The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide – Review

Posted by claudio on November 29, 2013 in Book Reviews |

The ESL/TEFL Book: ELL Teachers Survival GuideThe ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide is full of practical strategies that can be immediately implemented in the classroom. Experienced English teachers will benefit from this book as much as people who are just starting out. It is well organized. The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide includes much relevant information about teaching English as a second/foreign language.

Part 1 starts with the big picture and ESL best practices. It research about the English Language Learner population. I especially liked the brief tour of ESL teaching best practices. It also describes how to build rapport and a good relationship with your students. This section also shows how to establish routines in the classroom and lists useful resources for English teachers.

Part 2 covers key curriculum elements for beginning English language learners, including a description of a sample teaching week and a year-long schedule. It teaches the reader how to assign homework, use field trips constructively, and how to assess the progress of students.

Part 3 of The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide moves on to a curriculum for intermediate English language learners, including daily instructions and how to write compelling lesson plans for more advanced learners. There is a sample unit showing how a problem/solution exercise can lead to great results as well as an sample for a two-period intermediate class.

Part 4 goes beyond the four basics skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. If you teach additional subjects in English, you will appreciate this section. It provides information for teaching social studies, science, and math to learners of English as a second language.

Part 5 teaches further strategies to ensure success in the classroom. It shows how lessons can be kept interesting with games, how to handle challenges, error correction techniques, and how to assess your students.

Why I recommend The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide?

The strategies outlined in The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide clearly demonstrate the knowledge of author. Larry Ferlazzo has not only vast experience teaching in a classroom, but also as a writer. He has written six books about teaching and classroom management.


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