2nd Edition

How to be a Brilliant English Teacher

By Trevor Wright Copyright 2012
    232 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now in its second edition, Trevor Wright’s hugely popular How to be a Brilliant English Teacher is packed with practical advice drawn from his extensive and successful experience as an English teacher, examiner and teacher trainer. This accessible and readable guide offers sound theoretical principles with exciting practical suggestions for the classroom.

    Fully updated to include a new expanded section on differentiation and inclusion, as well as covering new material on behaviour management and teaching poetry for enjoyment and personal response, this book tackles other tricky areas such as:

    • Starting with Shakespeare
    • Effective planning and assessment
    • Learning to love objectives
    • Working small texts and big texts
    • Drama.

    Trainee teachers will find support and inspiration in this book and practising English teachers can use it as an empowering self-help guide for improving their skills. Trevor Wright addresses many of the anxieties that English teachers face, offering focused and realistic solutions.

    1. Shakespeare: First Contact 2. Planning : the Third Element 3. Learning to Love Objectives 4. Poetry, texts and Pupil Responses 5. Managing Learning, Managing Classrooms 6. Evaluation 7. Planning, Curriculums and Frameworks 8. Working with Big Texts 9. Drama - Mandie Wright 10. Differentiation and Inclusion


    Trevor Wright is a Senior Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education at the University of Worcester, UK.

    'Very inspiring, brilliant.'

    'Insightful and full of practical ideas.'

    'You have really been an inspiration.'

    'A fantastic preparation for teaching.'

    'Invaluable practical advice.'

    'Always interesting and relevant.'

    'Great poetry ideas.'

    'Excellent, incredibly helpful.'


    'Crucial to my development as a teacher.'

    'I have taken away great ideas, many of which I’ve put into practice with some cracking results!'

    'Your advice on class management was the turning point in my teaching.'

    'Stimulating and thought-provoking.'

    'Trevor gave me the confidence to enter a classroom.'

    'A distillation of so much personal experience, focus and understanding.'

    'No waffle or bogus theory.'

    'Trevor is a teacher in the true sense of the world; not only is he dynamic in the classroom – a gift in itself – he also has the ability to teach others how to teach. His head is an ideas factory – objectives go in, and multitudes of ideas come out. This makes his teaching fluid, differentiated and full of flair. It is wonderful that he has this gift and commendable that he shares it.'

    'Thanks for being such a brilliant teacher.'

    'A master craftsman of teaching.'

    'You’re a brilliant teacher.'

    'Your lessons have been brilliant.'

    'I can definitely say, "I’ve been inspired".'

    'His English lessons show how teaching and learning can be enriching, fulfilling and fun.'

    'We won’t forget you, you even made Chaucer kind of fun.'