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The Practice of English Language Teaching (Longman Handbooks for Language Teachers)

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The complete reference work for teachers of English as a second or foreign language. Practical as well as theoretical, this comprehensive guide examines the most recent ideas in methodology and language theory.
Paperback, 370 pages
Published April 10th 2001 by Addison Wesley Publishing Company (first published October 1983)
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Although very thorough,THE PRACTICE OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING is more difficult than the other introduction to English as a second-language teaching guides. It is laden with theory, written in small print, and has an exceptionally dull presentation style. Think of the droning of the worst professor you ever had and it will give you an accurate feel for this book. I was excited about the accompanying CD, but the teaching examples on it were also not very inspiring. If, however, you are interes...more
What can I say about a coursebook I had to read, tear apart and rearrange into dry essays on teaching theory?

Useful, but not fun.
The book clearly and in simple words presents how to teach English in every classroom. It is good guide to teaching English. In comparison to H.D. Brown's books it is light lecture and readable.
I'm learning how to teach!
Maja Jeppesen
This is a good book to read if you are studying to become an English teacher where English is the secondary language for the students though it can be a little difficult to finish. As a learning material book, the theories are plenty and at times 'heavy' to read about, though if that surprises you it may be a good time to ask yourself why you want to be a teacher. If I could complain about one thing though, it is the fact that the author himself is not good at listing exactly where he gets his t...more

In this book, Jeremy Harmer describes the practice of English language teaching and concerns about context-sensitive teaching found at the present time. In the first page of this book is present about Introduction and acknowledgment section clearly. He wrote this book because he wanted to add more information and explanation about the practice of English language teaching as a response of comments and suggestions by some experts what he could have done in his previous edition. Besides, he includ...more
James Perkins
Appallingly dull, repetitive writing combined with common-sense teaching advice did not endear me to this book. It was a struggle to wade through and did not reveal anything new. Possibly good for somebody who is new to teaching and can stay awake with the unimpressive, faux-academic prose. One hopes the next edition will liven up the text a bit and engage the reader rather than lecturing blandly.
This book is a must-read for all teachers, especially novice teachers.
Amazing way of summarizing almost everything I needed to know for my big test.
I Gusti
it is useful for my thesis
Arwa M
I had to study this book during a university class. I didn't find it quite useful; there's barely anything about it that you could apply to your lessons.
Daslah Daslah
Its good book as reference for student english department :)
May 30, 2012 Jojo added it
an amazing book and writer, includes every aspect about teaching practices
i like Jeremy Harmer's book a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot
It's everything for English Language Teaching!
It's the ELT Bible!
Tank Green
i'm shocked by how interesting i am finding this...
The sections on how to teach skills are very useful.
This book made me miss teaching. The CD is excellent.
Dec 21, 2011 Michaela added it
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Povinná četba, no... Co k tomu říct...?
ok. this is my inspiration
Part-read for CELTA classes
Moh Komarudin
Jambu Alas
how can i read it?
good book
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