Humanising Language Teaching
"Ways of Doing"
by Paul Davis, Barbara Garside and Mario Rinvolucri.
The book's blurb says: "Ways of Doing is a collection of over l00 activities which help students discover how they do things, both inside and outside the classroom. Based largely on humanistic principles, the activities in this book are designed to encourage students to find out a lot more about themselves as people, as learners, as foreign language learners and as members of a group."
Here are excerpts from the Contents page:
The book has a l3 page introduction which might be useful to you if you are on a discursive teacher training course but which, as a practising teacher, you would do well to skip or only read after your own students have shown you the value of some of the exercises.
The Oxford and Cambridge Presses demand that resource book authors write what the editors call "meaty" introductions. Only 25% of teachers ever read such introductions, according to a 1980's Longman survey, but resource book authors are forced to go on churning them out. Penny Ur, current CUP Teacher Handbooks general editor , has let it be known that she judges a new Handbook proposal 50% on the quality of the introduction.
This is academicising absurdity and is similar to judging a five course meal on the shape of the bottle the aperitif comes in. The worth of a book of classroom scenarios derives uniquely from the degree to which the activities draw the best out of a given group of learners.
This, dear editors, is also what makes a book sell initially and then gives it a long shelf life.
You can get Ways of Doing by visiting the Pilgrims on-line bookshop.