I’m looking for some advice on English Teaching. I have recently moved to Spain and find myself teaching English. I have a number of years teaching experience (Sports and Computing) but need to improve on some specific points. As well as moving, I have completed a TEFL Diploma, that to be honest was almost a waste of time and money. It’s over 20 years since I left school and I need to improve my grammar. Onto the specific questions.

1. Are there any grammar books you would recommend for native English speakers who wish to brush up on their skills? I have the Grammar In Use books but feel I need something more structured. I have six weeks until the new term starts and I have to improve.
2. I really enjoy teaching English and would like to study English in greater detail. Do you know of any good online degree courses? Do I need to study English Language or Linguistics?
3. Finally, I would like to find a books or courses that cover the practical aspects of teaching English to non-native speakers. Things like pronunciation techniques, when to introduce certain topics or structures etc.

Thank You
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I would recommend Essential teaching skills / Chris Kyriacou. It is a great book which helps you in every thing you need to know. And it is written with simple language to understand. Trust me!

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While I find English Teacher X's sense of humous repugnant, he does, in his obscene way, touch on some rather useful elements of life in the classroom, not just grammar, but dealing with students and management and some activities you may find useful. The website is www.englishteacherx.com.

Personally, I find the Oxford KEYS TO ENGLISH TEACHING series is an invaluable place for a beginner, especially MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR TEXT BOOK.
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I am graduate and Iam looking for more help in English language as I am an African woman who is seeking to have good konwledge in English language written and spoken as well.

Hope you can help me find any subjects or researches in the internet so as to benifit from it.

I prepare myself to do my PHD in information but as the same time I need to do it in English language.I need real help .

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Yours faithfully

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I am interested in your book, because I am writing my Diploma Work on this subject. I would be very grateful if you could send me your book on my e-mail:(email removed, please add it to your profile)

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The teacher of English will need to keep in mind the following simple guidelines:

- Use non-verbal cues. Facial expressions, hand gestures, and other non-verbal cues are a great way to overcome the language barrier. For example, when explaining the concept of tall, raise your hand high into the air. When explaining the concept of cold, shiver and chatter your teeth.

- Use visual aids. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, and this is particularly true when teaching English. Visual aids can be used to teach everything from vocabulary to prepositions. In addition to instructional advantages, visuals keep lessons interesting for the learners. If possible, get access to an overhead or slide projector for effective presentations.

- Put students in groups. If the teacher is constantly talking, learners of English will never get a chance to practice. Group work gives students an opportunity to practice the language. Groups work the best with 2 to 5 people; with any more people, not everyone gets a chance to participate. It is also a good idea to group students with different first languages together when possible.

- Repeat and rephrase. Teachers of English need to repeat everything at least three times. They should also vary the wording of their remarks. A student may know one set of vocabulary but not another – even when the topic of discussion is the same. Even if the student does understand a concept upon first explanation, he/she will still benefit from the repetition and variation of language. It will expose him/her to new words and phrases.

- Don’t over-correct. Our first instinct as teachers of English is to correct student language errors. Over-correction, however, can make students reluctant to use the language. If afraid of being corrected every time they speak, students will simply stop speaking – and therefore learning – the language. Of course, there are appropriate times to correct language mistakes. If a concept – for example the past tense - has been discussed at length in class, it is appropriate to correct students when they form the past tense improperly.

- Create a safe atmosphere. Learning English as a second language is not an easy thing emotionally. Students will feel self-conscious about their lack of English ability and will thus be reluctant to use the language. The job of the teacher of English as a second language is to create a safe and supportive environment, one in which the student will be comfortable experimenting with the language. That means that laughing at or putting down others can not be tolerated in any way, shape, or form.

In any teaching situation, one will face the followings:


Subject matters

Classroom environment

Materials and equipments

Process of teaching and learning

These elements will be working together. They will be either helpful for teachers or otherwise. Skilful or at least luck teachers are those who make such variables work by their side. For teachers of English as a foreign language, EFL, there are minimum requirements. They have to be knowledgeable in the field of psychology and linguistics. While the first discipline will help them know aspects and characteristics of learners, the latter will define and explain language dimensions and its relationship to varieties of human behaviour.

Dr. Montasir Mohamed

A TEFL lecturer

October 6 University
marlowe19993. Finally, I would like to find a books or courses that cover the practical aspects of teaching English to non-native speakers. Things like pronunciation techniques, when to introduce certain topics or structures etc.
There are teacher refresher courses such as this one at a London language school -I qoute the introduction "This is a unique opportunity for teachers of English as a foreign/second language wishing to refresh their practical use of the language along with the teaching skills and knowledge of current methodologies and trends in the EFL world."...
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