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Teaching English

Teaching English

April 2009 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Reflective practice is at the heart of effective teaching, and this book helps you develop into a reflective teacher of English. Everything you need is here: guidance on developing your analysis and self-evaluation skills, advice on assessing pupils' progress effectively, and examples of how experienced teachers deliver successful lessons.

The book shows you how to plan lessons, how to manage behavior and use ICT in English and how to make good use of resources. Each chapter contains points for reflection, which encourage you to break off from your reading and think about the challenging questions that you face as a new teacher.

The book comes with access to a companion website, where you will find:

  • Videos of real lessons so you can see the skills discussed in the text in action
  • Links to a range of sites that provide useful additional support
  • Extra planning and resource materials

If you are training to teach English this book will help you to improve your classroom performance, by providing you with practical advice, but also by helping you to think in depth about the key issues. It also provides examples of the research evidence that is needed in academic work at the graduate level, essential for anyone undertaking an M-level PGCE.

Phil Rigby
English Teachers and English Teaching
Carol Evans
Planning for Learning
Peter Woolnough
More Than One Way to Teach a Lesson
Lynne Warham
Managing Learning, Managing Learners
Alyson Midgley
Monitoring Performance and Securing Progress
Phil Rigby
Teaching Different Pupils, Teaching Different Abilities
Peter Woolnough
Catering for an Assessment-Driven Curriculum
Carol Evans
PSHE: Developing the Whole Child Through English
Lynne Warham
Using ICT in English
Carol Evans and Peter Woolnough
Beyond ITT: What Next?

'My entry into the teaching profession would have been a whole lot easier if I'd had access to this text. This book is both informative and deeply sane. Intelligent, practical and eminently sensible, and it will help to guide many a beginning teacher through their first few years in the profession -
English Drama Media

Gives a good overview of teaching English.

Mrs Ruth Marie Steyert
Functional Skills, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
March 27, 2016

The evidence base used through out the book is fantastic and gives me real confidence in everything that is said. As a result I feel that I have enhanced my teaching skills in the classroom, would recommend to anyone with an interest in teaching English or for those that already do.

Stuart Costello, Functional Skills Tutor, CERT Ltd.

Mr Stuart Costello
Training and Development , CERT Ltd
February 16, 2015

This book is little more heavy reading than others i have read. Saying that the content is very good and useful.

Mr Oliver Johnstone
Public Services Department, Calderdale College
January 15, 2015

good clear explanations. well written

Miss Deborah Young
Work Ready People, hit
July 24, 2014

This book is presented as a collection of 10 discrete chapters. Although most of the chapters are very interesting and there are some excellent ideas, the book is not ideal as core course book. Some areas of English teaching are not covered and it is not really structured as one would expect for a course book. Nevertheless, I'd definitely recommend it as a supplemertary book.

Mr Yvert De Souza
Teacher Development Department, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
February 20, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

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