Learning Teaching (Macmillan Books for Teachers)
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Learning Teaching (The Teacher Development Series)

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Learning Teaching has been one of the most successful guides to the practice of teaching since it was first published in 1994. Part initial training textbook, part handbook for practicing teachers it is the definitive guide to what happens in the language classroom. Jim Scrivener's approach is not just theoretical - the book is packed with practical and useable activities....more
Paperback, Second Edition, 432 pages
Published March 31st 2005 by Macmillan Education (first published 1994)
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Sad to say, but I’ve lived more intimately with this book than just about any other in my life. I used Learning Teaching on a daily basis in Korea, where I spent a couple of years instilling the finer points of EFL pedagogy into trainee teachers to whom the finer points of the English language were themselves a little murky. But Koreans always make up in enthusiasm what they lack in know-how, so I have no complaints there. As for Learning Teaching, it’s not a bad resource. I mean, it’ll still su...more
There are three books that are often cited as excellent introductions to the methodology of teaching English as a second language. One is a simple two day read, another is a theoretical treatise, and this one strikes a balance between the two. Scrivener covers all the practical information needed to begin the journey as a TEFL teacher, and does so in a clear and engaging way. The book also has many examples and samples of activities that can be used in the ESL classroom. I am starting the CELTA...more
I recently picked up this book and was very impressed! I am a teacher trainer and teach many of the concepts in this book. I found it well laid out, informative, and an all around great resource. It includes a wonderful mixture of methodology as well as practical activities. It was very down to earth--something that English teachers whose native language is NOT English could understand. Very accessible and practical!

Highly recommend! I am very interested in the differences between 2nd and 3rd e...more
Robert Stewart
I've been an EFL teacher in Brazil for 29 years now. When I worked at schools, this book was used in dozens of teachers' meetings and other courses by people who saw it as a sort of teaching Bible. I absolutely detested the sessions and the book itself. Bubbling with drivel and abounding in nonsense, this is one that I will happily leave to gather dust. The problem with people who write books like this and give courses using it is that they haven't been in a real classroom for decades. At one bo...more
Lord Beardsley
As someone going to be taking the CELTA course soon, this was put on my recommended reading list. All I can say is that this will be my bible during training (and possibly beyond). This demystifies everything to do with EFL teaching and really gives you a great starting point. If you have a TEFL or TESL and haven't come across this book yet, I can't recommend it enough!
Rosa Penco
All you need to know to teach. A must-have for all trainees.
A bit wordy but many wonderful teaching ideas.
A guidebook for ELT teachers, this is one of a series for teachers, trainers and academic managers which aims to promote development by dealing with professional topics in a personal way, in order to deepen understanding, raise self-awareness, and encourage self-direction and choice.

The book covers pretty all aspects of teaching, from the use of course books, planning a syllabus, getting meaning across, restricted practice and more. It is a thin book, so the coverage is introductory and definite...more
Rupert Owen
This is one of the better learning resources I have come across for teachers of English. Scrivener has mapped out every process you could want to explore in your teaching practice, and he grades his language for teachers entering this profession succinctly. His research has identified problems in the classroom, with learning and teaching, providing methodologies that limit these problems, as well as basics of classroom management and the implementation of learning theories. If you are planning t...more
Learning Teaching attempts to kill two birds with one stone - it aims to be an initial training handbook and also a guide to continuing teacher development - and it manages to do both better than many single-focussed books. The key to its success is its focus on practical advice. Throughout the different sections, it offers clear practical tips and hints on getting through a language teaching class with confidence. Highly recommended for anyone starting a certificate course in TEFL/TESOL as well...more
Came across this in my CELTA course a few years back. One that I continue to refer to over the years.
I read this book because it is required reading for a course I am taking. I went into reading it expecting to be bored to tears (it is a textbook after all). However, it was one of the most intriguing and fascinating textbooks I've ever read. The principles and methods Scrivener describes for every facet of the EFL classroom had me envisioning how I could apply them to my own classroom. The DVD resource is extremely beneficial as well. I can't wait for school to start!
Apr 12, 2011 Joecolelife rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joecolelife by: www.CocoMartini.com
This book is informative and well written. The chapters are developed around common teaching themes such as classroom management, planning, and vocabulary. He also includes teacher toolkits which contain activity suggestions, observation tasks and teacher reflection ideas.

Overall this is a great book, and I highly recommend it to new teachers as well as experienced language teachers who wish to further hone their craft.
Prescribed pre-course reading. This is especially useful for trainee teachers without any classroom experience because it explains how a lesson is planned and conducted. However, theory can only take you so far. It does not replace practicum. That said, I am glad I have Scrivener to turn to when I am struggling with my lesson plan.
A fantastic reference book for ESL teachers. You'll keep going back to it for tips and ideas. Ideal for those starting out in ESL and essential reading during the CELTA course.
Good beginners book or refresher book for Teachers of ESL or TESOL... whatever, We used it in our Cert. course and I highly recommend its practical usefulness!
Paul Servini
Excellent manual that I've just finished reading through. But doubtless, I'll be coming to it again and again. One of the best books of its kind.
Jul 05, 2007 Godzillion rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: TEFL/TESL teachers
Wanna learn how to teach? wanna be a good teacher? Read this book! There are a whole load of things in this book that you can learn as a teacher :-)
Feb 24, 2009 Kristen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kristen by: TFLI
Good introduction that I suspect will be a good reference. And, bonus, British author so fun little phrases.
we all started our teaching careers with the guide of this book
Sep 21, 2007 Lynelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: new teachers
This is the book I read for my CELTA course
Part-read for CELTA classes
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