Teaching English as a Foreign Language For Dummies


Learn to:

  • Put an EFL course programme together from scratch
  • Let your students loose in skills classes – from reading to listening
  • Deliver grammar lessons in a logical and intuitive way
  • Cope with different age groups and capabilities

Your one-stop guide to a career that will take you places

Teaching English as a Foreign Language – If you thought that teaching a language that’s second nature to you would be easy, think again! Explaining grammar, or teaching correct pronunciation while simultaneously developing your own skills as a teacher can be a huge challenge. Whether you’re on a training course or have already started teaching, this book will help launch your career and give you the confidence and expertise you need to be a brilliant teacher.

  • Make an educated decision – decide between the various courses, qualifications and job locations available to you
  • Start from scratch – plan well-structured lessons and develop successful and effective teaching techniques
  • Focus on skills – from reading and writing, to listening and speaking, get your students sounding and feeling fluent
  • Get your head around grammar – teach students to put sentences together, recognise tenses and use adjectives and adverbs
  • All shapes and sizes – tailor your lessons to younger learners, one-to-ones, exam classes and Business English learners

Open the book and find:

  • TEFL, TESOL, EFL – what all the acronyms mean
  • The best course books and materials to supplement your teaching
  • Advice on running your class and handling difficulties
  • Lesson plans that you can use in the classroom
  • Activities and exercises to keep your students on their toes
  • Constructive ways to correct and assess your students’ performance
  • Ways to inject some fun into your classes
  • Insider information on the best jobs around the world

‘An invaluable manual for anyone thinking of embarking on a TEFL journey. Michelle Maxom’s step-by-step guide provides practical tips to get you started and offers key advice to help unleash the creative English language teacher within.’
– Claire Woollam, Director of Studies & a Teacher Trainer at Language Link London

Book Review by Roger Hardy

I’m planning to teach English as a foreign language and this was my first choice as a primer. It’s complete and contains a vast amount of information, all of which is relevant. It is well-organised and clearly written by a master of her craft. What surprised me was that there was so much on the business of teaching students of all ranges of ability. There is a lot of treatment of the teaching of grammar as well, and these parts are quite intense.

Actually, I learned a lot about my own languages; for example, I didn’t realise that there are twelve tenses (plus four conditional moods) in English! My only criticism was that, when referring to tenses, the writer spoke of the ‘past perfect simple’ tense, which confused me because it is clear that the simple and perfect are separate tenses. In addition, the process of converting it to Kindle format has lost some of the footnote and sideline layout but that’s not really important. Those points aside, it contains links to good and useful resources and I found this book easy to read and will keep it as a basic reference.

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About the Author

Michelle Maxom has been teaching English throughout the UK and Italy since 1997 and has the Trinity Certificate and Licentiate Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Formerly Director of Studies at Avalon School of English, she now trains would-be TEFL teachers and runs one-to-one and executive English courses.

Originally published: 2009

AuthorMichelle Maxom