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Discussions That Work: Task-Centred Fluency Practice (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers)

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How can you make a discussion really work? This text provides guidelines on the organization of successful task-centered activities, along with 50 practical examples that have proven effective in classroom use.
Paperback, 130 pages
Published January 30th 1981 by Cambridge University Press
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Dec 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a great guide for oral-based language classes. It gives many concrete ideas for how to create situations in the classroom that encourage target language use.
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Jan 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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This short and sweet book reinforces a lot of what I learned in my CELTA classes a few years back when it comes to learning English in the classroom. Instead of the drilling and extremely structured dialogues that used to be the norm in ESL and EFL education, Penny Ur gives a brief overview using speaking activities that are more open and are akin to using English in real world situations.

Even though much of this was a review, I did pick up a few tips on giving instructions that are clear to the
John Bocskay
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
I thought this is a useful little book to get an EFL teacher up and running with task-based language teaching. A bit light on theory, but just enough to ground the new teacher in the rationales for the subsequent lessons, and still holds up fairly well in light of 30-odd years of subsequent language acquisition research. Lots of good lesson ideas which are easily adaptable. I would recommend this for anyone teaching a loosely-structured, intermediate/advanced EFL/ESL course as a quick source of ...more
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
It helped me with my master thesis, but I would love to have more theoretical background and more diversed activities. These activities are for common themes, I would have loved something outside the box.
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, very useful book with well-explained activities that make classroom conversation better and more engaging.
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