- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: University of Michigan Press ELT; Fourth edition (April 6, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0472031651
- ISBN-13: 978-0472031658
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #898,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Art of Teaching Speaking: Research and Pedagogy for the ESL/EFL Classroom Fourth Edition
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About the Author
Keith S. Folse, Ph.D., is Coordinator, TESOL Programs, University of Central Florida (Orlando). He is the author of Vocabulary Myths (University of Michigan Press, 2004) and more than 35 second language textbooks, including texts on grammar, reading, speaking, listening, and writing.
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The "twenty successful ideas" section is good for reference when you're looking for some ideas for your classes. But most all of these activities can be found online, on just about every website you find. The pictures for the activities in the book are quite "robotic"-looking, and are therefore not very engaging for the students, as well as a lot of the language [such as in "strip story"]. You'll have to go online and find replacements. You'll also have to modify most of the pair-work activities to be more "put-the-student-in-the-front-of-the-room", as students will cheat too easily. But it can be done. Several of these activities I would not use at all, because they're too confusing to explain, as well as to execute.
If you've been in the ESL profession for awhile, save your money and review this one in a library. You can do it in less than an hour, and take any necessary notes you need. If you're new to teaching, or are still trying to explore the possibility of teaching, it can be useful. Just keep in mind that the activities need to be adapted to suit your students level and interest, and not all the activities are useful.
The cover design, however, is appealing.
1. the balance between theory and practice--Ken Folse does a stellar job laying theoretical foundation for teaching speaking;
2. the factors that affect whether a particular lesson/activity may or may not "work" with students;
3. the short case studies that concisely describe various conversation classes around the world (though I do wish there were more on children not just adults);
4. examples of effective and ineffective conversation classes (I have found that my pre-service teachers reinforce their understanding of theory the best when they can consider it in relation to specific lesson plans.)
5. the outstanding appendices including tried-and-tested lesson plans, tips for teaching vocabulary, grammar, and even pronunciation!
In sum, this book is an incredible resource for any professional preparing to teach speaking in an ESL or EFL context. Bravo Ken Folse! Can't wait to use your book in my Methods course!