This is a book packed full of lesson ideas, exercises and tips for teaching English to teenage students. This book goes much further than simply telling you what to do and how to do it. It 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.
It provides reflection that will be of value when you are sitting at home thinking over why one of your classes is not going the way that you want or when you have seen a really good teaching idea at a conference but are wondering how to make it work in your own class.
Each chapter follows the same pattern:
- The first part begins with a Discussion of a certain facet of teaching teens. It identifies key issues and outlines situations the author has experienced in his own teaching, and 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 and outlines some classroom applications and techniques.
- Each chapter ends with three summary sections. The Questions for reflection box may serve to summarise the chapter. The Things to try box can be the basis for small scale projects, action research or professional development. Finally, the Things to share box contains prompts for exchanging ideas where the chapter is being used in a training setting.