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Jeremy Hammer's book entitled The Practice of English Language Teaching is an excellent course ***** that can be used in the teaching ***** the Engl*****h language. Unlike many books in the field, Hammer's book is written to be used by both the language learner and, more importantly, the language teacher. Thus, it serves as a guide of how ***** use its contents ***** lesson pl*****ns in the most effective way. To accompl*****h this, the book clearly outlines ***** objectives, is written in a cle*****r and easy to understand style, its chapters are well organized, and it provides the language teacher with adequate explanations and guidance.

This ***** is best used for the beginning English language development teacher as that is who Hammer wrote the book for. Any English language ***** ***** considerable experience will most likely not find ***** text useful and should instead look at Mr. Hammer's intermediate level book, Just Right. More so, this text is ***** aimed only at the ***** English ***** teacher, but al***** those who are currently in the process ***** studying ***** become an ***** language teacher. Thus, this ***** is highly recommended to be used in the course of studying ***** methods of teaching the English language and as a resource or guide for ***** first years of teaching.

From the very beginning of the book, Hammer clearly ***** the principles behind his course of study. He states in a straight forward and sensible manner on the major ********** ***** topics covered by the course's multi-layered syllabus. However, even if at first site the ***** seems daunt*****g, in re*****ity it follows a quite traditional approach as to sequencing. ***** point of t***** section is because Hammer realizes ***** most teachers will not use the book cover to cover but instead ***** pick and choose various m*****erials and tasks. This opening statement lets the teacher know how this can be done by clearly outlining the organization ***** contents of the *****. For ***** reason, it is clear that Hammer ***** an advocate of a le*****rner based ***** to teaching the English language and thus encourages the teacher ***** use the book in a ***** that best meets ***** learning needs of his or her students. In ot***** words, instead of arguing for the course book to dictate the flow of the learning process, hammer *****s for letting the teacher react and go with ***** students and general direction ***** the classroom.

According ***** Hammer, as he states in ***** book Just *****:

Using a ***** book is a skill. It involves looking at ***** material on t***** page and deciding if, when and how to use that material. It may be, ***** example, that a particular exercise, activity or even, in some situati*****s, a *****le section is not quite ********** for your class. ***** such circumstances you ***** decide to either omit ***** ***** or, if you have something better up ***** sleeve, replace it with your own activities."

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