Learning to Teach Foreign Languages in the Secondary School: A companion to school experience

4th Edition

Norbert Pachler, Michael Evans, Ana Redondo, Linda Fisher

Published December 5, 2013
Textbook - 412 Pages - 8 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415689960 - CAT# Y122124
Series: Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series

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Praise for previous editions:-

‘A wealth of theory, research, practical advice, case studies and tasks in one volume…Indispensable for both HEI tutors and mentors, and an important book to recommend to all MFL students.' – Language Learning Journal

‘Presenting clear, straightforward, factual information on all current issues facing MFL student teachers ... An excellent reference guide during the first years of teaching.' – Mentoring and Tutoring

Learning to Teach Foreign Languages in the Secondary School has established itself as the leading textbook for student teachers of foreign languages in the UK and internationally. The practical focus is underpinned by a theoretical perspective and backed up by the latest research, encouraging you to develop a personal approach to foreign language teaching.

This new, fourth edition, has been comprehensively updated to take account of recent policy and curriculum changes, and now covers a range of relevant statutory frameworks. Fully revised chapters cover the key knowledge and skills essential for becoming a foreign language teacher:

  • What can we learn from research into language teaching and learning?
  • Teaching methods and learning strategies
  • Creating a meaningful learning environment
  • Transition from Primary to Secondary
  • The role of digital technologies
  • Teaching in the target language
  • Receptive skills and productive skills
  • Teaching and learning grammar
  • Planning and reflecting on classroom practice
  • Pupil differences and differentiation
  • Assessment for and of learning


It includes many examples of how to analyse practice to ensure pupil learning is maximised, together with activities and tasks to support you as you analyse your own learning and performance.

Learning to Teach Foreign Languages in the Secondary School provides practical help and support for many of the situations and potential challenges you are faced with in school. It is an essential purchase for every aspiring secondary foreign languages school teacher.


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