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Teaching English for the Real World

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So much of the teaching in schools of how the English language works does not prepare students for the real world. So little has changed in exams, the curriculum, or the way people think about English teaching, in several decades. This book is Joe Nutt's attempt to help schools redress that dramatic imbalance.

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So much of the teaching in schools of how the English language works does not prepare students for the real world. So little has changed in exams, the curriculum, or the way people think about English teaching, in several decades. This book is Joe Nutt's attempt to help schools redress that dramatic imbalance.

It's not in any sense a practical teaching guide only for English teachers, nor is it full of hints and tips, lesson plans and schemes of work. Teaching English for the Real World is a far wider consideration of what schools and English teachers should be doing if they wish to prepare secondary school children to be successful and effective users of English, in the real world of work, higher education and adult life they will all too soon enter.

If you are an English teacher, by the time you finish reading Teaching English for the Real World, you should be better prepared to deliver lessons that those you teach will forever be grateful for.

About the author

Joe Nutt's writing career really began when he published an essay on Anthony Powell as a postgraduate student at The University of Warwick, (after his tutor had graded it B) and then followed that up by winning first prize in the university's short story competition. His academic books are used by some of the leading schools in the UK. He wrote a fortnightly column for TES between 2015 and 2019 and has written for The Spectator, Spiked and Areo magazines. His most recent book, 'The Point of Poetry,' was published by Unbound in March 2019. 
 
 
 
 

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Author Joe Nutt
ISBN 9781912906956
No of pages 176
Format Paperback
Publication Date 15 May 2020

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  • Real-world thinking
    Review by RKon 12/06/2020
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    This is a really thought-provoking read for all English teachers, particularly those teaching in the first few years of secondary school. Joe Nutt draws not only on his experiences as an English teacher, but also considerable experience in the commercial world, from which he has learnt the value of presentation skills, listening and debating, and why these need more focus in schools. He recommends keeping a diary as a real-world writing activity - something that made me wince at first - but when you think about it, what other writing do pupils do other than that set by teachers? The author also really makes you question the use of technology in reading and writing. Does technology help or hinder these skills? Although I am enthusiastic about technology, I would have to agree that it can wait until children have mastered writing with pen and paper, and can read with resilience and stamina. There is reference to research on reading in print versus e-book, which I would like to see explored in more detail. Overall, the importance of English shines through this book and it will make you think for some time to come. Highly recommended.