- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (November 23, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439251991
- ISBN-13: 978-1439251997
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,388,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Provoking Thought: Memory and Thinking in ELT
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"A brilliant collection of out-of-the-box and totally engaging humanistic teaching gems." -- Sab Will, Hotchpotchenglish.com
"Provoking Thought is a great resource for not just language teachers but most probably other kinds of teachers as well who need to engage their students and start a far more dynamic classroom atmosphere." -- Alberto Gaspar, The APPI Journal
"Stimulating and interesting... you should get hold of the excellent Provoking Thought. Highly recommended." --Alistair Dickinson, Developing Teachers
"I would encourage anyone with upper level students, or simply an interest in the workings of the mind and the desire to bring the reflection of such into a classroom, to explore what this book has to offer. Houston has put together a valuable resource and has, in fact, provoked my own thoughts on classroom practices." -- Kay Brushett, IH Journal
"This is a gem of a book. Provoking Thought is well laid out, easy to use and written without too much EFL jargon. This is a good little resource to have on your reference shelf." -- Sandee Thompson, Modern English Teacher
About the Author
Hall Houston currently teaches undergraduate students at Kainan University in Luzhu, Taiwan. His first book, The Creative Classroom, was published in 2007. His practical articles on language teaching have been published in periodicals such as English Teaching Professional, Modern English Teacher, IATEFL Voices and It's for Teachers. He has a Master's Degree in Foreign Language Education from The University of Texas at Austin.
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Dividened into five major sections (Thinking, Memory, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Organizing Ideas on Paper), this systematic book demonstrates how to engage students and create a far more creative, dynamic English classroom. Filled with practical lesson plans and revealing interviews, this powerful teacher's resource inspired revisions to my course curriculum to include new exercises, and modify old classics.
Hall Houston, a prolific ESL/EFL writer and English teacher in Taiwan, has assembled an impressive amount of material in this inspiring book. Part journalism, part teacher resource, and part philosophy, this original and reflective ELT textbook will "provoke thought" on how we teach English for both experienced and novice instructors.
One minor criticism: the book would have benefited from including several reproducible lessons that the author so vividly describes, saving time and encouraging more classroom applications of these creative exercises that cajole students into thinking in English.
Bottomline: This is my favorite ELT book of 2009 - by far!
Additionally, the book does not just show the teacher the principles of `Provoking Thought' but backs them up with proven and easy to understand lesson plans that apply them from Hall's own classroom. An informative read for not just ELT instructors, but other kinds of teachers as well.