Understanding Teenagers in the ELT Classroom is packed full of lesson ideas, exercises and tips for teaching English to teenage students.
This 2018 ELTons-shortlisted 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.
Understanding Teenagers in the ELT Classroom 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’ve seen a really good teaching idea at a conference and 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. This identifies key issues and outlines situations the author has experienced in his own teaching. It 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.
- 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.
Understanding Teenagers in the ELT Classroom is part of Pavilion ELT’s Teaching English series.
Chris Roland is also the author of Structuring Fun for Young Learners in the ELT Classroom.
“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