Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars
374 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
December 2019
Print ISBN: 9781773381367


Designed as an all-in-one guide, this practical, easy to use text is essential to all courses offering instruction to students who are training to become language teachers in Canada and abroad. Awarded the 2017 TESL Canada Innovation Award for Teacher Professional Development Resource, this wonderfully concise textbook covers key topics including course design, lesson planning, and classroom management. It also identifies how to teach speaking, listening, reading, and writing, with special attention to language acquisition and intercultural communication. This essential resource is ideal for courses in teaching English as a second or foreign language and for certificates in TESL, TEFL, TESFL, or TESOL.


  • "Meet the Teacher” case studies prompt students to consider and develop their teaching style
  • includes sample lesson plans, classroom activities, discussion questions, and robust appendices
  • instructor supplements include a companion website with links to web resources and practice activities

Table of Contents


Part I – Teaching Language: An Overview

Chapter 1: All about Teachers

Chapter 2: Learning about Learners

Chapter 3: Learning from Others: Approaches and Methods

Chapter 4: Planning Courses

Chapter 5: Planning Lessons and Activities

Chapter 6: Class Management

Chapter 7: Assessment

Part II – Teaching Language Skills and Subskills

Chapter 8: Teaching Speaking

Chapter 9: Teaching Listening Comprehension

Chapter 10: Teaching Reading

Chapter 11: Teaching Writing

Chapter 12: Understanding and Teaching Vocabulary

Chapter 13: Understanding Grammar

Chapter 14: Teaching Grammar

Chapter 15: Understanding Speech Sounds

Chapter 16: Teaching Sound Perception and Pronunciation

Chapter 17: Linguistic Factors in Language Acquisition

Chapter 18: Intercultural Communication

Chapter 19: Frequently Asked Questions

Appendix 1A: Common Acronyms

Appendix 2A: Student Details

Appendix 2B: Common Frameworks for Describing Language Proficiency

Appendix 2C: Appropriate Instruction for Particular Language Levels

Appendix 2D: Sample Needs Assessment

Appendix 3A: Sample GTM Grammar Worksheets

Appendix 3B: Sample GTM Reading Activity

Appendix 3C: Sample Audio Lingual Drills

Appendix 3D: Sample Communicative Lesson

Appendix 3E: Sample Content-Based Lesson

Appendix 3F: Sample Lexical Approach Activities

Appendix 7A: Commonly Used (International) Proficiency Tests

Appendix 8A: Common Discourse Markers

Appendix 8B: Sample Simulation and Role-Play Scenarios

Appendix 9A: Sample Listening Activities

Appendix 10A: Sample Reading Lesson

Appendix 11A: Sample Writing Lesson

Appendix 12A: Sample Vocabulary Lesson

Appendix 13A: Verb Tenses in English

Appendix 14A: Sample Grammar Lesson (Tense)

Appendix 14B: Sample Grammar Lesson (Conditionals)

Appendix 15A: IPA Vowel Chart for North American English

Appendix 16A: Sound Families for Common North American Vowel Sounds

Appendix 16B: Sound Families for Tricky Consonant Sounds

Glossary of Key Terms



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