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Jeremy 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 ***** 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 its 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 and guidance.

This ***** is best used for the beginning English ***** development teacher as that is who Hammer wrote the book *****. Any English language ***** with considerable experience will most likely not find ***** text useful and should instead look at Mr. ***** intermediate level book, Just Right. More so, this text is ***** aimed only at the ***** English language teacher, but also those who are currently in ***** process ***** studying to become an ***** l*****guage teacher. *****, this ***** is highly recommended ***** be used in the course of studying the methods of teaching the English language and as a resource or guide for the 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 aspects and topics covered by ***** course's multi-layered syllabus. However, even if at first site the ***** seems daunting, in reality it follows a quite traditional approach as to sequencing. ***** point ***** t***** section is because Hammer realizes ***** most teachers will not use the book cover ***** cover but instead ***** pick and choose various materials and tasks. This opening statement lets the teacher know how this can be done by clearly outlining ***** organization ***** contents of the book. For this reason, it is clear that Hammer is an advocate of a learner based approach to teaching ***** Engl*****h language and thus encourages the teacher ***** use the book in a manner ***** best meets ***** learn*****g 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 of the classroom.

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

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

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