Essential TEFL, a Book Review

The blurb on the back describes “Essential TEFL ”, written by James Jenkin and Emma Foers, as a source ‘Crammed with 300 activities, teaching aids and full guide to English grammar’.

The book aims to support the new teachers and help them build confidence in planning lessons in their first years in TEFL. It is a very well-planned guide for any new-comer who graduated from university or has just done a CELTA or DELTA training.

The book is clearly divided into four sections.

How to Teach is a guide to teach English written in a very simple format. It starts with a top 10 dos and don’ts and continues with how to use course books and resources.

Activities is the next section where you can find twenty-four must know warmers, some classic activities and techniques for different skills and an A-Z activities with photocopiable materials.

Lesson Plans is a clear guide with different lesson plan options. You will also find another A-Z list of ready-made lesson plans and accompanying photocopiable materials. These lesson plans are prepared around certain topics such as cooking, cultural differences, dream holidays, etc.

Grammar section of the book is planned for beginner to intermediate learners with clear explanations and examples. After each grammar point there is a teaching ideas part where teachers are also warned with the difficulties of these certain points.

Essential TEFL is a useful companion and a reference book for an EFL teacher with lots of useful ideas and support.