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Becoming an Outstanding Languages Teacher

Steve Smith (Education Consultant and Writer, UK)



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23 August 2017
Secondary schools; Teaching skills & techniques; Teaching of a specific subject; Educational: Languages other than English; Languages & ESL; Methodology; English as a Second Language
Becoming an Outstanding Languages Teacher explores the skills that it takes to deliver exceptional language teaching and produce outstanding results. Offering support to all language teachers, this book offers a wide range of approaches to teaching and learning that will help to keep students stimulated and engaged when studying languages. Focusing on the nuts and bolts of lessons and teaching sequences, this guide looks at the methods used by teachers to interact with their students and offers practical strategies and ideas on how to incorporate skilled questioning and other interactions into the classroom. Drawing on a range of activities, case studies and tech tips to maximise engagement and learning, this book covers: running a room; dissecting a lesson: written texts, visuals and task-based approaches; enjoying sounds; dissecting a lesson: speaking and writing; purposeful games; getting grammatical; words and chunks; teaching all abilities; pace, questioning and other interactions; moving them forwards. Packed full of strategies that are easy to implement, this timely new book is essential reading for both trainee and practising language teachers.
By:   Steve Smith (Education Consultant and Writer UK)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 246mm,  Width: 174mm, 
Weight:   363g
ISBN:   9781138056633
ISBN 10:   1138056634
Series:   Becoming an Outstanding Teacher
Pages:   200
Publication Date:   23 August 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction 1. Running a room 2. Dissecting a lesson: visuals 3. Dissecting a lesson: using written texts 4. Dissecting a lesson: task-based lessons 5. Enjoying sounds 6. Purposeful games 7. Getting grammatical 8. Words and chunks 9. Dissecting a lesson: speaking 10. Dissecting a lesson: writing 11. Teaching all abilities 12. Pace, questioning and other interactions 13. Moving them forwards 14. What makes an outstanding language teacher? Conclusion

Steve Smith taught languages for over 30 years and is former Head of Modern Languages at Ripon Grammar School, UK. He now writes and presents for the AQA examination board in England and works with both trainee teachers and authors through, an online teaching resource which is widely used around the world. He is also author of Language Teacher Toolkit, a popular blog about language teaching methodology (

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