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

This ***** is best used for the beginning ***** ***** development teacher as that is who Hammer wrote the book for. Any English language teacher ***** 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 not aimed only at the ***** English language teacher, but al***** those who are currently in ***** process of studying to become an ***** language teacher. Thus, this ***** is highly recommended ***** be used in the course ***** studying ***** methods of teaching the English ***** and as a resource or guide for the first years ***** teaching.

From ***** very beginning of the book, Hammer clearly outlines the principles behind his course of study. He states in a straight forward and sensible manner on the major *****pects ***** topics covered by ***** 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 ***** t***** section is because Hammer realizes ***** most teachers will ***** use the book cover ***** cover but instead ***** pick and choose various m*****erials and tasks. This opening statement lets the teacher know how this can be done ***** clearly outlining ***** organization ***** contents of the *****. For this reason, it is clear that Hammer ***** an advocate of a learner based ***** to teaching the English language and thus encourages ***** teacher to 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 ***** dictate the flow of ***** learning process, hammer advocates for letting the teacher react and go with ***** students and general direction ***** the classroom.

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

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

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