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    Can you recommend me some books?

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone could recommend me some books that might be helpful for teaching EFL. I've never taught before, only have a BA and MA, and I'm planning on arriving in Bangkok some point next year. I can't afford a course but would like to be as prepared as possible, so any pointers in terms of reading material would be great.

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    I think its going to depend on what age level and subject you are teaching.

    If you haven't taught before, even with that MA....well, I'd try to find a course, even a short cheapy is better than nothing.
    It seem like the "New Interchange" and "Passages" series (Jack Williams) is popular in Thailand.

    I teach young 'uns and focus quite a bit on Phonics....I find Up and Away to be the best series for this.

    One thing...If you're outside of Bangkok you'll want to bring the books with you as access is very difficult outside Bangkok.
    There are a lot of very experienced teachers on the forum so you should get some good information. It's a long weekend here so maybe tomorrow will bring you some better response. :smile:
    Good luck
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    hmmm, I remember Wangsuda posting some very informative sounding books, but that was a while ago. Try a search for "teaching books" or something like that.

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    Re: Can you recommend me some books?

    Quote Originally Posted by Newbie123
    Hi, I was wondering if anyone could recommend me some books that might be helpful for teaching EFL. I've never taught before, only have a BA and MA, and I'm planning on arriving in Bangkok some point next year.
    Books on the communicative approach, and basic EFL teaching techniques can be very helpful.

    Practical Techniques is helpful in the beginning for many:

    Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/312...lance&n=283155

    I can't afford a course but would like to be as prepared as possible, so any pointers in terms of reading material would be great.
    Collins Cobuild

    Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/000...lance&n=283155

    Keep Talking

    Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/052...lance&n=283155

    5 Minute Activities

    Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/052...lance&n=283155

    Reflective Teaching

    Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/052...lance&n=283155

    These have been helpful to me. There are many others, of course.

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    Here's some sound advice: learn about English grammar first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny danger
    Here's some sound advice: learn about English grammar first.
    I agree 100%.

    Once you learn the rules, you have to model/say when it's OK to use it, and when it's not.

    And when a student will ask a question about usage you'll need to come up with a good answer, model it, and use an example.

    My first year I got stumped once or twice (probably more). I specifically remember these. Ouch!!

    I gaurantee you one thing: it didn't happen again.


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    agree. a grammar for speaking book would be good.
    anyone know of one?
    to be or not to be.......didn't know will was a tefler

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    thanks for the suggestions - that's great. i'll check them out on amazon.

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    a good book about games and activities in the classroom would probably be one of the most valuable things you could buy/read vis a vie teaching in Thailand .

    wish i had one .
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    scrivener, learning teaching.

    harmer, the practice of english language teaching.


    these should help you out somewhat...

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    I agree "Harmer" is a solid book.

    Also, "At the Chalkface", the unofficial handbook for the CELTA course is a good one.

    Byrne's "Techniques in Classroom Management"

    and Ridell's "Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language".

    For Grammar, Raymond Murphy - older editions are actually better than recent ones.

    Having suggested all of the above, do a course. The difference in your ability to teach, manage a class and be happy with your working life will be greatly enhanced if you do.


    Good Luck

    Incidentally "Can you recommend me some good books" isn't a very good start to your English teaching life.

    "Can you recommend some good books for me", 'cause it is the books you want recommended, not you.

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    Dear 123: Recommend a book to me. Recommend me means I should recommend you to a book. Can't be done. Get a grip. If you talk like that to a long-time English teacher he'll file your CV you-know-where.

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    Luckily I'm writing on an internet message board, not a CV.

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