- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Pearson Education ESL; 1 edition (November 25, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0582853591
- ISBN-13: 978-0582853591
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Scott Thornbury is from New Zealand originally but he started his teaching career in the UK in 1975. Since then he has lived and worked in both Egypt and Spain, teaching, training teachers, and writing materials. In 1991 Scott did an MA in TEFL at the University of Reading. He has written a number of books about language teaching (including How to Teach Grammar and How to Teach Vocabulary), as well as lots of articles for journals and magazines (such as Modern English Teacher and English Teaching Professional). Scott has also given conference presentations at conferences in six different continents. At present Scott lives in Barcelona.
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I am using this to develop my approach at an in-service, English Teacher training program in Korea. My courses focus on speaking, which is incredibly elusive in many ways. Most of the major, overview-style methodology books are not very helpful in developing practical classroom approaches for speaking. And speaking is traditionally one of the weakest areas of English, in Korea (and I suspect many EFL settings).
The book is quite efficient, focused, well-written, and easy to understand.
I made the mistake of diving into a lot of methodology books, which I think are meant for degree programs, to establish a historical/contextual background of the field. These books don't offer a lot of potential for development for the teacher, in the near-term. On the other hand, there are plenty of manuals and books that are filled with games and activities. I found this to be equally unsatisfying in terms of pedagogical relevance: I could do a short game to drill vocab, etc, but it would seem disconnected from the "meaningful" classroom tasks.
This book was an excellent middle ground, drawing and introducing a broad spectrum of methodical approaches and theoretical considerations for speaking instruction. But it applies all of these things directly to the needs of the classroom teacher. Additionally, there are many activities and tasks (but this is not the main function of the book).
If you teach English speaking, get it. It's a library reference.