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Learning Teaching: A guidebook for English language teachers Paperback – 31 Mar 2005

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan ELT; 2nd edition edition (31 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405013990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405013994
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.4 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jim Scrivener is an English language tutor who also tutors on initial training, Diploma and specialist teacher development programmes. He has taught and trained in many countries, including Georgia, Hungary, Kenya, Romania, Russia and the UK.


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This has been a great resource book during my training as an EFL teacher. It contains the essential information a trainee needs to know for any TESOL/TEFL course. e.g. Classroom activities, aims, classroom management, planning lessons, grammar, phonology and lexis content. An essential resource book.
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I am an inexperienced native english language teacher and have started my CELTA course.
This book is brilliant and those who are about to start a CELTA and worried about grammar - well there is no need. I was learning about the basics of grammar frantically whilst reading this book to stop myself getting bored. I don't know why but I find learning the theory on grammar the dullest part of language teaching. I'm sure my students would find this true for them too so I wondered if there were techniques in this book I could use for my own learning.
One thing I found whilst looking at the CELTA syllabus (I highly recommend this so you know what to expect!) was that CELTA focuses on teaching methods, not your knowledge of grammar. When you do teach grammar, learn it the night before or a few days before...not a few months before the course starts. Once you teach and learn with your class, you will not forget it! This is in my opinion, the best way to learn grammar. However, it is worth familiarising yourself with some BASIC grammar such as the word classes and verb tenses with any basic grammar book. The internet is an even better resource! What I did was make my own typed up notes using various grammar books on the basics so that I can at least teach the basics should a question arise. That is to say, do not recite for example comprehensive paragraphs of what a preposition is! Simply one line definition and a few examples you can remember.
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This really does have all you need to start you off with TEFL. It's a lot bigger and heavier than I expected, so check your luggage allowance before buying to take on a gap year project! You won't need another "theory" book though. It includes lesson plans and ideas and a good grammar section. It's also easy to read and use.
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As a trainee teacher I have found this book invaluable. An easy writing style helps with this complex subject. I am sure it will remain one of my study bibles for a few years to come. My partner has been a teacher for 25 years and found it an interesting and refreshing read. Highly recommended for new, early life and already established teachers of a foreign language. We never stop learning - but it's nice to know books like this are there to help!
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Before tackling the CELTA course, it is worthwhile to reading this as it really helps to introduce the world of ELT teaching to the complete novice. However, those wanting to take the DELTA may prefer more detailed books such as those by Penny Ur and Jeremy Harmer.
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Bought this when I did my CELTA course. Invaluable reference book, can highly recommend it! It's detailed enough without getting boring and though I don't think anybody reads it cover to cover at the beginning, it provided me with useful information throughout the course. It's one of those books that you just start to browse through even if you are not looking for something specific and suddenly you discover a new technique which you then want to try out in your next lesson. It was also helpful as a reference for the CELTA assignments. The book also includes some photocopiable resources, e.g. questionnaire for individual learning preferences, lesson plans (long and short version), different worksheets and games. There are not a lot of resources but they can give you ideas for making your own! Definitely a good buy.
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Just about to start Celta course and this book is on the reading list. Very well written and easy to engage with. Not a dry text book but obviously written by someone who enjoys, and is clearly very good at, teaching. Only gave 4 stars as still dipping in and out of before I start my course.
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For what could be quite a tedious read, this book is very well written. I am studying before I take my TEFL qualification and I have seen a few of these books. This is the one I stuck with from the very first page. The examples are helpful and I can see me using them, especially whilst I am still a new teacher. Nothing becomes laborious to read or over complicated. Each chapter is the right length for maximum information absorbtion. I feel a lot better prepared for entering the classroom both in knowledge and mindset.
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