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Navigating the English Language Classroom

Effective Practices for Novice Teachers

Subjects: Applied Linguistics & Linguistics, Teacher Training
Paperback : 9780472039111, 344 pages, 23 photos and illustrations, 6 x 9, July 2024
Ebook : 9780472220779, 344 pages, 23 photos and illustrations, 6 x 9, July 2024
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Guiding new teachers as they transition to the classroom

Table of contents


Section I: The Classroom as a Whole
Chapter 1: Building a Social Context
Chapter 2: Navigating Classroom and Institutional Policy
Chapter 3: Working With and Without Set Curricula and Textbooks

Section II: The Teaching Situation 
Chapter 4: Planning Lessons 
Chapter 5: Delivering Lessons 
Chapter 6: Fostering Motivation and Participation 

Section III: The Role of Assessment in the Language Classroom
Chapter 7: Understanding Classroom Assessment
Chapter 8: Implementing Assessment Expectations and Outcomes 
Chapter 9: Managing Feedback 

Section IV: The Integration of Technology in the Language Classroom
Chapter 10: Using Corpora as a Resource
Chapter 11: Using Digital Tools in the Language Classroom 
Chapter 12: Integrating Learning Management Systems 
Chapter 13: Teaching Beyond the Face-to-face Classroom

Section V: The Professionalization Process
Chapter 14: Building a Professional Identity
Chapter 15: Balancing Responsibilities with Life
Chapter 16: Additional Resources for Professionalization and Teaching

Epilogue: End as Beginning




Although language teacher preparation programs expose future teachers to a variety of approaches, methods, and techniques, the transition from training environments to real classrooms is not a straightforward one. Navigating the English Language Classroom is designed to bridge the gap between the highly theorized view of the language classroom presented in language teacher preparation programs and the first years of teaching. Written in accessible language and filled with principled pedagogical practices, the chapters can be integrated into any teacher training program. Novice K–12 and post-secondary teachers can turn to Navigating the English Language Classroom as a self-study resource to help them navigate the first few years in their classrooms. 

Each chapter offers context; a case study; common concerns; and concrete, research-based practices that link theory to practice in an easy-to-access manner. Readers will learn how to face several challenges, including:

  • lesson planning and delivery
  • classroom assessment
  • integrating technology into the classroom
  • using corpora in the classroom
  • establishing a professional identity

Lía D. Kamhi-Stein is Professor and Coordinator of the MA in TESOL Program at California State University, Los Angeles.

Bahiyyih Hardacre is Associate Professor of TESOL at California State University, Los Angeles.

Jeremy Kelley is Associate Director of the Writing Programs at the University of California, Los Angeles.