Penny Ur's 100 Teaching Tips
  • Penny Ur's 100 Teaching Tips
  • Penny Ur's 100 Teaching Tips

Penny Ur's 100 Teaching Tips

Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers

Penny Ur, Scott Thornbury

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Tried and tested teaching tips for language teachers. This practical book, with its clear and accessible style, will be useful to many teachers, whether trainee, novice or experienced, in a variety of contexts. It provides a set of 100 hands-on tips on 19 different areas of classroom teaching, including using a coursebook, giving and checking homework, classroom discipline, testing and assessment. The clear and concise advice is accompanied by brief explanatory notes based on the author's extensive teaching experience.

Why I wrote this book Beginning and ending the lesson

1. Start with a smile

2. Begin and end clearly

3. Give an advance overview

4. Teach new material first

5. Don't give homework at the end

6. End with something nice The Coursebook

7. Use the coursebook- selectively

8. Vary the way you use exercises

9. Allow lots of right answers

10. Recycle tasks Discipline

11. Learn students' names

12. Keep it moving

13. Make the lesson interesting

14. Catch problems as they start

15. Avoid confrontations

16. Compliment good behaviour Error correction

17. Do correct mistakes

18. Correct (sometimes) during speech

19. Get students to self-correct

20. Draw attention to correct answers Games

21. Make sure games are fun

22. Check games are learning-rich

23. Keep games simple

24. Involve all, or most, students

25. Have more than one winner Grammar

26. Keep explanations short

27. Use mother tongue to explain

28. Avoid grammatical terms

29. Get students to learn by heart

30. Get students to make meanings Group work

31. Have a good reason to use group work

32. Make collaborating worthwhile

33. Do group work in the middle of the lesson

34. Use pair work a lot

35. Instruct before making groups

36. Organize groups quickly

37. Arrange endings in advance Heterogeneous (mixed-level) classes

38. Let students choose 39. Attend to the weaker students

40. Invite different answers

41. Limit tasks by time, not amount

42. Give basic tasks plus options Homework

43. Clarify requirements in advance

44. Make homework success-oriented

45. Include homework in the final grade

46. Plan homework-giving in advance

47. Check homework has been done

48. Keep class checking to a minimum

49. Check written homework Interest

50. Don't worry about the topic

51. Keep activities short and varied

52. Tell students what the goals are

53. Use higher-order thinking skills

54. Personalize

55. Use visual materials Listening

56. Give topic and task in advance

57. Don't always pre-teach vocabulary

58. Don't use written texts

59. Let students see the speaker

60. Divide the text into short bits

61. Use dictations Pronunciation

62. Teach pronunciation (a little)

63. Drill isolated sounds

64. Contrast with mother-tongue sounds

65. Teach 'international' pronunciation Reading comprehension

66. Read aloud while students follow

67. Minimize guessing from context

68. Don't make students read aloud

69. Read and re-read

70. Use readers' theatre

71. Vary comprehension tasks Speaking activities

72. Use language practice for fluency

73. Use group work 74. Let students use memorized text

75. Give tasks rather than topics

76. Make sure the language is easy Teacher talk

77. Talk a lot

78. Keep eye contact

79. Tell stories

80. Teach common classroom phrases

81. Use mother tongue occasionally

82. Invite short responses Testing and assessment

83. Assess not only through tests

84. Use (also) student self-assessment

85. Use tests as a teaching tool

86. Add optional sections to tests

87. Prepare students for the test

88. Assess yourself Vocabulary teaching

89. Teach a lot of vocabulary

90. Tried and tested teaching tips for language teachers.

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