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How to Study from Text Books

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Hi Learners & Lovers

One of the most common resources in the classroom is the textbook; learn the advantages and disadvantages of this tool:

Use Textbooks Wisely

A textbook is only as good as the teacher who uses it. And it’s important to remember that a textbook is just one tool, perhaps a very important tool, in your learning arsenal. Sometimes, teachers over-rely on textbooks and don’t consider other ways to help students or other materials for the classroom. Some teachers reject a textbook approach to learning because the textbook is outdated or insufficiently covers a topic or subject area.

I believe they are of EXTREME importance, so long students understand they´re NOT the answer to their dream of becoming fluent.

Instead, I use textbooks to help me guide my lessons and all too often I will tell my students to:

. Use lots of supplemental materials such as library books, Internet.

. Promote creative thinking and problem-solving activities in the classroom.

. Use the listening material to practice intonation and pronunciation. Textbooks are usually EASIER than real life.


I like to think of textbooks as tools—they are only as good as the person using them. A hammer in the hands of a competent carpenter can be used to create a great cathedral or an exquisite piece of furniture. In the hands of someone else, the result may be a rundown shack or a rickety (poorly made) bench.

Now use your textbook. It is great. But don´t think it is better than or substitutes your teacher or your daily practice!


Write a short paragraph presenting arguments pro and against textbooks. Use your own experience as an English learner.

Good Luck

Teacher Leo

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