“Teacher Talking Time” by Thomas Jerome Baker

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“Isn’t there a rule of thumb that teachers are supposed to speak something like a ratio of 20:80? Don’t we call this the 80/20 Rule?” From someplace, somewhere, somehow – that
number is hardwired into my brain.

“Who is responsible for that?”, I wonder. Jeremy Harmer?
Scott Thornbury? Penny Ur? Lindsay Clandfield? Hugh Dellar? Jim Scrivener? Shelly Terrell? Marisa Constantinides?

My CELTA teacher (what was her name?) (I remember: Lise Bell, what a great teacher she was.) 

My DELTA teacher? (Christine Ng, also a superb teacher)

I got up and looked at the numerous “How to Teach” books on my bookshelf by these and many more authors. No, no, and yet no again.
I couldn’t find a specific mention of an 80-20 rule. 

So I thought, “That’s strange. There’s something hardwired in my brain, and it’s apparently something that no one has written about at any length. At least, not in ELT.” That’s why this book is very necessary, to fill that gap in our EFL knowledge.

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Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is the Coordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago 2012 & Edcamp Chile 2013, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Edcamp Chile 2013 was held at Universidad UCINF. Thomas is also a member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile. Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of sixty one (61) books, all available on Amazon http://amzn.to/Qxmoec . The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.
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