14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: The Practice of English Language Teaching (3rd Edition) (Longman Handbooks for Language Teachers) (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 He misses the basic points about behaviourism, comes out with outdated criticisms of intelligence testing and promotes 'Multiple Intelligence' uncritically (the experimental evidence is in fact unsupportive of this).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.