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TESOL books 

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 

In her forty years of working in the field of TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) and related teacher training and development, Tessa has authored or co-authored nine published books so far. 

These are listed in Section One below, the most recent being listed first.

Section Two details Tessa’s contributions to other people’s edited collections.


Section one

Authored and co-authored TESOL books

Teacher Development over Time

Teacher Development Over Time proves to be an indispensable resource for language teachers as well as teacher educators and mentors. It was a finalist in the British Council ELTONS Innovation Awards 2019.

Thinking in the EFL Class

Thinking in the EFL Class helps teachers stay interested in their work and in helping students cope with the demands of learning a language and living in a restless, changeable world.

Planning from lesson to lesson

Planning from Lesson to Lesson is a teacher's resource book contains over 50 re-usable activities, creating hundreds of classroom tasks.

Ways of Training

Ways of Training is for anyone interested in teacher training, whether trainer, trainee, organizer or administrator.


Loop Input aims to help teachers, trainers and lecturers to get away from a lecture -based approach to training.

Something to Say

Something to say is a resource book designed to help develop automatic fluency, a key element in successful speaking skills for language learners.

Planning Lessons and Courses

Planning Lessons and Courses helps inexperienced teachers to gain confidence in establishing sound working practices and will give more experienced teachers ideas to refresh their routines.

Ways of Working with Teachers

Ways of Working with Teachers concentrates on the ways that information, ideas, opinions, skills and awareness can be shared in teacher training and development settings.

Models and Metaphors in Language Teacher Training

Models and Metaphors is aimed at trainers of foreign language teachers, teachers who run training sessions, and teachers' self-help groups.



Tessa’s TESOL articles and contributions to online environments. 



Section two

Contributions in edited collections

Developing Expertise Through Experience Ed. Alan Maley 2019 (British Council Teaching English) 

In this publication, twenty seasoned practitioners worldwide reflect on their own career trajectories. Tessa’s chapter (19) is called ‘Becoming a language teacher’. Tessa made a short video to accompany the book.

Integrating global issues in the creative English language classroom Eds. Alan Maley and Nik Peachey 2017 (British Council Teaching English) 

This publication provides innovative ideas for teaching while raising awareness of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Tessa’s chapter (6) written with Jemma Prior is called, ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’.

If you are unfamiliar with the UN SDGs and this book, this video will put you in the picture!

Creativity in the English Language Classroom Eds. Alan Maley and Nik Peachey 2016 (British Council Teaching English) 

The focus of this book is on practical activities which can help to nurture, develop and motivate our students. Tessa’s chapter (16) is called ‘A framework for learning creativity’.

One that got away!

Tessa gained permission from the European Journal of Applied Linguistics for a published article of hers to be included in a book that was to be called, Teacher Training and Education. Her article was duly accepted for the new book but then the editors told her the project had fallen through. If you would like to read the article, please click here:

Language Activities for Teenagers Ed. Seth Lindstromberg 2004 (Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers) 

This book has 99 new activities to coax, cajole and tempt teenagers into learning English in an enjoyable way. Tessa contributed over 20 activities.

Effective Foreign Language Teaching at the Primary Level Eds. Raya, Faber, Gewehr and Peck 2001 (Peter Lang)

Tessa’s contribution is entitled ‘The use of observation of videoed class time as a framework for teacher development’. As the book is hard to get hold of, you can read a pre-print of the article here:

Best Practice in language teaching: An IH Perspective 2008
Tessa’s contribution is called ‘Exploring the principle of reciprocity in teacher learning’.
As the book is hard to get hold of, you can read a version of the chapter here framed as a session report.

Learning to Train, Perspectives on the development of language teacher trainers Ed. Ian McGrath 1997 (Prentice Hall Europe/British Council.

Tessa’s contribution is called ‘Teacher training: A question matrix’. To read it, click here:

Challenge and Change in Language Teaching Eds. Jane and Dave Willis 1995 (Heinemann)

Tessa’s chapter (1) is called ‘Paradigm shift and the language teaching profession’.

The Standby Book, Activities for the language classroom Ed. Seth Lindstromberg 1997 (Cambridge handbooks for language teachers) 

This anthology contains over 100 activities for use by standby teachers called to teach at short notice of which Tessa contributed 12.

The Recipe Book, Practical ideas for the language classroom Ed. Seth Lindstromberg 1990 (Cambridge handbooks for language teachers) 

This anthology includes 77 activities plus suggestions for their extension and variation. Tessa contributed 17 of the activities.

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