How to Teach English by Jeremy Harmer is an ideal TEFL course companion. It is also a good TEFL book for those interested in starting a career in the field but wanting to find out more first.
The book is simple to follow and logically arranged. The chapters cover all the areas every new TEFL teacher needs to think about when stepping into the classroom. Harmer rationalises well the “how and the why” methodologies to teaching English as a second language.
The book contains obvious themes such as “How to be a Good Teacher” and chapters on the best techniques to use when teaching the main skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). There are plenty of real examples from textbooks which help bring the theories to life.
Another useful section of this TEFL book is the “What if” chapter. This is particularly reassuring for those nervous about taking charge of a classroom for the first time. Hypothetical what if questions are asked based on less than positive scenarios when dealing with and motivating your students. Useful strategies are then offered to try and turn those situations on their head.
Overall, this is a good TEFL book to buy before the CELTA course and to reference when doing the course.
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