Teaching English as a Foreign Language For Dummies
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Learn to:

  • Put an EFL course programme together from scratch
  • Let your students loose in skills classes – from reading to listening
  • Deliver grammar lessons in a logical and intuitive way
  • Cope with different age groups and capabilities

Your one-stop guide to a career that will take you places

If you thought that teaching a language that's second nature to you would be easy, think again! Explaining grammar, or teaching correct pronunciation while simultaneously developing your own skills as a teacher can be a huge challenge. Whether you're on a training course or have already started teaching, this book will help launch your career and give you the confidence and expertise you need to be a brilliant teacher.

  • Make an educated decision– decide between the various courses, qualifications and job locations available to you
  • Start from scratch– plan well-structured lessons and develop successful and effective teaching techniques
  • Focus on skills– from reading and writing, to listening and speaking, get your students sounding and feeling fluent
  • Get your head around grammar– teach students to put sentences together, recognise tenses and use adjectives and adverbs
  • All shapes and sizes– tailor your lessons to younger learners, one-to-ones, exam classes and Business English learners

Open the book and find:

  • TEFL, TESOL, EFL – what all the acronyms mean
  • The best course books and materials to supplement your teaching
  • Advice on running your class and handling difficulties
  • Lesson plans that you can use in the classroom
  • Activities and exercises to keep your students on their toes
  • Constructive ways to correct and assess your students' performance
  • Ways to inject some fun into your classes
  • Insider information on the best jobs around the world

'An invaluable manual for anyone thinking of embarking on a TEFL journey. Michelle Maxom's step-by-step guide provides practical tips to get you started and offers key advice to help unleash the creative English language teacher within.'
– Claire Woollam, Director of Studies & a Teacher Trainer at Language Link London


Michelle Maxom has been teaching English throughout the UK and Italy since 1997 and has the Trinity Certificate and Licentiate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Formerly Director of Studies at Avalon School of English, she now trains would-be TEFL teachers and runs one-to-one and executive English courses.


Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started in TEFL 7

Chapter 1: Discovering the Wonderful World of TEFL 9

Chapter 2: Looking at What TEFL Teachers Actually Do 19

Chapter 3: Examining Courses, Qualifications and Jobs 31

Part II: Putting Your Lesson Together 47

Chapter 4: Starting from the Beginning: Planning the Lesson 49

Chapter 5: Standing in the Spotlight: Presenting to the Class 67

Chapter 6: Holding the Reins and Letting Them Loose – Giving Students Practice 85

Chapter 7: Giving Correction and Feedback 101

Chapter 8: Being Materialistic! Using Course Books and Other Materials 115

Chapter 9: Who’s The Boss around Here? Managing Your Classroom 125

Part III: Teaching Skills Classes 137

Chapter 10: Taken as Read: Teaching Reading Lessons 139

Chapter 11: Write or Wrong? Teaching Writing Lessons 157

Chapter 12: What Accent? Teaching Pronunciation 171

Chapter 13: Setting Their Tongues Wagging: Speaking and Discussion 183

Chapter 14: In One Ear, Out the Other: Learning To Listen 195

Part IV: The Grammar You Need to Know – and How to Teach It 209

Chapter 15: Stop Press! Student to Deliver Sentence 211

Chapter 16: Feeling Tense? Sorting Out Verb Tenses 227

Chapter 17: Exploring More Important Verb Structures 247

Part V: What Kind of Class Will I Have? 263

Chapter 18: Putting Students to the Test 265

Chapter 19: Getting Specific: Teaching Just One Student and Business English 275

Chapter 20: Getting Youth on Your Side: Coping with Younger Learners 283

Chapter 21: Making the Grade: Handling Exam Classes 299

Chapter 22: Distinguishing Monolingual and Multi-lingual Classes 317

Part VI: The Part of Tens 333

Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Liven Up an English Lesson 335

Chapter 24: Ten Great Resources for TEFL Teachers 341

Appendix A: Lesson Plan Templates 349

Appendix B: TEFL Locations around the World 355

Index 363