Coursebooks and materials - Resource Books Part 1

 

The next item that we're going to consider is the use of resource books. There are many different types of resource books available and within those books there tends to be a general pattern and typically the resource book pack will come in a three book series and typically that three book series will be in the form of the student book, a workbook and a teacher's resource book. So for example here are those three books for this particular series called ?Total English? and in the student book the type of information that we can gain from here is the actual background to the teaching points themselves plus some additional information in terms of short worksheets and so on and so forth and tape transcripts at the end for listening activities, which these days often come on a CD rather than cassettes. So within the student book itself what this will give us is the actual information for the teaching point. The workbook will often give us activities that are very useful in any ESA lesson for the study phase of the lesson and the teachers resource book will not only give us some additional background to the actual teaching point but it often gives activities that are useful for the activate phase or in the ESA lesson. So the three books contained within the book series basically will provide us with all the information that we need to know for the actual lesson content itself activities to do during the study phase and activities to do in the activate phase. Now quite often some of the activities that are suggested here may not be culturally suitable or we may not have covered the exact teaching points as they have in the book so very often the activities taken from the work and the resource book would need to be adapted or changed in some way.


Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching. This convenient, highly structured design means that you can quickly get to grips with each section before moving onto the next.

This unit carried out a lot of good examples of created materials as well as ideas for the authentic materials. It also gave some links that are really useful as created materials or to prepare your own. Another useful part is while mentioning all the advantages and disadvantages of having a text book; this part helps a lot not to go over those mistakes while teaching and to take perfect advantage of the textbook. Not the information in the unit but the tasks gave me the chance to review the planning and different kind of classes.