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  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (2 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415711010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415711012
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Alex Quigley... must surely be a writer and pedagogue of exceptional merit - and indeed, this is an exceptionally useful book for any teacher of English. As with all the Teach Now titles, it's as digestable as it is inspiring; written by someone who knows from first-hand experience the kind of pressures his reader will be under as he or she sets out on a teaching career, and what the reader genuinely wants from a book designed to help him or her progress from a novice, to an outstanding practitioner." - Teach Secondary Magazine

"This is a very useful book, and would be a very good buy, for any beginning English teacher. Aimed firmly at new and training teachers, and written in an extremely accessible and engaging style, it is full of good advice and a multitude of excellent ideas about teaching. It is also much more substantial than the catchy title might lead one to expect." -  Teaching English, Andy Goodwyn, University of Reading

About the Author

Alex Quigley is the English Subject Leader and Assistant Head Teacher at Huntington School, York, UK. He has taught English for a decade and he blogs regularly about teaching and learning at www.huntingenglish.com.


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An enjoyable and engaging book by Alex Quigley which will be of benefit to English teachers at the early stages of their career as well as those with more experience. In Geoff Barton's foreword he says the series started with the concept of creating 'the kind of books we wish we had when we were embarking on our own journeys' and that's what makes this a success. It covers the core elements of what it takes to be a conscientious and effective Engliish teacher, starting with the basics of why something is important then expands with detail and practical, useable strategies.
As an experienced teacher I took a lot from this. It reaffirmed areas of my own work and allowed me to strip back why I have grown to do certain things in the way I do - useful for those times when I'm training new staff in my department and know implicitly why I do things but can't quite verbalise explicitly. I also picked up ideas I've not tried before and like every good English teacher I know, we're always on the hunt to try out something new.
For new teachers, I'm envious I didn't have a book like this when I trained (and floundered) in my early years. Concepts and ideas which people expect you to know and understand are laid out in a clear and unambiguous way. For someone training and seeking a first role, you'll learn a lot about the art of the profession and different ways of dealing with the challenges you'll face - it doesn't shy away from the demands placed on English teachers and captures the realities of pressures faced as a teacher. For all early stage English teachers it's a great book to start with for developing your understanding of pedagogy.
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I have just recommended this book to my GTP for next year, as it provides the foundation tools needed for teaching English, but also for becoming a great teacher. I also found the book a great tool to dip in and out of as an experienced teacher, and was able to pick up some new ideas for different approaches to poetry and Shakespeare.

The book is easy to read and is full of advice and supportive suggestions which makes it a must-have for anyone starting out as a PGCE/GTP or Teach First student, or as an NQT looking to improve on their first year.
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I have purchased and read a lot of books aimed at teachers but this is without doubt one of the best! This book is a must for any new teacher, however I am a Head of Department with six years experience and still found this book enjoyable, informative and insightful.At the heart of this book is the joy of teaching. It is clear that the author has an unquestionable passion for teaching and this book will capture the imagination of any passionate and motivated English teacher.This book is great value for money and anyone who purchases it will not be disappointed.
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