In This Chapter
Deciding when to put the course book aside for a while
Using course book features in unusual ways
Preparing students to anticipate a course book topic in a pre-intermediate lesson plan
In Teaching English as a Foreign Language For Dummies (Wiley) I wrote about using a course book and why it’s often beneficial to do so instead of creating all your own materials. Basically, using a course book is less time-consuming for the teacher because it reduces planning time, it usually contains a logical course syllabus and the book enables you to draw on the experience and research of well-informed teacher-authors.
In this chapter, however, I show you what to do if the course book isn’t meeting your students’ needs. I give you suggestions for eliminating, expanding on, and substituting the material in the book.
What do course books usually contain? This list covers the typical features: