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Better Language Teaching

  • Seven Keys
  • Six Chapters
  • One hundred pages of Activities

Success comes down to what you do in the classroom. It doesn't matter if you're working as a volunteer one or two nights per week. It doesn't matter if you're teaching only for a year or two abroad. It doesn't matter if you've made teaching your lifelong career. These are just labels to fit you into some false hierarchy of educators.

Yes, you're all teachers. And the daily responsibilities, the need to give better lessons, and the desire to move students towards their dreams remain ever-present. Perhaps that's why so many teachers give up after several years. With a constant need for successful results, even the best teachers begin to doubt their abilities, their commitment, their value.

But I'm convinced that anyone can excel as a teacher, that success can be had more easily.

Better Language Teaching is the result of all my years as an English teacher, teacher trainer, and curriculum developer - literally tens of thousands of hours teaching students, teaching teachers, writing courses, guiding, reading, studying, and testing ideas. I've distilled the dynamics of the classroom into essential chapters that do more than offer generalities. Each chapter, each section, each page provides specific information for better, more enjoyable lessons. There are 200 pages of information and ideas.

Here's what you'll find inside...

  • Effective methods for sound lesson structure.
  • The importance of Warm Ups for students.
  • The importance of adequate reinforcement early in the lesson for better language production later.
  • How mistakes can indicate risk and experimentation by the students... good things!
  • How a student-centered class develops problem-solving skills for successful speaking.
  • The learning styles of students, and how that affects their approach to language acquisition.
  • How to effectively present and practice the lesson material.
  • How to set up groups and pairs, and move between the two, for reuse of the language.
  • The important balance between Teacher Talk Time and Student Talk Time.
  • What constitutes effective and ineffective speaking opportunities.
  • Methods and techniques for effective correction.
  • And much, much more!

Better Language Teaching also has 100 activities. These activities here have all been tested, tweaked, and tested again and again, then tweaked some more. An immense amount of choices are available for you to meet your teaching needs. What's more, the activities maintain interest, provide challenge, and allow students to maximize their speaking opportunities in your classes.

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Here's an outline of what you'll discover inside...

chapter one: lesson structure

The first chapter covers the structure of a lesson. A sound plan for class is one of the most fundamental components for success. Without a plan, you meander from one point to another without allowing much-needed opportunities for reinforcement.

This chapter will help you get started on your journey right away. It's important to note: Making mistakes with this component is a guaranteed way to limit the effectiveness of your classes!

In this chapter, I reveal...

  • How to construct effective goals and objectives, as well as the necessary steps to reach these points.
  • How to tier activities, from ones that focus on accuracy with the new language to ones that allow fluency practice.
  • How to use time as a means to structure the goals, steps, and activities.

With the critical methods introduced here, every class will move more smoothly, make better use of time, and allow maximum opportunity to effectively practice the language.

chapter two: lesson content

In this chapter, you'll discover how activities play such an important role in the success of a lesson. The same activity may appear in different portions of the lesson, yet have very different purposes. It's therefore vital to avoid poorly selected, unfocused activities that don't fit the relevant portion of the lesson.

In this chapter, you'll learn...

  • The purpose of a Warm Up, and how it's critical to the lesson.
  • How to introduce the target language, introduce effective activities for reinforcement, and move towards absorption of the material.
  • How to give students the chance to experiment and take risks with the language. The key words here: controlled chaos!
  • What to do in the final minutes of the lesson to check comprehension, provide feedback, and personalize the lessons.
chapter three: talk time

You'll learn how to create student-centered lessons by limiting your talk time. But it's not as simple as just talking less, because there's the effectiveness of your speaking to consider too. The best part is, with more talking by the students, the richer and more enjoyable the lessons become for everyone!

You'll learn...

  • How to balance yours and the class's speaking time.
  • How to get the most out of the speaking you and your students do.
  • Secrets to developing a student-centered lesson.
  • What to consider if you use the native-tongue of the students.
chapter four: correction

In this chapter you'll learn what it means to provide correction. You'll see that all correction isn't equally created, as some areas of the lesson require more of your attention and input. Other areas of the lesson require you only to observe... and save your input for later.

These techniques, when coupled with talk time, give control of the learning to the students. The teacher becomes a guide who empowers the class to experiment, take risks, seek learning opportunities, and have fun. This is exactly what I've done to help thousands of students reach both long- and short-term goals.

Inside you'll discover...

  • What sort of mistakes need correction.
  • When to provide correction in the various stages of the lesson.
  • How to provide correction.
  • How to offer criticism and praise, and why it's essential for the success of a lesson.
chapter five: pairs and groups

Pairs and groups stand as one important reason for the success of my classes. In short, student-centered lessons are better than teacher-centered lessons, and pairwork/groupwork allows that success to happen.

Pairs and groups require much more than just sticking some students together for an activity. What's more, because pairs/groups tie so closely with talk time and correction, there's the potential to enhance both of these earlier requirements for success.

I'm going to reveal...

