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Bibliography for teachers

  • Language teaching: online, books, articles.
  • Language learning strategies: online, books.
  • Second language acquisition.

Language teaching

The following texts will need to be purchased.

  • Cotterall, S. and Hoffmann A. (1998). How to Learn Another Language. VUW Language Learning Centre.
  • Lewis, M. (1995). Learning to be a Language Teacher. ELI Occasional Publications No. 15.
  • Nation, I. S. P. (2000). Creating, Adapting and Using Language Teaching Techniques. ELI Occasional Publications No. 20.
  • Nation, I. S. P. (1989). Language Teaching Techniques. ELI Occasional Publications No. 2.
  • Nation, I. S. P. (1996). Language Curriculum Design. ELI Occasional Publications No. 16.
  • Nation, I. S. P. & Thomas, G. I. (1988). Communication Activities. ELI Occasional Publications No. 13.


  • Cantoni, G. P. (1999). Using TPR-Storytelling to Develop Fluency and Literacy in Native American Languages. [Chapter 5], in Reyner, J., Cantoni, G., St. Clair, R. N., and Yazzie, E. P. (Eds). (1999). Revitalizing Indigenous Languages. (pp. 53–58). Flagstaff, AZ: Northern Arizona University.
  • Dave’s ESL Café Idea Cookbook contains lots of practical ideas submitted by teachers that can be adapted to teach Māori.
  • English Teaching Forum is a quarterly journal published by the US Department of State for teachers of English as a foreign or second language. It has been free to access online since 1993.
  • EnglishClub.com: ESL Teachers Lounge has links to lots of practical materials for ESL teaching that can be adapted.
  • Hinton, L. (2003). How to teach when the teacher isn’t fluent. In Reyhner, J., Trujillo, O. V., Carrasco, R. L., and Lockard, L. (Eds). (2003). Nurturing Native Languages. Flagstaff, AZ: Northern Arizona University. American article about teaching Native American languages.
  • The Internet TESL Journal, for teachers of English as a Second Language, publishes online short, accessible full-text articles on the teaching of English online. The principles, ideas and tasks described in the journal articles can be adapted for use in Māori language classes.
  • Jacobs, G. & Small, J. (2003). Combining Dictogloss and Cooperative Learning to Promote Language Learning. The Reading Matrix 3, 1.
  • Reyhner, J., Trujillo, O. V., Carrasco, R. L., & Lockard, L. (Eds). (2003). Dos and Don’ts in Language Teaching. In Nurturing Native Languages. Northern Arizona University. Written for teachers of Navajo (a Native American Language).
  • TEFL.net has links for articles about teaching ESL. The general principles can be adapted for use in teaching Māori.
  • TEFL.net: ESL Worksheet Generator has forms where you can input words (for example in Māori, but unfortunately without macrons which would have to be added manually) to create matching or sorting worksheets for vocabulary study.


  • Fernandez-Toro, M. & Jones, F. R. (2001). DIY techniques for language learners. London: Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research. Contains some photocopiable pages.
  • Gibbons, P. (1991). Learning to Learn in a Second Language. Newtown, NSW: Primary English Teaching Association.
  • Gibbons, P. (2002). Scaffolding Language, Scaffolding Learning: Teaching Second Language Learners in the Mainstream Classroom. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Nation, I. S. P. (2001). Learning Vocabulary in Another Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • New Zealand Department of Education. (1988). New voices: second language learning and teaching: a handbook for primary teachers. Wellington, NZ: Department of Education. Contains some practical suggestions on teaching techniques, with an ESL focus.
  • Wajnryb, R. (1990). Resource Books for Teachers: Grammar Dictation. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


  • Franken, M. (1987). Self-questioning scales for improving academic writing. Guidelines 9, 1:1–8.
  • Johns, T. & Davies, F. (1983). Text as a vehicle for information: the classroom use of written texts in teaching reading in a foreign language. Reading in a Foreign Language 1, 1:1–19.
  • Long, M. H. & Porter, P. A. (1985). Group work, interlanguage talk, and second language acquisition. TESOL Quarterly 19, 2:207–228.
  • Maurice, K. (1983). The fluency workshop. TESOL Newsletter, 17, 4:29.
  • McComish, J. (1982). Listening to pictures. Modern English Teacher 10, 2:4–8.
  • Nation, I. S. P. (1989). Improving speaking fluency. System, 17 (3), 377–384.
  • Nation, I. S. P. & Thomas, G. I. (1979). Communication through the ordering exercise. Guidelines 1:68–75.
  • Nation, I. S. P. (1978). ‘What is it?’: a multipurpose language teaching technique. English Teaching Forum 16, 3: 20–23,32.
  • Palmer, D. M. (1982). Information Transfer for Listening and Reading. English Teaching Forum 20, 1:29–33.
    This article contains a large number of useful and practical suggestions, in the ESL context.
  • Simcock, M. (1993). Developing Productive Vocabulary Using the “Ask And Answer” Technique. Guidelines, 15, 2:1–7.
  • Wajnryb, R. (1988). The Dictogloss Method of Language Teaching: A text-based, communicative approach to grammar. English Teaching Forum 26, 3:35–38.

Language learning strategies



  • Cotterall, S. & Reinders, H. (2004). Teaching learner strategies. RELC: Singapore. (Available from: Library And Information Centre, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre, 30 Orange Grove, Singapore 258352, Republic of Singapore, Fax: 65-6734-2753, email:[email protected])
  • Ellis, G. & Sinclair, B. (1989). Learning to learn English: a course in learner training. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.
  • Lewis, M. (1999). How to Study Foreign Languages. Hampshire & London, UK: MacMillan. Part I: What is Involved in Learning a Language. Part II: Strategies for Language Acquisition. This book is aimed at adult learners studying at tertiary level.
  • Oxford, R. (Ed.) (1996). Language learning strategies around the world: cross-cultural perspectives. Honolulu: Second Language Teaching & Curriculum Center, University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
  • Oxford, R. (1990). Language Learning Strategies: What Every Teacher Should Know. New York, USA: Newbury House. A classic, very detailed book. Page 221 describes an example of strategy training for learning English in a primary school class in Denmark.
  • Rubin, J. & Thompson, I. (1994). How to be a More Successful Language Learner. Boston, MA: Heinle & Heinle.
  • Willing, K. (1989). Teaching how to learn: learning strategies in ESL. Sydney: National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research, Macquarie University. Two volumes: a teachers guide and a book of activity worksheets which could easily be adapted for Māori.

Second language acquisition

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