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Teacher Reflections: Keeping the Essence in Sight

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From Teaching Practice to Reflection and Back Again

Keeping the Essence in Sight is an invitation to become a better teacher. To remember the essence of teaching, why we go into the classroom in the first place: To teach our students to communicate in the English language. We become teachers because we love teaching and we love our students.

The book is based on Sharon Hartle’s renowned blog, English Learning in Our World, comprised of reflections on her teaching experience, and organized into four sections: Learning, Teaching, Testing, and Professional Development. Within each section she addresses key questions in ELT, such as:

  • How can we motivate learners to want to learn and develop learner autonomy?
  • What are the best ways to integrate technology into my lessons? Should we think about blended teaching instead of blended learning?
  • Can we improve our teaching and our assessment if we change our model of English?
  • What are some east and accessible ways to do professional development?
  • And most importantly, how can we be better teachers?

As she shares her practical and accessible thoughts grounded in practice and observation, Hartle never loses track of the reader. Discussion questions ask you to reflect on your own experiences and address these key issues for yourself, then apply your ideas to the classroom. So, don’t be shy. Dive in!



A very welcome and timely contribution to the growing literature on Reflective Practice in TESOL
—Dr. Jim Askham, University of Leicester

Sharon’s writing is down to earth and her sense of humour shines through on every page, making the book an entertaining read for any English language teacher.  
—Anne Parry, English Language Consultant

…insightful reflections on questions many teachers grapple with
—Elizabeth Gregson, University of Trento

The book provides many practical insights into four broad strands of contemporary ELT: learning, teaching, testing, and professional development.
—Michael Ennis, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

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116 pages
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