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This review is from: The Practice of English Language Teaching (4th Edition) (With DVD) (Longman Handbooks for Language Teachers) (Paperback)
Another recommended text for CELTA, but one I never got round to reading until I'd completed the course. Believe me, in retrospect I can say that if you're doing the course it's worth reading beforehand, even if it's just so you know some of the answers when you start, but mostly so some of the concepts don't come new to you and you can ask some smarter questions.
Harmer is, of course, one of the "names" in ELT writing, and on the basis of this work it's easy to see why. And not only is the content here highly practical for "Teaching English as a Lingua Franca", as he convincingly argues it should be called, some would be of value to any teacher, with general sections regarding learning styles, lesson structures and classroom management, to name just a few. I also found it useful in structuring my own approach to learning a "second language" myself.
For the language specialist, there are sections on language acquisition, different approaches to presentation, motivation, types of learner and teacher, and alternative theories and approaches to paradigms such as PPP (Presentation, Practice, Production).
There are also some very useful-looking lesson plan ideas, for the range of abilities, skills and learning styles.
As you'd expect, it's not the only book you'll ever need as a teacher, but it's possibly in the category of "If you only have time to read one book about being an English Teacher..."