Books

Here are the books (on language teaching and learning) that have helped me grow, that give me new ideas, that make me want to be a teacher … (the list is not final and will be updated!)

PS – Please, do add your favourites in the comments!

Dörnyei, Z. 2001. Motivational Strategies in the Language Classroom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Dörnyei, Z. and Murphey, J. 2003. Group Dynamics in the Language Classroom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Hess, Nathalie. 2001. Teaching Large Multilevel Classes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Palmer, J. P. 2007. The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s LifeJossey-Bas

Prodromou, L. and Clandfield, L. 2007. Dealing with Difficulties. Peaslake: Delta Publishing

Thornbury, Scott. 1999. How to Teach Grammar. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited

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6 thoughts on “Books

  1. Hi Sirja!

    I LOVE all three books you have mentioned – may I add another by Dörnyei:

    – Motivational Strategies in the Language Classroom, Dörnyei Z., Cambridge University Press.

    I also love a book by Erin Gruwell: “Teach With Your Heart”.

    Best wishes,
    Vicky

  2. the books you’ve mentioned are amazing!
    I would also add some more:
    teaching grammar creatilvely by S. Thornbury and G. Puchta
    the developing teacher by Duncan Foord
    and a favourite classics – Learning teaching by Jim Scrivener

  3. Hello Sirja
    I´m delighted with your blog
    I´m a english teacher in Cuba and it´s a bit difficult for us to have internet connection but now I have
    I met Ken Wilson last year here in Havana and it was a revelation 10 quotations to make you think then I get to your blog through Wilson´s
    If you known a website where the book you mention
    Hess, Nathalie. 2001. Teaching Large Multilevel Classes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, is free to download I´ll really apreciate that information because that is our every day problem here,
    I´ll keep in touch and thanks for your blog

    • Hello Juan,
      I’m glad you have had the chance to meet the amazing and inspiring Ken Wilson!
      And it’s nice you’ve found your way to my blog. I haven’t been blogging much these last months but I hope you’ll find something worth reading amongst my older posts 🙂
      As for the book you mentioned, well, it is indeed a very useful handbook for any teacher really. However, I have no idea which websites (if any) offer it for free.
      I hope you’ll be able to get it one way or the other!

      Best greetings from the Alps
      Sirja

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