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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 of the Engl*****h language. Unlike many ********** in the field, Hammer's book is written to be ***** by both ***** language learner and, more importantly, the ***** teacher. Thus, it serves as a guide ***** how to use its contents ***** lesson pl*****ns in the most effective way. To accomplish this, ***** book clearly outlines ***** objectives, is written in a clear and easy ***** underst***** style, its chapters are well organized, and it provides the language teacher with adequate explanations and guidance.

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

From the very beginning of the *****, Hammer clearly ***** the principles behind his course of study. He states in a straight forward and sensible manner on the major *****pects ***** topics covered by the 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. The point of t***** section is because ***** realizes th***** ***** teachers will not use the book cover ***** cover but instead will pick and choose various materials ***** tasks. This opening statement lets the teacher know how this ***** be done by clearly outlining the organization and contents of the *****. For this reason, it is clear that Hammer ***** an advocate of a le*****rner based approach to teaching the English ***** and thus encourages ***** teacher ***** ***** the book in a manner ***** best meets the learn*****g needs of his or her students. In o*****r words, instead of arguing for the course book to dictate the flow ***** the learning process, hammer *****s ***** letting the teacher react and go with the students and general direction of ***** classroom.

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

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

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