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  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon; 3rd Completely Revised, Updated ed. edition (April 20 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582403855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582403857
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 621 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #255,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Third Edition of this classic text incorporates a broader and more detailed analysis of issues relevant to language teachers. "The Practice of English Language Teaching" is full of practical suggestions and samples from actual teaching materials. "

About the Author

Jeremy has an international reputation as an author, teacher trainer and expert in ELT methodology. His course materials and teacher's guides are used in over 40 countries www.jeremy-harmer.com

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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d7b6024) out of 5 stars 38 reviews
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d6d1450) out of 5 stars great purchase Jan. 19 2009
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Format: Paperback
WANT A PRACTICAL LOOK INTO SOME METHODOLOGIES A TESOL/ESL TEACHER (in training) NEEDS TO BE AWARE OF?
Look no further than Jeremy Harmer's, 'The Practice of English Language Teaching'.

Arrived within two weeks of purchase (Over Christmas period), in terrific condition.
The text itself is very thorougher and Jeremy has a knack for explaining thoughts and concepts relevant to someone considering the teaching (Tesol/Tefl/Esl etc) field. Though I've only begun my TESOL certificate, I feel this text will help enormously, as this completely revised edition has the added bonus of discussion on such subjects as:
teacher development
learner autonomy &
context-sensitive learning & teaching methodologies

There is a wealth of up-to-date material any up-and-coming ESL teacher, or teacher in training, will find valuable as they complete their studies.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d6d14a4) out of 5 stars A good guide to the principles of Teaching English Aug. 10 2006
By N. Vachon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d6d18dc) out of 5 stars Too theoretical to be useful. . . March 8 2005
By J. Marren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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
HASH(0x9d6d1c9c) out of 5 stars good resource for teachers, would-be teachers May 17 2007
By Teresa Coates - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d6d1d80) out of 5 stars Superficial Sept. 18 2012
By Scoop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book gives only a cursory description of second language learning methodologies and applications.
It glosses over much of the important background required to actually understand and implement the
information used, it is a very superficial description of the information presented.

If you really are interested:
Second Language Learning Theories by Mitchell and Myles
is a great book with thoroughly explains the information and gives you a real insight into the various ways of teaching a second language,
it can be painfully dry sometimes, but unlike The Practice of Teaching English, it contains all of the relevant information.


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