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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: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,668 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Johnson on Feb. 10 2002
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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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
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.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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
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
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
Very handy book Jan. 13 2010
By Grill Master - Published on Amazon.com
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I've used a couple of ideas from this book. It is very easy to use. The table of contents is very detailed.

I like how the book is organized. He gives you activities to do with absolutely NO supplies all the way up to using a chalkboard and pen and paper with your students.

Honestly I probably will not end up using MOST of the ideas in the book, but it does get me thinking and helps spark other ideas.

Good price and good book. Would recommend for anyone needing ideas for activities to use with limited supplies. All ages appropriate.


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