The Practice of English Language Teaching by Jeremy Harmer

The Practice of English Language Teaching 5th Edition (with DVD)


How do you teach and learn another language?  How do you choose from the many books on teaching English?  What books do schools and universities use for teaching English teachers? The Practice of English Language Teaching is such a book.

English Language TeachingThe highly acclaimed Practice of English Language Teaching is an essential guide for teachers of English in a wide range of contexts. The fifth edition has been revised to reflect new developments in language teaching.  It explains current pedagogy to teachers who want to access the most relevant ELT practices and incorporate them into their lessons.

The Practice of English Language Teaching includes:

  • English as a world language
  • Theories of language and language learning
  • Learner characteristics which influence teacher decisions
  • Guidance on managing learning
  • Teaching language systems (grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation)
  • Teaching language skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading)
  • Practical teaching ideas, The role of technology (old and new) in the classroom
  • Assessment of language learning in the digital age.


  • Part 1: Language
    • Chapter 1: The changing world of English
    • Chapter 2: Describing the English Language
  • Part 2:  Theories, methods, and techniques
    • Chapter 3: Background issues in the English Language
    • Chapter 4: Popular methodology
  • Part 3: Learners and Teachers
    • Chapter 5: Describing learners
    • Chapter 6: Describing teachers
    • Chapter 7: Describing learning contexts
  • Part 4: Managing Learning
    • Chapter 8: Mistakes and feedback
    • Chapter 9: Managing for success
    • Chapter 10: Grouping students
  • Part 5: The changing world of the classroom
    • Chapter 11: Educational technology and other learning resources
  • Part 6: Focusing on the language
    • Chapter 12: Teaching language construction
    • Chapter 13: Teaching grammar
    • Chapter 14: Teaching vocabulary
    • Chapter 15: Teaching pronunciation
  • Part 7: Language Skills
    • Chapter 16: Teaching language skills
    • Chapter 17: Reading
    • Chapter 18: Listening
    • Chapter 19: Writing
    • Chapter 20: Speaking
  • Part 8 Planning and syllabuses
    • Chapter 21: Planning lessons
  • Part 9 Evaluation
    • Chapter 22: Testing and evaluation
    • Chapter 23: Learner autonomy: Learning to learn
    • Chapter 24: What teachers do next
  • Bibliography
  • DVD Contents and tasks
  • Indexes (Subject and Author)

DVD contents

  • Film clips including:
    • meeting the teachers
    • lesson stories
    • teachers talking
  • topics include:
    • Live listening and asking students to reconstruct what they hear
    • Interactive whiteboard to teach interactive listening and speaking skills
    • Building up a dialog
    • The structure – going to a class of beginners
    • Teaching learners how to ask for and give directions
    • Using a reading text to create the conditions for a speaking activity
    • The impact of interactive whiteboards in classrooms
    • Lexical phrases to describe feeling happy and sad


by Jeremy Harmer  (Author)
4.0 out of 5 stars
Paperback, 5th, 446 pages
Published April 2015 by Pearson Education ESL
ISBN 1447980255 (ISBN13: 9781447980254)
Edition Language: English


The Practice of English Language Teaching is a book of teaching methodology.  This book will equip the teacher with strategies for teaching language.  The fifth edition keeps up with the latest developments in teaching methodologies.

The Practice of English Language Teaching


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  • Good resource for teachers


  • Not suitable for EFL students

Aaron Skudder


  1. English  for foreigners is a really good information site. I really like the information. With everything from writing to grammar. You have really made a unique website about language,. I am Italian, and wanted a good resource to help my family to understand English, when they come over seas. Thank you and I will be referring your site to them

    • Thanks for your comment, Trevor.  Perhaps you could refer your family to some of the resources on the site like Learner English, this will help with the pronunciation problems that foreigners have.

  2. This is a great post English for foreigners is a great information website.as my English is not the best so for me i find this is really great,there are lots of people out there that really need to see this,great work
    even i need to get one myself thanks, great information

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