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My name is Chris Cotter and I've been teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in Japan for twelve years. I've also conducted training programs and workshops for new and experienced teachers, designed comprehensive curriculum and courses, and written articles, given interviews, and offered presentations to help students and teachers.

I wrote Better Language Teaching because so many books out there seem too theoretical. And many of the more approachable ones go hand-in-hand with a degree or certificate, so don't tend to work well with individual study. What's more, the majority of books lack a section on activities.

Without a section on activities, especially a wide variety of step-by-step activities for quick understanding and immediate use, any technique or idea you read about can't be so readily applied. For example, let's say you read about incorporating activities to promote noticing the language and self-correction in the classroom. Unfortunately, other books won't give you an activity to immediately try out. It's like getting the theory about how to drive, but not being given the chance to get behind the wheel!

The site you're looking through is a valuable resource too. Even if you're not interested in purchasing the book, you can still look through and benefit from the contents on the site. My main goal is to make you and other visitors better language teachers, as you then have the power to positively affect the lives of hundreds of others. That's a good thing.

So take a look around the site. If you like what you see, then I encourage you to buy Better Language Teaching. But if you don't want to, that's cool too.

Have great classes!

Chris Cotter
Better Language Teaching

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PPS. Here are just some of the companies and universities where I have designed courses, training programs, and materials. I have taught here too.