When the Teacher Trainer started in 1986 there were literally only a handful of professionally related books to help us modern language teacher trainers with our work. These days there are many, many more. The original list of books on our web site was contributed, a few years back, by Dr Ian McGrath, then Associate Professor of Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Recently some new books and article collections have appeared which could be useful to us all. So here follows a somewhat more up to date list!

A Basic Bibliography for Language Teacher Educators:

, K. and Nunan, D., eds. (1996) Voices from the Language Classroom. Cambridge: CUP. (Not specifically concerned with teacher education but of great interest nevertheless.)

Bailey, K. (2006) Language Teacher Supervision: A case-based approach. Cambridge: CUP.

Balloch, F. (1996) Teacher Development Resource Book. Folkestone: English Experience.

Beadle, P (2010) How to Teach. Crown House Pubs.

, R. and Tomlinson, B. (1995. 2nd ed.) Discover English. Oxford: Heinemann. (Lots of language awareness exercises for trainee teachers.)

Bowen, T. & Marks, J. (1994) Inside Teaching. Oxford: Heinemann.

Brown, H. D. (2007). Principles of Language Learning and Teaching, 5th edition. White Plains, NY: Pearson Education Inc.

Burns, A & Richards, J. (2009) The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Teacher Education. Cambridge: CUP.

Byrd, P. & Nelson, G. (Eds). (2003). Sustaining Professionalism. Alexandra, Va: ESOL Inc.

Campbell, C. & Krysewska, H. (1995) Towards Teaching. Oxford: Heinemann.

Coombe, C., AI-Hamly, M., Davidson, P., & Troudi, S. (Eds.). (2007) Evaluating teacher effectiveness in ESL EFL contexts. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press. More details can be found at:

Darling-Hammond, L. & Lieberman, A. (Eds) (2012) Teacher Education around the World. Routledge.

Diadori, P. (Ed). (2012) How to Train Language Teacher Trainers. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Doff, A. (1988) Teach English: A training course for teachers. Cambridge: CUP. (The practical training course written by Doff some years ago and based on work in Egypt.)

Flowerdew, J., Brock, M. and Hassiya, S., eds. (1992) Perspectives on Second Language Education. Hong Kong: City Polytechnic of Hong Kong.

Foord, D. (2009) The Developing Teacher: Practical Activities for PD. Delta.

Forsyth, P. (1992) Running an Effective Training Session. Aldershot. Gower.

Freeman, D. and Richards, J., eds. (1996) Teacher Learning in Language Teaching. Cambridge: CUP.

Gebhard, J.G. & Oprandy, R. (1999) Language Teaching Awareness. Cambridge: CUP.

Gough, B. & James, D. (1990) Planning Professional Training Days. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Harmer, J. (2012) Essential Teacher Knowledge. London: Pearson.

Hayes, D., ed. (1997) In-service Teacher Development: International perspectives. Hemel Hempstead, Herts.: Prentice Hall.

Head, K. and Taylor, P. (1997) Readings in Teacher Development. Oxford: Heinemann..

James, P. (2001) Teachers in Action. Cambridge: CUP.

Johnson, K. (2005) Expertise in Second Language Learning and Teaching. Oxford: Palgrave Macmillan.

Larsen-Freeman, D. & Anderson, M. (2011) Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching 3rd edit., Oxford University Press.

Li, D., Mahoney, D., and Richards, J., eds. (1994) Exploring Second Language Teacher Development. Hong Kong: City Polytechnic of Hong Kong.

Malderez, A. & Bodoczky, C. (1999) Mentor Courses. Cambridge: CUP.

Malderez, A. & Wedell, M. (2007) Training Teachers: Processes and Practices. Continuum.

McGrath, I., ed. (1997) Learning to Train. Hemel Hempstead, Herts.: Prentice Hall.

, J. (2001). Short Courses and Workshops. London: Kogan Page.

Nunan, D. & Lamb, C. (1996). The Self-Directed Teacher. Cambridge: CUP.

Parrott, M. (1993) Tasks for Language Teachers. Cambridge: CUP.

Race, P. & Smith, B. (1995) 500 Tips for Trainers. London: Kogan Page.

Randall, M. & Thornton, B. (2001) Advising and Supporting Teachers. Cambridge: CUP.

Richards, J. and Nunan, D., eds. (1990) Second Language Teacher Education. Cambridge: CUP.

Richards, J.C. & Farrell, T. (2005). Professional Development for Language Teachers. Cambridge: CUP

Roberts, J. (1998) Language Teacher Education. London: Edward Arnold.

Sachs, G., Brock, M. and Lo, R., eds. (1996) Directions in Second Language Teacher Education. Hong Kong: City Polytechnic of Hong Kong.

Sadtono, E., ed. (1992) Language Teacher Education in a Fast Changing World. Singapore: SEAMO Regional Language Center.

Sadtono, E., ed. (1992. Issues in Language Teacher Education. Singapore: SEAMO Regional Language Center.

Spratt, M. 1994. English for the Teacher. Cambridge: CUP.

Tanner, R. and Green, C. (1998) Tasks for Teacher Education. Harlow, Essex: Addison Wesley Longman.

Thaine, C. (2010) Teacher Training Essentials: Workshops for Professional Development. Cambridge University Press.

Thornbury, S. (1997) About Language. Cambridge: CUP.

Thornbury, S. & Watkins, P. (2007). The Celta Course: Official Preparation Material. Trainee Book and Trainer’s Manual.

Trappes-Lomax, H. and McGrath, I., eds. (1999) Theory in Language Teacher Education. Harlow, Essex: Longman.

Tsui, A. (2003). Understanding Expertise in Teaching. Cambridge: CUP.

Tripp, D. (2012) Critical Incidents in Teaching. Abingdon: Routledge.

Ur, P. (1996) A Course in Language Teaching. Cambridge: CUP.

Wajnryb, R. (1992) Classroom Observation Tasks. Cambridge: CUP.

Wallace, M. (1991) Training Foreign Language Teachers: A reflective approach. Cambridge: CUP.

Wallace, M. (1998) Action Research for Language Teachers. Cambridge: CUP.

Willis, J. & Willis, D. (1996) Challenge and Change in Language Teaching. Oxford: Heinemann.

Woodward, T. (1991) Models and Metaphors in Language Teacher Training. Cambridge: CUP.

Woodward, T. (1992) Ways of Training. Harlow, Essex: Longman.

Woodward, T. (2004) Ways of Working with Teachers. Kent: TW Publications. Read more...

Wright, T. and R. Bolitho (2007) Trainer Development.
The book is available on Amazon [
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