The Language Teacher Toolkit

The Language Teacher Toolkit

by Steven Smith, Gianfranco Conti


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The Language Teacher Toolkit by Steven Smith, Gianfranco Conti

"Strongly recommend the book: a must-have"
"Chapeau! Already on our trainee reading list."
"Absolutely loving this! Inspirational, practical, so sensible and backed up by research. Well done, gentlemen, and thank you."

The Language Teacher Toolkit is designed with both practising and trainee (pre-service) teachers in mind and uniquely bridges the gap between research and classroom practice. It is a comprehensive and clearly written handbook, particularly useful for teachers of modern foreign languages (world languages) who work in high schools (secondary education).
Written by two highly-experienced teachers with an interest in research and theory, it offers a reflective approach along with many practical classroom activities which can immediately be applied in daily teaching. The book closes with sample lessons for French, German and Spanish. Chapters include:

- methods
- classroom oral techniques
- teaching in the target language
- developing spontaneous talk
- teaching grammar and vocabulary
- listening, reading and writing
- subject knowledge
- using song, drama and games
- assessment
- using pictures
- teaching advanced level students
- technology
- behaviour and motivation
- evaluating and writing resources
- translation
- lesson planning
- example lesson plans

The busy languages teacher can quickly find ideas for enhancing practice, while insightful consideration of research helps create a basis for personal development in the field.

The authors are two internationally well-known bloggers in the field of language teaching and applied linguistics:

Steve Smith is a former Head of Languages, taught languages for over 30 years, holds an MA in applied linguistics, writes the very popular resources site and the widely-read blog

Dr Gianfranco Conti has taught languages for over twenty years, holds a PhD in applied linguistics, is as award-winning blogger and resource writer for TES and runs the popular interactive website

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781523214822
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/10/2016
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 636,037
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Steve Smith taught French for over 30 years and now writes resources for, blogs, and writes and presents for the AQA examination board in England. Gianfranco Conti PhD has taught for over 20 years, is a renowned professional development provider, writes 'The Language Gym', a regular blog for language teachers, was awarded the TES best contributor award in 2015 and has produced over 1800 resources for the TES Resources site.

Table of Contents

Dedication and acknowledgements iii

About the authors v

Introduction 1

1 Language teaching methods 5

2 Classroom oral work 13

3 Teaching in the target language 35

4 Teaching and learning vocabulary 45

5 Teaching grammar 57

6 Developing spontaneous talk 79

7 Teaching listening 89

8 Teaching reading 101

9 Teaching writing 115

10 Working with written texts 131

11 Teaching with pictures 141

12 Matching teaching to different students 153

13 Recycling the language 175

14 Translation 185

15 Assessment, feedback and marking 195

16 Teaching advanced level students 209

17 Teaching culture 223

18 Behaviour management 235

19 Motivation 249

20 Subject knowledge and teacher cognition 263

21 Songs and drama 271

22 Using technology 281

23 Games that work 293

24 Evaluating and writing resources 301

25 Sample lesson plans 313

Final reflections 339

Bibliography and further reading 341

Index 347

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