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Teaching English as a Foreign Language For Dummies



Teaching English as a Foreign Language For Dummies

Michelle Maxom

ISBN: 978-1-119-99228-8 November 2010 396 Pages

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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 easy, think again! Explaining grammar, or teaching correct pronunciation while simultaneously developing your own skills as a teacher can be a huge challenge. Whether 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 be 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 effective teaching techniques
  • Focus on skills – from reading and writing, to listening and speaking, get your students 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

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

'An invaluable manual for anyone thinking of embarking on a TEFL journey. Michelle Maxom's step-by-step guide provides practical tips to get you started and offers key advice to help unleash the creative English language teacher within.'
– Claire Woollam, Director of Studies & a Teacher Trainer at Language Link London

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started in TEFL 7

Chapter 1: Discovering the Wonderful World of TEFL 9

Chapter 2: Looking at What TEFL Teachers Actually Do 19

Chapter 3: Examining Courses, Qualifications and Jobs 31

Part II: Putting Your Lesson Together 47

Chapter 4: Starting from the Beginning: Planning the Lesson 49

Chapter 5: Standing in the Spotlight: Presenting to the Class 67

Chapter 6: Holding the Reins and Letting Them Loose – Giving Students Practice 85

Chapter 7: Giving Correction and Feedback 101

Chapter 8: Being Materialistic! Using Course Books and Other Materials 115

Chapter 9: Who’s The Boss around Here? Managing Your Classroom 125

Part III: Teaching Skills Classes 137

Chapter 10: Taken as Read: Teaching Reading Lessons 139

Chapter 11: Write or Wrong? Teaching Writing Lessons 157

Chapter 12: What Accent? Teaching Pronunciation 171

Chapter 13: Setting Their Tongues Wagging: Speaking and Discussion 183

Chapter 14: In One Ear, Out the Other: Learning To Listen 195

Part IV: The Grammar You Need to Know – and How to Teach It 209

Chapter 15: Stop Press! Student to Deliver Sentence 211

Chapter 16: Feeling Tense? Sorting Out Verb Tenses 227

Chapter 17: Exploring More Important Verb Structures 247

Part V: What Kind of Class Will I Have? 263

Chapter 18: Putting Students to the Test 265

Chapter 19: Getting Specific: Teaching Just One Student and Business English 275

Chapter 20: Getting Youth on Your Side: Coping with Younger Learners 283

Chapter 21: Making the Grade: Handling Exam Classes 299

Chapter 22: Distinguishing Monolingual and Multi-lingual Classes 317

Part VI: The Part of Tens 333

Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Liven Up an English Lesson 335

Chapter 24: Ten Great Resources for TEFL Teachers 341

Appendix A: Lesson Plan Templates 349

Appendix B: TEFL Locations around the World 355

Index 363