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You never know quite how a new book will be received, so I am pleased to see the following early reviews on Amazon for my new handbook Becoming an Outstanding Languages Teacher.

“In an increasingly jargon-heavy and initiative-laden educational landscape, Steve Smith's approach is refreshingly straightforward. This book contains a wealth of common-sense advice and well thought-out strategies which actually work in the MFL classroom. It is pleasing that the focus is on learning and that the basics are not neglected - the chapter on "Running a Room" should be required reading for every NQT. Steve's technical knowledge is outstanding and ideas are explained clearly and precisely. Steve's book now accompanies me every time I sit down to plan and I thoroughly recommend it.”

“This has arrived last week and I have started reading it immediately. It is very well written and easy to read. The ideas presented are very useful and explains each task very clearly. I am very happy I bought it and it is something I refer back to when planning my lessons.”

“As an experienced teacher and a Head of Department I never feel like I want to stop improving my own practice and that of the teachers in my department. This book has been the fantastic basis for meetings and has lead to discussion and creation of new, exciting resources that we share. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether you’re just starting out on your teaching career or if you’ve been at it for a while! Great ideas, easy to read and very easy to apply in the classroom.”

“Having bought and been inspired by The Language Teachers' Toolkit, i was excited to learn about this new book from Steve Smith, whose site has been a constant and invaluable source of inspiration for me during my recent teacher training and NQT year. I am a very confident deliverer of lessons, however, the actual planning of lessons is something i struggle with. This book is proving to be an excellent resource to help me in my lesson planning and i recommend it wholeheartedly.”

“A great book with ideas you can take away and tomorrow. This should be a must read for any trainee MFL teacher and a good reminder of things we have possibly forgotten about or new ideas we hadn't even thought about for us more experienced teachers.”

The book is available from Routledge or from Amazon here:

The book is also available from in the USA.

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