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Learner Centredness, Management, Language Clarification, Practice, Skills and Planning

suggested further reading for english language teacher trainees and teachers

Classroom Dynamics, by Jill Hadfield

Part of being a teacher is also like being a camp leader. How a group bonds, how they manage cultural difference, and solve problems at a social level really affects your class. Language clarification aside, you need to have techniques, approaches and activities that help develop rapport.

  • Classroom Management

This book deals with how to develop groups and activities that help to develop rapport, trust, confidence and positive group identity. In language teaching, we learn a lot about listening skills and communication, but to be a good communicator or listener, language aside, we need to develop some other social strengths. All this is with the view to create a positive learning environment, which is the best place you want to be!

Learning Teaching, by Jim Scrivener

“Learning Teaching” has been one of the most successful guides to English since it was first published in 1994. Its no-nonsense approach has made it a superb teaching textbook for initial training courses, and also an essential handbook for practising ELT teachers. The third edition has been extensively revised and restructured to take recent developments in ELT into account and now includes a DVD featuring a full lesson being taught as well as demonstrations of practical teaching techniques.”

  • Learner-Centredness: Chapters 1, 2, 4
  • Classroom Management: Chapter 3
  • Learner Needs/Differences: Chapter 13
  • Language Clarification: Chapters 5, 7, 8, 11, 12
  • Language Practice: Chapters 2, 7, 8, 12, 15
  • Receptive Skills: Chapters 10, 15
  • Productive Skills: Chapters 9, 15
  • Lesson Planning: Chapters 6, 14

Classroom Management Techniques (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers), by Jim Scrivener

A book full of ideas aimed to make your life in the classroom effective and enjoyable.

  • Classroom Management

“Overall winner of the 2012 HRH The Duke of Edinburgh ESU English Language Book Award, Classroom Management Techniques offers a huge range of practical techniques to help teachers make the most of their teaching space and get students working in more focused ways. It helps teachers anticipate and avoid problems in the classroom, allowing more time to be devoted to meaningful activities. By analysing the classroom from three perspectives: the classroom, the teacher and the learners, this book presents a ground-breaking analysis of 14 kinds of teacher intervention, allowing teachers to examine the way they communicate with learners.”

The Practice of English Language Teaching, by Jeremy Harmer

“This book is a really good reference for English teachers! It is easy for reading and is quite practical even for a new starter like me.” -review

While it doesn’t go deeply into the theories behind the techniques, treat it as an overview that complements training with practical information for new teachers.

  • Learner-Centredness: Chapters 3, 4, 5
  • Classroom Management: Chapter 3
  • Learner Needs/Differences: Chapters 5, 7
  • Language Clarification: Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16
  • Language Practice: Chapters 8, 14, 15, 16
  • Receptive Skills: Chapters 17, 18, 19
  • Productive Skills: Chapters 17, 20, 21
  • Lesson Planning: Chapters 11, 12

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