Books

50 Lesson Plans for French Teachers: Step by Step

Steve Smith

This book provides detailed descriptions of 50 French lessons, from beginner to advanced level. The book contains many photocopiable pages and links to PowerPoint slides on a dedicated free page of frenchteacher.net. A range of teaching approaches and procedures are presented, the aim being to help trainee teachers (and others) develop their skill in lesson planning. Lots of planning tips are provided along the way.

Available from Amazon.

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