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Evaluation of Book

***** Hammer's book entitled The Practice of English Language Teaching is an excellent course book that can be used in the teaching ***** ***** Engl*****h 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 and lesson plans in the most effective way. To accompl*****h this, ***** book clearly outlines its 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 ***** development teacher as that is who Hammer wrote the book *****. Any English language teacher ***** considerable experience will most likely not find ***** text useful and should instead look at Mr. Hammer's intermediate level *****, Just Right. More so, this text is not aimed only at the ***** English language teacher, but also those who are currently in ***** process of studying to become an ***** l*****guage *****. Thus, this book is highly recommended ***** be used in the course ***** studying ***** methods of teaching the English language and as a resource or guide for ***** first years ***** teaching.

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

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

Us*****g a ***** ***** is ***** skill. It involves *****ing at ***** material on the page ***** 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 whole ***** is not quite appropriate for your class. In such circumstances you may decide to either omit that material or, if you have *****thing better up your sleeve, replace it with your own activities."

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