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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource June 1 2014
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Well written, and very useful. We used it as a resource for 3 years in China. Should be a must have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good guide to the principles of Teaching English Aug. 10 2006
By N. Vachon - Published on Amazon.com
The Preface points out that the target audience of this book is postgraduate students, teachers in inservice training and practicing teachers. In other words people who have had some training in the past which they are now looking to put into practice. This is not my situation. I have none the less found the book to be very useful as a guide to the practical principles to be followed in Enlgish language teaching. Though it does not include very much in the way of sample activities or grammer rules, the principles the book discusses, if creativly applied, have the potential to offer a much more versitile range of activities then a collection straight forward lesson plans to follow or model after.

Admitedly I have not yet started teaching so I have not yet been able try it out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too theoretical to be useful. . . March 8 2005
By J. Marren - Published on Amazon.com
Harmer was one of the two recommended texts for my CELTA English as a Second Language course. I found it heavy going, long on theory, short on practical advice for the new ESL teacher. I much prefer Scrivener, "Learning Teaching." It's hard to find in the US, but worth the effort.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good resource for teachers, would-be teachers May 17 2007
By Teresa Coates - Published on Amazon.com
For both soon-to-be and established teachers, Harmer's book is a good introduction to the research behind English language learning and thus the more effective ways of teaching. It is short on specific teaching ideas, but that isn't its point. He points out ways that people learn, what some of the difficulties of learning English are and how to work on specific areas. I've found the book very helpful in becoming a better, more knowledgeable EFL teacher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read now if you teach ESL March 8 2014
By Karol Andersson - Published on Amazon.com
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I agree with 90 percent of what I read in this book, which is the best guide I've seen for teaching ESL. Contains the rationale behind so many of our practices, from group work to extensive reading/listening. I would think every ESL teacher has read it, but from what I observe in the field, not enough have. I recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a helpful book Jan. 14 2013
By sana j kh - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes it was a very helpful book . I needed it to review my understanding of some grammars . I even used it to help me prepare some paper work for my school.
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