A Course in Language Teaching Trainee Book

Trainee Book

This important course provides a comprehensive basic introduction to teaching languages, for use in pre-service or early experience settings. It can be used by groups of teachers working with a trainer, or as a self-study resource. The Trainee's Book provides all the tasks given in the main book but without background information, bibliographies, notes or solutions. It is suitable for those studying on a trainer-led course, where feedback is readily available.


 Reviews:

'This may be Ur's magnum opus – a remarkably comprehensive and valuable work that is (almost) a pick-it-up-and-run-with-it teacher training programme.' EA Journal 'This is a thought-provoking and resourceful text that seeks to do justice to the complexity of the processes we call teaching and learning … ' EA Journal

'From Spoken English, Volume 30, 1997: "This is a very practical, user-friendly and 'active' book. The Course of the title might be made plural since its particular strength lies in the variety of ways and situations in which it can be used.' 'I have a feeling that this book will nourish teachers and trainers in many parts of the world for some time to come. In it, the author shares with readers the fruits of her life's work, her experience as a teacher and trainer - which has obviously not been 'one year's experience repeated twenty times'. The result is a book which will, I suspect, become an invaluable resource for every teacher trainer.' ELT Journal, 1997 'Comprehensive, intelligent, useful.' The English Speaking Union 'Once in a while, the new addition is not just a welcome addition but a real contibution to the profession, one that deserves a place of honor in every teacher trainer's and teacher's library … You did it again Penny Ur and for that we are indebted to you!'

'A Course in Language Teaching … it provides a broad and accessible introduction to many of the most important features of classroom language teaching, and many of the units and associated tasks would make excellent pre-session input. Most importantly, it encourages thought and reflection, and takes trainee teachers further into underlying principles than do some of its predecessors (e.g. Hubbard et al (1983) or Doff (1988)). As such, it will undoubtedly prove a valuable resource for language trainers and trainees alike.' LABCI T-T SIG, 1996 'These tasks are authentic, challenging and well designed. Both novice and experienced teachers will find them extremely helpful in enriching their professional knowledge as well as sharpening their teaching competence." "A Course in Language Teaching is an excellent reference book for foreign language teachers, offering stimulating insights and practical suggestions for both classroom application and personal professional growth.' SYSTEM, 1997

'This is a powerful book to be used in both pre-service and in-service settings, where there is a resource-person - a trainer - or where self-study is the approach to depend on. It is definitely excellent value for money! THE REVIEW CORNER strongly recommends A COURSE IN LANGUAGE TEACHING PRACTICE AND THEORY for both in-service (University and Politecnico) and in-service teacher training (acces de Formacao, self-study, cooperative study). PENNY UR's stimulating insights from her personal experience as a teacher-trainer will work as an inspiration for one's own professional and personal development.' APPI Newsletter, 1996

'I was both gladdened and saddened by this book. Saddened because I missed this book when I was a trainee and had to find a lot of these things out for myself without much guidance in the process; gladdened because this book means - I hope - that teacher training now has a comprehensive and up to date introduction to what matters in ELT.' VVLE, 1997

Reference Type: bibliography

Brown, G. and Yule, G. (1983) Teaching the Spoken Language, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Graham, C. (1978) Jazz Chants, New York: Oxford University Press.
Johnson, K. (1995) Language Teaching and Skill Learning, Oxford: Basil Blackwell.
Krashen, S. D. (1982) Principles and Practice in Second Language Acquisition, Oxford: Pergamon Press.
Porter Ladousse, G. (1987) Role Play, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Selinker, L. (1972) ‘Interlanguage’, IRAL, 10, 219–31.
(1992) Rediscovering Interlanguage, London: Longman.
Ur, P. and Wright, A. (1992) Five-Minute Activities, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Wragg, E. C. (1981) Class Management and Control, London: Macmillan.
Wragg, E. C. and Wood, E. K. (1984) ‘Pupil appraisals of teaching’ in Wragg, E. C. (ed.), Classroom Teaching Skills, London and Sydney: Croom Helm.