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Inspired English Teaching.

Inspired English Teaching

Keith West

Continuum 2010

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Paperback 16.99 [pounds sterling]


Keith West's Inspired English Teaching is indeed inspiring; a must for all new and training teachers, but a great reminder of 'what you used to know but have been too busy to remember' for those of us who have been doing it for years. Actually, it's even worth looking at if English isn't your specialism.

Inspired English Teaching deals with things you don't always get as part of your teacher training, I certainly didn't. Like, 'Use Your Body'--the importance of body language, facial expression facial expression,
n the use of the facial muscles to communicate or to convey mood.
 and clothing. And, 'Take Charge of your Classroom'--about using the classroom space, seating plans, styles and procedures. There is also useful information about assessment, report writing etc.

The 'Health Check' in the conclusion is a particularly useful reminder of why we do this job: that student learning is central. There are also 20 ready-to-use lesson plans that 'will excite, intrigue Intrigue
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 and entertain', and indeed, I think they will. Inspired English Teaching has a companion website that includes handouts, PowerPoints and activities to go with the lesson plans in the book. Bonus!

There are lots of ideas for fun, interesting activities that students will enjoy which made me determined to look again at some of the ways I teach particular things. Often, lacking the time, it is easy to churn out churn ¬†
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 the old stuff; how odd when lesson planning is the creative part of teaching and, I don't know about you, but for me it's one of the really enjoyable things about it--it's one of the 'fun' parts of teaching. Surely we want the kids we teach to look back on our lessons as 'fun'? Well, if this book does nothing else, this has got make it worth reading.

So, superb book. Buy it. Read it. Act on it. And, watch out for Inspired Drama Teaching out in October this year.

Gill Clayton

English teacher, Great Torrington Community School
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Date:Jun 22, 2011
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