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Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching (2nd Edition) (Teaching Techniques in English as a Second Language) Paperback – 11 May 2000

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92 of 97 people found the following review helpful
A solid review of methods of language teaching 30 May 2001
By Margo E DelliCarpini - Published on
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I am an ESL teacher and I teach Methods and Materials of TESOL at the University Level and I am very pleased with this book. It is clearly written and the methods, from the Audio-Lingual Method to Content Based Instruction, are presented in a format that facilitates pre-service and in-service teachers' understanding of the theoretical background of language teaching, and the book provides relevant follow up activities that promote professional growth and allow the learner to apply what they have just learned. My students have given me very positive feedback about the chioce of this as one of the texts that we use, and they all say that they wish to keep the book on the shelves of their professional libraries.I refer to it frequently as both a professional in the feild and as a teacher educator.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Solid and Practical 10 Dec 2007
By J. Marren - Published on
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Unlike many texts for educators, Larsen-Freeman's survey of the methodologies that can be used in ESL is concrete and practical. The book devotes a chapter to each technique, from Grammar/Translation to ALM to Communicative Language Learning. In each case the author describes a lesson in minute detail, breaks apart the pieces, and then examines the principles underlying the steps in the lesson. Larsen-Freeman's point, which I think every good teacher instinctively realizes, is that every method has something to recommend it, and the best approach is to have a cookbook of methods at one's disposal. In an individual class, with any individual student, it's hard to predict what the key to learning will be. This book is simple when explaining theory, and detailed when it comes to practice--a good combination for the working teacher.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A bit of history mixed with important techniques 30 Jun 2006
By M. Dove - Published on
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The methodologies presented in the first six chapters are each a compendium of obsolete second language teaching techniques. The information is interesting but not valuable. In its later chapters, this book successfully describes common methods used in today's classroom. It is a fairly good reference book for beginning ESL teachers to have.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
a must for every language teacher 7 Aug 2006
By Akira Ishikawa - Published on
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Covers all current techniques for language teaching. Impartial treatment of each method and good arguments of how they may be actually implemented.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Introduction and Overview 3 May 2008
By Luke Itall - Published on
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Strictly an overview, and a good concise introduction to the major techniques for introducing English as an L2 to ELL's.
Typically one good example of a class session for each topic, then a side-by-side summary of characteristics and applicable principals.

If you are learning about different methods, or trying to decide which might best fit your style, this is an excellent place to start. If you are looking for in-depth training and applications, more specifically-oriented material would be better.
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