  • How to effectively set up pairs and groups.
  • How stronger students can aid weaker students.
  • How problems here can derail your lessons.
chapter six: levels and learning styles

In this chapter you'll see that everyone learns differently, and how important it is for you to tap into those differences. It comes down to more than just ability levels. Some students are visual learners, others global learners, and even some analytical learners.

Levels also play an important factor, as you must cover more than grammar and vocabulary. Cultural components and skills play vital roles in language, and you must reveal these to the students through the course of their studies.

This is my favorite chapter where you'll learn...

  • Skills and needs of students according to their level.
  • What language components and what cultural components should be covered through the levels of learning.
  • How to address and give consideration to different learning styles.

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I'll be honest. That's only 50% of the equation. All the knowledge in the world about balancing accuracy and fluency, promoting high amounts of talk time, and how to best arrange groups and pairs won't result in successful lessons. You need more, more than just a lot of know-how, more than a mastery of methods and techniques. So where does the more come from? The remaining 50% comes from activities.

book two: activities
  1. Accuracy, Accuracy, Accuracy
  2. Add an Emotion
  3. Amnesia
  4. Answer, Add, and Ask
  5. Ask and Ask Again - one variation
  6. Back to Back Discussions - two variations
  7. Back to Back Negotiations - two variations
  8. Build a Sentence
  9. Charades - two variations
  10. Choral Drills for Grammar - one variation
  11. Choral Drills for Vocabulary
  12. Collocates
  13. Comprehension Questions - two variations
  14. Comprehension Questions Simplified - two variations
  15. Connectors
  16. Continue the Dialogue
  17. Definition Word Search - two variations
  18. Dialogue Speculation
  19. Dialogues - one variation
  20. Dictation
  21. Dictation Race - one variation
  22. Directing the Conversation
  23. Discussions - two variations
  24. Explanations
  25. Fantastic Tales
  26. Find Someone Who - one variations
  27. Find the Mistake
  28. Finish the Sentence
  29. First Sentences
  30. Four Boxes
  31. Free Writing - one variation
  32. Grammar Brainstorm - four variations
  33. Have You Ever...? - one variation
  34. How Do You...?
  35. How Well Can You...? - two variations
  36. Instructor Interrogation - two variations
  37. Interactive Gap Fill
  38. Interview Bingo - one variation
  39. Intros - two variations
  40. It All Starts with a Picture - one variation
  41. Last Words - two variations
  42. Listening for Gist
  43. Listening for Specifics - one variation
  44. Magic Wand - one variation
  45. Make It Unanimous! - two variations
  46. Match the Phrase - three variations
  47. Memory (Version One)
  48. Memory (Version Two)
  49. Milestones
  50. Mind Maps - one variation
  51. None of Your Business!
  52. Odd Word Out - one variation
  53. One Truth, One Lie - one variation
  54. Order, Order
  55. Pass the Question - one variation
  56. Pickle in the Middle - one variation
  57. Prompted Dialogues
  58. Quiz Time! - two variations
  59. Reading for Gist
  60. Reading for Specifics - one variation
  61. Role Plays
  62. Round-Robin Storytelling - one variation
  63. Same and Different
  64. Scheduling
  65. Sentence Scramble - two variations
  66. Sit Down! - one variation
  67. Six Sentences
  68. Songs
  69. Slap - two variations
  70. Steal the Conversation
  71. Storytelling
  72. Stranded! - one variation
  73. Substitution Drills
  74. Substitution Drills (with flashcards)
  75. Summarization - one variation
  76. Synonym Brainstorm
  77. Synonym Match - one variation
  78. Synonym Word Search - two variations
  79. Taboo - one variation
  80. Talk and Trade
  81. Talk and Walk
  82. Teacher Speculation - two variations
  83. That's Not Important - two variations
  84. That's the Best!
  85. Translate and Translate Again - two variations
  86. Twenty Questions
  87. Two-Minute Conversations - one variation
  88. Two-Minute Debates - one variation
  89. Video, No Sound
  90. Video Speculation
  91. Vocabulary Brainstorm - two variations
  92. Vocabulary Feud - one variation
  93. What Happens Next?
  94. What's Missing?
  95. What's the Order? - one variation
  96. What's the Question?
  97. What's the Reason?
  98. Word Association
  99. Write on Your Partner's Back - two variations
  100. Your Pace

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bonus one

Purchase Better Language Teaching and get the following for FREE!

● Chatter Cards: 100 question cards ideal for conversation in lower-level classes.

● Question Cards: 100 question cards for upper-level students. Challenging and interesting questions to get your students speaking.

● Conversations in the Classroom: A free resource guide written specifically for the Chatter and Question Cards. There's information on accuracy, fluency, productive level, and receptive level, as well as activities edited and tested for use with the cards.

And just like Better Language Teaching, the ideas and material here are flexible and easy to use, perfect for the needs of any class!

bonus two

With your purchase of Better Language Teaching, you'll also join the Elite Teaching Newsletter!

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Have great classes!

Chris Cotter

One last post script. Purchase Better Language Teaching for only $19.95. You get instant access to proven methods and techniques to improve your language classes. You get instant access to activities to foster better participation and retention of key language. Plus, if not satisfied with the contents, you'll get a no-quibble refund within 30 days.

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