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Reviews - February 2016

A Practical Introduction to Teacher Training in ELT

John Hughes, Pavilion;

978-1-9103-6699-8

This highly practical 168-page book introduces language teachers to the world of teacher training. The six chapters cover training techniques, monitoring teaching practice, lesson observation and managing training programmes. One innovative aspect of the book is the focus on online training, such as delivering webinars. I like the ‘graph observation form’ which provides a visual snapshot of a lesson. ‘Terminology pelmanism’ is a useful game-like activity; cards are supplied. The prose is clear; the tone is friendly and personable. This handbook fulfils the aim outlined in the title and is most suitable for those new to this area. Worth investigation.

 

Navigate, Elementary A2

Paul Dummett, Jake Hughes and Katie Wood, OUP;

978-0-1945-6637-7

The A2 level of this new flagship coursebook consists of twelve units. The vocabulary syllabus is based on the Oxford 3000, a list of frequent and relevant words. Like the other books in this general English series, the approach to teaching the four language skills is based partly on recent academic research. The texts are suitably short and often intrinsically interesting; ‘Geo-caching’ – using an app to locate hidden treasure – is a fascinating topic. The digital support material includes online exercises, an ebook version and a ground-breaking app which recycles vocabulary. The book has a fresh, modern design. Recommended.