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Teaching English Abroad (8th Edition) (2006) (ELT &hellip by Susan Griffith
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
This book contains a wealth of detailed information and reflects a great deal of research but it also promotes the short but expensive (and completely unnecessary) "TEFL" certificate courses sold on the web. Such courses claim to "qualify" you to teach English as a foreign language and are frequently promoted through false advertising on the web: "You'll need this to get a job," and even bogus want-ads: "Teacher wanted - TEFL required" from non-existent schools.

The author is a Canadian who taught in Britain so her personal experience in teaching abroad is rather limited, but I would imagine that after so many editions she should be fully aware of the TEFL fraud and refuse to… Read more
Natural Grammar: The key words of English and how &hellip by Scott Thornbury
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book is based on the British national "corpus," a database of about 300 million words from various written and audio sources. Statistical analyses of the corpus have revealed the most common words and word-groups in English. Instead of presenting traditional chapters with organized grammar structures (to be, to have, etc.) this book presents 100 of the most common words and the word-groups they appear in most frequently, starting with a/an and ending with you.

The approach is refreshing (the book won an award for innovation in English language teaching), and it is well thought out. For example, the various uses of words like "just" are explained simply and clearly. One… Read more

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