Success in English Teaching

Success in English Teaching

A complete introduction to teaching English at secondary school level and above.

Format: Paperback
See also: e-book | e-book

An introduction to teaching English in a range of situations for initial teacher training courses and non native-speaker teachers.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-442171-3
  • Pages: 240
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 245x165 mm

Whether you are a pre-service trainee, a practising teacher, or a teacher-trainer, Success in English Teaching is an invaluable source of insights and practical suggestions.

The authors draw on their own experience as teacher trainers to help teachers to prepare for a wide range of teaching situations, including ones where classes are large and resources limited.

Key features

  • Clear, easy to follow, and free of jargon - does not assume the reader is a native speaker of English
  • Covers all the major topics relevant for trainee teachers with the right level of detail
  • Strong focus on classroom teaching, applying theoretical principles to hands-on teaching practice
  • Can be used if you have little or no formal training as an English teacher
  • Especially useful if you are working in the students' own country (rather than an English-speaking country)
  • Can be used either as a complete course in English teaching or, if you already have some experience, as a reference book


Success in English Teaching contains ideas and teaching techniques and suggestions that are of interest to all teachers of English as a foreign language throughout the world.

It is especially suitable for teachers who haven't yet had any formal training, or who did their training some time ago. If you don't yet have much - or any - experience as a teacher, the book encourages you to draw on your personal experience as a language learner to help you to decide what techniques and approaches will and won't work in different situations.

The book is organized into twelve chapters.

Chapters 1 to 7 focus on actual classroom teaching. They set out theoretical principles and tie them in with practical teaching ideas. The specific topics covered in these chapters are:

- Presenting new language items - including through writing;
- Organizing language practice - including discussion of accuracy, fluency, and feedback and correction;
- Handling vocabulary - including related work on grammar, punctuation, and spelling;
- Developing spoken communications skills, both inside and outside the classroom;
- Developing written communication skills;
- Review and remedial work - including descriptions of the language learning process.

Chapters 8 to 12 consider other aspects of teaching English. Topics covered are:

- Planning and managing classes - including syllabus design and classroom management (getting attention and participation, and discipline issues)
- Working with a coursebook - what they can offer, how to use them, and when and why to supplement them;
- Teaching aids and materials - including boardwork, use of real and imaginary objects, recorded material and video clips;
- Testing and evaluation - including using different kinds of test and writing your own
- Development in teaching English - different methods of and approaches to teaching; how to develop as a teacher.

There are tasks and discussion questions throughout the book and each chapters ends with a summary and project work. The book also contains a glossary, a list of sources and suggestions for further reading, and an index.



1 A general approach to teaching English
Recognizing success in teaching English
Teachers and teaching
Co-ordination of English language departments
Establishing goals and objectives in teaching English
Variations in course goals
Communication first and last
English as the main classroom language
Routine communicative activities
A general model of English teaching
Creating conditions for learning
Learner participation

2 Presenting new language items
New items in an English language course
What you need to know about new items
Functional-grammatical items
Presenting new functional-grammatical items
Teaching analysis and planning
Presentation procedures
Coursebook material
The place of writing in presentation
Writing for clarification and consolidation
From presentation to practice

3 Organizing language practice
The difference between accuracy and fluency practice
Practice and communication
Oral accuracy practice
Language patterns and substitution
Accuracy practice and communication
Information gaps
Elicitation in accuracy practice
Topics and activities
Oral fluency practice
Types of fluency activity
Feedback and correction in oral practice
Feedback and correction in accuracy work
Feedback and correction in fluency work
Written practice

4 Handling vocabulary
Vocabulary in language teaching and learning
Dealing with new vocabulary
Meaning and use in communication
Pronunciation and spelling
Working on vocabulary
Remedial work

5 Developing spoken communication skills
Communication outside the classroom
Communication in the classroom
The four skills
Classroom listening
Recorded texts
Classroom speaking
Speaking activities

6 Developing written communication skills
Spoken and written language
Reading comprehension
Ways of reading
Reading activities
Reading outside the classroom
Writing activities
Integrating skills

7 Review and remedial work
The need for review and remedial work
The language learning process
Input, imitation, and cognitive hypotheses
Subconscious and conscious processes
Errors and learning
Pedagogical and natural syllabuses
Implications for review and remedial work
Review activities
Remedial work
Personalized remedial work

8 Planning and managing classes
Long-term planning
The course syllabus
Syllabus units
Short-term planning
Work plans
Lesson planning
Class management
Getting attention and participation
Giving and checking instructions
Managing pair and groupwork
Teacher and learner roles
Different teaching situations
Children's courses
Large groups

9 Working with a coursebook
Ways of using a coursebook
What coursebooks can offer
The syllabus
Language presentation material
Language practice material
Skills development material
A sequence of work
Recycling and review of language
Additional material
What a coursebook cannot provide
Preparing to use a new coursebook
Exploiting a coursebook
Using language presentation material
Using language practice material
Using skills development material
Using review and clarification material
Lesson planning around coursebook material
Choosing a coursebook

10 Teaching aids and materials
Different teaching contexts
Using the board
Writing and general organization
Board drawing
Designing and using prepared visual materials
Real and imaginary objects
Mime and gesture
Materials and activities
Selecting material

11 Testing and evaluation
Teaching, testing, and evaluation
Teaching and testing
Testing and evaluation
Basic aspects of testing
Types of test
Validity and reliability
Balancing validity and reliability
Writing and evaluating achievement tests
Comparing tests
Test exercises and tasks
Improving tests
Evaluating learning, teaching, and courses
Evaluating learning
Evaluating teaching
Evaluating courses

12 Development in teaching English
Teachers and ways of teaching
Approach and method
A survey of approaches and methods
The Grammar-translation Method
The Direct Method
Situational Language Teaching
The Audiolingual Method


  • '... a useful resource for practitioners at any level.'
    - Modern Language Journal
  • 'I would strongly recommend this book for any new teacher as well as for experienced teacher trainers.'
    - English Language Teaching News

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