EFL teacher and teacher trainer with 15 years' teaching experience in the UK and Colombia. I hold a Cambridge CELTA and Diploma (DTEELLS), and a MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from University of Portsmouth, UK.
'A Teacher's Guide to Successful Classroom Observations in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language)' is a resource book for pre- and in-service English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers of adults who need to plan and deliver 60-minute classroom observations and need support throughout this process.
This book is not a resource for observers. It is aimed at trainee teachers of adults enrolled on initial teacher training courses such as the Cambridge CELTA or Trinity Certificate. It is also useful for recently qualified teachers who are applying for TESL jobs and need to carry out demonstration classes. The book is also useful for in-service teachers hoping to complete higher level teaching qualifications such as the Cambridge DELTA, Trinity Diploma, and practical modules on MA in TESL courses. It is also a good resource for more experienced teachers who need to brush up on their lesson planning skills before an observation.
The innovative features of 'A Teacher's Guide to Successful Classroom Observations in TESL' are:
* a fresh take on the process of classroom observations, both from the observee's and observer's perspectives, which helps ESL teachers and trainee teachers succeed in meeting their aims in a formal 60-minute observation
* embedded examples of positive and negative feedback given by observers regarding various aspects of a 60-minute lesson
* checklists at the end of sections that teachers and trainee teachers can refer to before, during and after a 60-minute classroom observation
* interviews with experienced TESL observers that give observees valuable advice on how to succeed in 60-minute classroom observations, including observations at diploma level
* a useful glossary with key terminology and abbreviations used in TESL observations
Ender Velasco Tovar has 15 years' TESL experience in the UK and Colombia. He holds a Cambridge CELTA, a Cambridge DTELLS, and a MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Portsmouth, England.
A Brief Introduction to ELT Methodology is an abridged overview of past and current methodology within the English Language Teaching profession. It provides readers with a snapshot of ELT methodology from both theoretical and practical viewpoints. That is, it begins with an overview of ELT history before moving onto a brief outline of developmental, communicative and alternative approaches and methods in ELT. It then covers sections on Curriculum and Syllabus, and Assessment in ELT. Next, the book provides an introduction to the way ELT works in the classroom through sections on classroom techniques, teaching language systems (grammar), teaching receptive skills, and teaching productive skills (writing). Finally, the book suggests a number of ways to exploit content texts in CLIL.
Being an introductory resource, A Brief Introduction to ELT Methodology may not appeal to the experienced ELT professional. Rather, the book may appeal more to those readers who are at the beginning of their teaching careers and would like to dig deeper into the area of ELT methodology. This brief introduction might suit those who are currently enrolled on initial teacher training courses or on 'Licenciatura en Enseñanza de Idiomas'/'Licenciatura en Lenguas Modernas Especialidad Inglés' in Latin-American contexts. Lecturers and teacher trainers on these courses may also use this book as an introductory volume before referring students to more detailed and specialised textbooks.
Key features: examples of practical applications of theoretical issues discussed in the book; self-study activities at the end of each chapter (with answers); 'Food for thought boxes' within chapters (with commentaries included at the back); links to carefully selected YouTube® videos throughout the book, which help the reader gain deeper understanding of topics discussed; a bibliography and suggestions for further reading at the end of chapters; a glossary and abbreviations section at the back of the book.
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