she's talking about.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Perfumefreak on 20 Dec 2010
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This book is written in fairly simple lexis - a real plus for me as I needed to ingest all the prerequisites for an English teacher! I bought this book as I just had a call from an au pair wishing to learn English as my Dad had put my name forward! So, I thought on my feet, ordered the book, read through it - and voila! I loved it and really related to the information and tips given. Michelle Maxom uses relevant examples, clever hints and tips, gives the would-be teacher exactly what they need to construct a lesson for all levels of learners. This book is an absolute must - buy it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Maurice Treacy on 17 Aug 2011
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Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) for Dummies is an excellent reference book and is also very useful for revision work. I have used it to help me prepare for lessons and will do so again in the future. I would recommend it to any teacher or budding teacher of english language as it is concise and clear and good value for money.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. White on 15 Dec 2011
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If you are planning to study TEFL or a related subject this book is a good place to start. There are so many books on the subject but most of them focus on specific areas such as lesson planning, grammar or the mechanics of teaching individual skills (reading, writing etc). Once you get into teaching or teaching practice you will likely need those books, but for a beginner this was the best I found to give a broad overview without skimping on useful detail. It's exhaustive and has something to say about pretty much every angle you care to think of, with handy practical advice. It's accessible to the reader and eases you along with a nice tone, avoiding the jargon until you're ready for it and presenting information in simple, bite-sized terms with an easy-to-follow format.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on 20 Jan 2011
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If you are considering a TEFL course, or you have enrolled to participate on the TEFL Training Introduction Course, this is a "must" for recommended reading and future reference. An essential TEFL tool and a worth will purchase. In my opinion, Michelle Maxom has produced the Bible of TEFL, and an easy, fun, user friendly read. I have recently achieved the TEFL Training Introduction Course, which was presented and managed by Michelle. The weekend was packed with information and provided hands on learning, by means of open and closed pair work, a variety of icebreakers to build group rapport, incorporate TEFL learning and provide ideas which can be utilised in the classroom. An abundant weekend of learning, improving and fun was experienced by all students. Michelle has an extremely professional approach to her teachings. Her friendly, approachable and humours characteristics mixed with her professional manner certainly put me at ease. She encouraged me at the beginning, throughout and after the completion of the course.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Louis on 2 Dec 2009
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This book offers help on how to plan lessons and gives hints and tips, like to simplify your language and use gestures/body language to communicated more easily, and to limit your talking time to a maximum of 30% of the lesson and play games to get the students working and using there newly acquired skills. The back of the book has a list of countries and the requirements you must need (e.g. visas and qualifications) to teach in each country. Very informative and highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tammy on 24 Oct 2011
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This book is a perfect guide for people looking to go into ESL teaching like me, or probably even for teachers who just want a useful reference book. The book is fairly comprehensive. It gives honest information about what to expect in terms of the qualifications needed, living standards and average salary in various countries. It also gives you an understanding of basic classroom management, English grammar, lesson planning, where to get resources and grading student work. This book is easy enough and interesting enough that you could read it cover-to-cover if you feel like it or simply use it as a reference book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KerryAB on 16 Jan 2013
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Full of useful tips. If it also had photocopiable masters it would be a god send of a book. Thanks.
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