The Teacher's Handbook includes 12 chapters on distinct topics. The concepts of the book include a description of what it means to learn and understand a language, how to plan lessons for teaching language to different ages and demographics of students and how to teach oral and written interpersonal communication.
Teacher's Handbook: Contextualized Language Instruction, written by Judith L. Shrum and Eileen W. Glisan is now in its fourth edition, as of July 2015. A fifth edition is set to be published in September 2015. It is designed to be a guide to help instructors learn how to teach English as a foreign language. It is most often used by teaching assistants and graduate school instructors who are teaching lower-level language courses and by students pursuing a degree in teaching and education.
The book begins with a preliminary orientation to the profession of language teaching and the standards for language teachers before progressing into an in-depth discussion of the many facets of the field. The book includes real-world examples, case studies and appendices to aid the reader in mastering the material. There is also a website that is intended to be used in conjunction with the text that provides links to teacher resources and videos about standards-based instruction.