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What English Language Teachers Need to Know Volume I

Understanding Learning, 1st Edition

By Denise E. Murray, MaryAnn Christison


224 pages

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Designed for pre-service teachers and teachers new to the field of ELT, What English Teachers Need to Know I and II are companion textbooks organized around the key question: What do teachers need to know and be able to do in order for their students to learn English? The focus throughout is on outcomes, that is, student learning.

Volume I, on understanding learning, provides the background information that teachers need to know and be able to use in their classroom:

  • the characteristics of the context in which they work
  • how English works and how it is learned
  • their role in the larger professional sphere of English language education

Volume II, on facilitating learning, covers the three main facets of teaching:

  • planning
  • instructing
  • assessing

The texts work for teachers across different contexts (countries where English is the dominant language, one of the official languages, or taught as a foreign language); different levels (elementary/primary, secondary, college or university, or adult education), and different learning purposes (general English, workplace English, English for academic purposes, or English for specific purposes).


"This relevant and timely textbook is a reminder that as the ESL and EFL population grows, the field of TESOL will have to continue to find innovative ways to educate those who teach them."—Teachers College Record

"Featuring a clear and simple writing style and a reader-friendly layout, this volume in the set gives background on how English is learned and the role of the teacher in the professional field, integrating current research in English teaching, psychology, neuroscience, pedagogy, cultural studies, and linguistics."—Book News

Table of Contents



Part 1: Identity and Context 1. Learner Identities 2. The World of English 3. English Learning around the World 4. The Cultural Context 5. Learning about Identity and Setting Part 2: Teacher Language Awareness 6. The Sound System 7. The Word System 8. The Sentence System 9. Beyond the Sentence: Spoken and Written Language

Part 3: Learning 10. Theories of Learning 11. An Introduction to Second Language Acquisition 12. Second Language Acquisition and Language Pedagogy 13. Learning Theories in the Classroom

Part 4: Professionalism 14. Sustaining Professionalism

About the Authors

Denise E. Murray is Professor Emeritus, Macquarie University, Australia, and Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University .She has taught prospective and in-service ELT teachers for more than 4 decades in Australia, the US, the UK, and Thailand; has developed numerous courses in MA TESOL programs in Australia and the US; has conducted research in this area, and has published her work in 17 books and more than 100 articles in professional journals, as book chapters, or conference proceedings.

MaryAnn Christison is Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Utah, US. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in both the MA and PhD programs. Chrisison has taught pre-service and in-service ELT teachers for more than 3 decades in 26 countries -- including India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Peru, Taiwan, China, Colombia, Morocco, and Russia, and has authored and co-authored 16 books, 12 multi-media programs, and 92 articles in professional journals, as book chapters, or in conference proceedings.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language