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Teaching English as a Foreign Language For Dummies

Making Everything Easier!


Teaching English as a Foreign Language for Dummies
Learn to:
Put an EFL course programme together from scratch
Let your students loose in skills classes
from reading to listening
Deliver grammar lessons in a logical and intuitive way
Cope with different age groups and capabilities
Your one-stop guide to a career that will take you places
If you thought that teaching a language that's second nature to you would be eas
y, think again! Explaining grammar, or teaching correct pronunciation while simu
ltaneously developing your own skills as a teacher can be a huge challenge. Whet
her you're on a training course or have already started teaching, this book will
help launch your career and give you the confidence and expertise you need to b
e a brilliant teacher.
Make an educated decision decide between the various courses, qualifications and
job locations available to you
Start from scratch plan well-structured lessons and develop successful and effec
tive teaching techniques
Focus on skills
from reading and writing, to listening and speaking, get your st
udents sounding and feeling fluent
Get your head around grammar teach students to put sentences together, recognise
tenses and use adjectives and adverbs
All shapes and sizes tailor your lessons to younger learners, one-to-ones, exam
classes and Business English learners
"An invaluable manual for anyone thinking of embarking on a TEFL journey. Michel
le Maxom's step-by-step guide provides practical tips to get you started and off
ers key advice to help unleash the creative English language teacher within."
Claire Woollam, Director of Studies & a Teacher Trainer at Language Link London
Open the book and find:
TEFL, TESOL, EFL
what all the acronyms mean
The best course books and materials to supplement your teaching
Advice on running your class and handling difficulties
Lesson plans that you can use in the classroom
Activities and exercises to keep your students on their toes
Constructive ways to correct and assess your students' performance
Ways to inject some fun into your classes
Insider information on the best jobs around the world
Product Details
Paperback: 396 pages
Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (January 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0470745762
ISBN-13: 978-0470745762
About the Author
Michelle Maxom has been teaching English throughout the UK and Italy since 1997
and has the Trinity Certificate and Licentiate Diploma in Teaching English to Sp
eakers of Other Languages. Formerly Director of Studies at Avalon School of Engl
ish, she now trains would-be TEFL teachers and runs one-to-one and executive Eng

lish courses.
Reviews
I'm planning to teach English as a foreign language and this was my first choice
as a primer. It's complete and contains a vast amount of information, all of wh
ich is relevant. It is well-organised and clearly written by a master of her cra
ft. What surprised me was that there was so much on the business of teaching stu
dents of all ranges of ability. There is a lot of treatment of the teaching of g
rammar as well, and these parts are quite intense. Actually, I learned a lot abo
ut my own languages; for example, I didn't realise that there are twelve tenses
(plus four conditional moods) in English! My only criticism was that, when refer
ring to tenses, the writer spoke of the 'past perfect simple' tense, which confu
sed me because it is clear that the simple and perfect are separate tenses. In a
ddition, the process of converting it to Kindle format has lost some of the foot
note and sideline layout but that's not really important. Those points aside, it
contains links to good and useful resources and I found this book easy to read
and will keep it as a basic reference.
This book is well organized, well-written and simple enough without being condes
cending. It is definitely for TOTAL newbies in the field of ESL, those that don'
t even know what country they wish to teach in. It has details of several of the
different ESL countries, but also goes in depth on classroom management and tec
hniques for teaching reading-writing-listening-speaking. Overall a great intro f
or beginning teachers.
I bought this book because I work with someone who wanted to learn English bette
r. I offered to teach him, but cautioned him by stating, "Look, I'm not a teache
r, but I'll do my best to help you." The biggest challenge is explaining the atr
ocity known as written English... But this book does a fabulous job in giving so
me direction on where to start, and where to take it.
Teaching English as a Foreign Language For Dummies. Good information and instruc
tion in the book; easy to understand; applicable information in the book.