Books

Becoming an Outstanding Languages Teacher

Steve Smith

Becoming an Outstanding Languages Teacher explores the skills that it takes to deliver effective language teaching. It's a perfect introductory book for new teachers, with useful reminders for more experienced professionals. Offering support to all language teachers, this clearly written book, free of jargon, offers a wide range of approaches to teaching and learning that will help to keep students engaged when studying languages.

"...so many good ideas that I have almost run out of page markers!"

Available from Routledge and Amazon

Breaking the Sound Barrier: Teaching Language Learners How to Listen

Gianfranco Conti & Steve Smith

This new book, published in August 2019, is a research-informed guide about how to help students become more confident and effective listeners. The 12 chapters consider various aspects of the listening process: processing sound, lexical retrieval, grammatical parsing and meaning construction. Chapters cover phonology, vocabulary, grammar, interpersonal listening, task-based listening, assessment, listening-as-modelling, songs, strategies and curriculum planning. The book provides over 200 ready-to-go classroom activities with a focus on listening and would suit all teachers, whatever their experience.

“The most stimulating CPD read I’ve had in a long time.”

Available from Amazon.

The Language Teacher Toolkit

Steve Smith & Gianfranco Conti

The Language Teacher Toolkit is designed with both practising and trainee (pre-service) teachers in mind and uniquely bridges the gap between research and classroom practice.

It is a comprehensive and clearly written handbook, particularly useful for teachers of modern foreign languages (world languages) who work in high schools (secondary education).

Written by two highly-experienced teachers with an interest in research and theory, it offers a reflective approach along with many practical classroom activities which can immediately be applied in daily teaching.

"It's jam-packed with creative ideas for the classroom, and it's really inspired me."

"The best book I could get for my assignments during my PGCE. If you are a MFL teacher, you must buy it!"

Available from Amazon