- Series: Michigan Teacher Training (Paperback)
- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: University of Michigan Press ELT; Second edition (January 10, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0472031031
- ISBN-13: 978-0472031030
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teaching English as a Foreign or Second Language, Second Edition: A Teacher Self-Development and Methodology Guide (Michigan Teacher Training (Paperback)) Second Edition
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About the Author
Jerry G. Gebhard is Professor of English and Director of Graduate Programs in Composition and TESOL, English Department, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
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I would judge it a waste of time for the experienced (4+ years) ESL/EFL teacher. However, if you have never taught EFL/ESL students or only have 1-2 years experience, it could be a valuable resource.
For TESOL/TEFL certificate holders, I couldn't recommend either way.
I like Gebhard's book because he does not claim to know the best way to teach. Rather, he wants us, as ESL teachers or future teachers, to learn how to make our own decisions about what to do in the classroom. He gives lots of examples of things we can do as teachers. (I especially like his section chapters on teaching skills -- conversation, listening, reading, writing -- and his chapter on culture and teaching.)He also provides real problems that real teachers have, and gives multiple examples of activities and materials that experienced teachers use. But, he does not tell teachers how they should teach.
The book is full of ideas and easy to read. As an ESL teacher, I can highly recommend it.