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Understanding Teenagers in the ELT Classroom

Price: £28.95
Understanding Teenagers in the ELT Classroom is a textbook full of lesson ideas, exercises and tips for teaching English as a foreign language to teenage students. 
Author(s): Chris Roland

Understanding Teenagers in the ELT Classroom is not so interested in telling you how to do the job of teaching English to teenagers, but instead focuses on exploring the underlying principles and factors which might make or break an activity or 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 will identify key issues and outline situations the author has experienced in his own teaching, and also draw upon writers and trainers who have played a role in his own development. 
  • In the second part of each chapter, practical applications, the discussion will take a more practical turn and will outline some classroom applications and techniques. 
  • Each chapter will then end with three summary sections. The questions for reflection box may serve as summary to the chapter or as prompts for exchanging ideas where the chapter is being used in a training setting.


Understanding Teenagers in the ELT Classroom is suitable for all teachers of English language who work with teenage students.

ISBN: 9781912755004
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd
Publication: 31 July 2018

Content (subject to change): 

Key tenets for teaching teenagers
A closer look at classes, teachers and students
Planning lessons with teenagers
Classroom micromechanics
Task design and instructions
Group dynamics and order
Affect: Speaking to our students with love
Logistical questions: homework, L1 and seating
Tidy learning, messy learning and notebooks
Autonomy and student-fronted classes
Teenagers and technology
Repetition, assimilation and memorisation
Remembering irregular verbs
Movement and space
Getting them talking
Listening and reading
Grammar and writing
Using video clips in the classroom
Testing, exams and report writing
Techniques for teaching low-level teens
Awareness and reasoning with our teenagers
Control of the class
Classroom management strategies