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Lessons from Nothing: Activities for Language Teaching with Limited Time and Resources Paperback – Jul 13 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (July 13 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521627656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521627658
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 209 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The book is an abundant source of creative ideas for teaching structure and language with little or no teaching aids and resources.' QUATESOL Newsletter, 1999

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70 activities that encourage interaction and cooperation in classrooms with few resources.


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Format: Paperback
This is a small compact book that has tons of activities that
you can use with absolutely no resources. In many LDN nations
there will be no resources at all. At times, not even a chalk
board. This book can however, be used anywhere, because it
focuses on Communicative methodology and student-centered activities which allows for better development of L2 acquisition. No matter where you are teaching in the world, if your teaching TEFL/TESOL it should be on your shelf.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d49cccc) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d4b572c) out of 5 stars Must Have No Matter Where You Are Feb. 10 2002
By K. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a small compact book that has tons of activities that
you can use with absolutely no resources. In many LDN nations
there will be no resources at all. At times, not even a chalk
board. This book can however, be used anywhere, because it
focuses on Communicative methodology and student-centered activities which allows for better development of L2 acquisition. No matter where you are teaching in the world, if your teaching TEFL/TESOL it should be on your shelf.
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d4b5b34) out of 5 stars Fantastic resource for inspiration July 23 2007
By Thomas Hochmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm an English teacher in China, doing both classroom and private small-group teaching. Language learning definitely requires more than the "chalk and talk" approach that Mr. Marsland warns against, and his book is a great resource for avoiding such a bland style of teaching. Language learning should be engaging, and this book offers good inspiration for making it so.

I have to cope with very unsatisfactory teaching materials oriented towards memorization and drills -- not good for achieving fluency. Also, I'm frequently asked to teach last-minute classes with little or no time to prepare. Resources are frequently limited to little more than a chalkboard, if that. It's easy to become frantic and stuck in a pattern of "Oh God, how do I fill this 90 minutes of class time? What do I do?!"

Many thanks to Mr. Marsland for giving this concise, well-organized and thoughtful book. It's like a splash of cold water in my face when I make my own job more complicated than it has to be. /Lessons From Nothing/ is a nice reminder that you can easily turn "nothing" into "something" if you make it engaging and interactive.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d4b5bac) out of 5 stars Student-friendly and easy to implement Oct. 22 2008
By James F. Carden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I find this book to be very useful as a resource full of suggestions for "starter" and/or "transitional" activities for the active ESL teacher who is looking for ways to bring variety and action to the ESL classroom. I've found many of the activities easy to implement and very student-
friendly.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d4b5f3c) out of 5 stars Great filler activities. Aug. 2 2010
By Jr - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first got the book, I was surprised by how thin and small it was. But it is full of activities that you can pull off at a moments notice. Not really appropriate for small children but great for older ones and adults.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d4b5f6c) out of 5 stars depends on your scenario Jan. 6 2011
By Stephen Pellerine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is awesome, but you must be a creative person and be able to exercise flexibility.

I think that all language schools and colleges with TESOL departments could benefit from this book. I am not suggesting that there is anything ground breaking here - there isn't. The book is very simple, but the that's what makes it nice. You can look through, get an idea, and run with it. I have been teaching in the field (language teaching) for 15 years now and am still not against looking for ideas from others. It would be ludicrous not to do this, I feel. I teach more "academic" English now, but am still able to enjoy looking through the book but admitting that the ideas went a lot further during my time in Japan teaching more communicative English lessons.

For a library in a language school or college with TESOL team a must, but more experienced may not use it as much as someone newer in the field. We cannot say ideas are too hard or too easy - it depends on your scenario, your students' levels, your creativity to manipulate the tasks to match your goals in meaningful ways, and the resources you have.


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