Understanding Teenagers in the ELT Classroom is a practical handbook full of lesson ideas, exercises and tips for teaching English to teenage students.
This practical book (shortlisted for the ELTons) goes much further than simply telling you what to do and how to do it. It also looks at the why. It explains the deeper rationale for decisions we might make, as well as exploring the underlying principles and factors that can make or break a lesson.
Have you sat at home thinking over why one of your classes is not going the way that you want? Or perhaps you’ve seen a really good teaching idea at a conference and are wondering how to make it work in your own class? Understanding Teenagers in the ELT Classroom provides reflections and ideas to help you.
Each chapter follows the same pattern:
- Each begins with a Discussion of a certain facet of teaching teens. Chris Roland identifies key issues and outlines situations he has experienced in his own teaching. He also draws upon writers and trainers who have played a role in his own development.
- In the second part of each chapter, Practical applications, the discussion takes a more hands-on turn. Here, Chris Roland outlines some classroom applications and techniques which you can use in the classroom.
- Each chapter ends with three summary sections. The Questions for reflection box helps summarise the chapter. The Things to try box suggests ideas for small scale projects, action research or professional development for you to try. Finally, the Things to share box contains prompts to help you exchange ideas.
Understanding Teenagers in the ELT Classroom is part of Pavilion ELT’s Teaching English series. Chris Roland is also the author of two other books for young learners: Structuring Fun for Young Learners in the ELT Classroom and Structuring Fun for Young Language Learners Online.
“The book is packed with personal anecdotes and illuminating transcripts of real teacher-student exchanges. Often inspirational, it is written from the heart. Essential for those who teach teenagers. Highly recommended.” – Pete Sharma, EL Gazette (469), March 2020. You can read the full review here.
“The book not only offers activities, which is always a welcome feature, but it also offers the rationale and underlying principles of the activities. Those who pick up the book and read through it to be inspired are the teachers who care. I believe the book should be a must for every teacher who teaches teenagers.” – Hania Kryszewska, Humanising Language Teaching, December 2021. You can read the full review here.