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The ELT Daily Journal: Learning to Teach ESL/EFL Paperback – April 29, 2013
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"The ELT Daily Journal, targeted at novice teachers, may be a valuable investment as you begin your journey. It very effectively provides new teachers with a useful, reassuring resource to turn to. A book like this could bridge the gap between those difficult early days and becoming established in the profession."
- Lizzie Pinard, English Teaching Professional
"Dr. Senior's introduction is a 'must read'...Each page gives new teachers the opportunity to try out a new idea or think about a new concept without being too overwhelmed by too many things at one time...Overall I liked this book. It is lovely to have all of these gems in one place."
- Sandee Thompson, Modern English Teacher
"Although the book is designed to accompany a CELTA or similar course, I think it would also be perfect for more experienced teachers to take to a conference or series of workshops to save their notes. And as we are never too old or experienced to learn, or as we might like to reassess or revitalise our teaching methods, this might just be the catalyst we need."
- Helena Lustenberger, The ETAS Journal
"An easy-to-understand and practical ELT teachers' guide. It provides some words of wisdom from note-worthy English teachers and authors, along with space for you, the classroom teacher, to write in your own thoughts, ideas and activities. Even after the journal pages have been filled up, The ELT Daily Journal would be one of the quick resource books a teacher would want to keep on their bookshelf throughout their ELT professional life."
- Irene Alice, MEXTESOL Journal
From the Back Cover
Containing a wealth of tips, advice, and activities, The ELT Daily Journal is a helpful resource for your first few weeks of teaching. Use it to take notes, construct lesson plans, jot down creative ideas, or describe your latest adventures in the classroom. Ideal for an overseas teaching job and the perfect companion for a CELTA, TKT, or TESOL certificate course.
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Hanna made me feel I’m as much a teacher as anyone teaching today. For teachers just beginning their profession her tips and techniques are perfect. She makes it a point for everyone wanting to teach language to have a couple of activities that are always on the tongue to always come back to. This is a great way for new teachers to develop their styles based off their favorite activities. If a teacher is stuck and doesn’t know what to do he or she can just remember one activity that students really liked and build off that. Her tips focused on the well being of the teacher and all the teacher can do to be completely prepared, not stress out and guarantee that class will be smooth sailing.
When I read Eric’s Roth’s tips I felt like I was already in a class with him. His tips are so personable and could fit each student’s pace of learning. His tips create a comfortable environment for students to take risks and learn from their mistakes. Instead of getting down on a student for making a mistake Eric wants his students to not worry about getting it right and being perfect but understand that each person learns differently. What might help one person might hurt another person. One thing that was really helpful that he mentioned was youtube. For new teachers one exercise that would help students would be to go on youtube and pick three videos that they feel help create a better understanding of the language. Each student is going to choose a different video that will satisfy his or her style.
Eoin Higgins’ methods are down to earth and honest. One thing I appreciated about his tips was the responsibility he put on both student and teacher. Eoin didn’t just make this about the teacher teaching students a new language but the students doing their part to learn the language themselves. The teacher can only teach so much. After a while the student needs to make it a point to do exercises on their own, they need to create ways that they can learn the language outside of class. Eoin makes it a point to make these lessons fun. He even admits that grammar is not the most fun subject in school. He answers the question how could we make a subject like grammar fun and the answer is by making it quick. He wants grammar to be taught in a way where there won’t be long boring lectures but with illustrations and clever examples to spur the lesson of the day.
An in depth research section and recommended reading will help you develop your own teaching plan and will give you loads of suggestions. There are also helpful tips from ELT authors who have once been in your position. The book definitely gives you the motivation to get started.
Lionhead (Volume 1)
The Serenity Compound
The ELT Journal seeks to make your transition from "novice teacher" to "competent language teaching professional" less stressful and more enjoyable. In it you will find a thoughtful introduction by Dr. Rose Senior, an award-winning author specializing in classroom language teaching, which reminds you that "making mistakes is part of the learning process." She then explains how to handle the most common challenges, such as timing issues, pacing issues, and communication issues, and reminds you of the importance of having an inclusive "class centered" mindset instead of a combative "me vs. them."
At first sight the almost empty, lined Journal pages that follow Senior's intro look odd, but glancing at the bottom of the page there are ideas and suggestions for "icebreakers," "warmers," "closers," or a "classic activity" - and, again, tips on how to avoid common teaching mistakes. On second thought, the empty pages aren't that odd after all. They are for you to fill up with sudden brainstorms, meeting notes, planning lessons, rough drafts of articles etc.
If you seek more tips and suggestions, "15 ELT experts" share their classroom success with you. Sean Banville, a "webmaster of eight English learning sites," who has taught for 20 years in Japan and UAE, for example, reminds you to "talk to your students about why they are studying English and what they need." Eric Roth, a lecturer at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and co-author of several acclaimed ESL "Compelling Conversations" books, highlights the importance of allowing students to "make good mistakes" in a safe, tolerant classroom environment instead of having them be constrained by the "demon of perfectionism." Likewise, Hanna Kryszewska, a co-author of resource books and a senior lecturer at the English Language Institute in Gdansk, Poland, reminds you to "be creative," "keep learning and developing," and to "look after yourself."
Last but not least, the Resource section guides you to more books, blogs, websites, periodicals, webinars and organizations to help make your ESL/EFL career a fulfilling one for you and your students.