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

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

From the very beginning of ***** *****, Hammer clearly ***** the principles behind his course of study. He states in a straight forward and sensible manner on the major aspects and topics covered by ***** course's multi-layered syllabus. However, even if at first site the syllabus seems daunt*****g, in reality it follows a quite traditional approach as to sequencing. ***** point ***** this section is because ***** realizes ***** ***** 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 ***** be done ***** clearly outlining ***** organization ***** contents of the book. For this reason, it is clear that Hammer ***** an advocate of a learner based approach to ***** the English language and thus encourages the teacher to ***** ***** book in a ***** that ***** meets the learning needs of his or her students. In ot***** words, instead of arguing for the course book ***** dictate the flow ***** the learning process, hammer advocates for letting the teacher react and go ***** the students and general direction of the classroom.

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

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

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