Penny Ur – Books and Theories

by on 17/01/13 at 4:21 pm

 Penny Ur’s Bio

Penny Ur was educated at the universities of Oxford (MA), Cambridge (PGCE) and Reading (MATEFL). She emigrated to Israel in 1967, where she still lives today. She is married with four children and five grandchildren. Penny Ur has thirty years’ experience as an English teacher in primary and secondary schools in Israel. She has recently retired from the headship of the M.Ed program in foreign-language teaching at Oranim Academic College of Education, but continues to teach M.A. courses at Oranim and Haifa University. She is interested in all aspects of language-teaching methodology, but in particular issues of fluency and accuracy in language teaching, language-learning activity design and the implications for teachers of the development of English as a lingua franca. She has published a number of articles, and was for ten years the editor of theCambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers series.


Her books include Discussions that Work (1981), Five Minute Activities (co-authored with Andrew Wright) (1992), A Course in Language Teaching (1996), and Grammar Practice Activities (2nd Edition) (2009), all published by Cambridge University Press.

List of Penny Ur’s books on Teaching English - here

In the video below, Penny Ur reveals how she got into teaching English and gives some tips on classroom management.


Penny Ur is the author of “A Course in English Language Teaching” (completely revised Second Edition just published!), “Grammar Practice Activities”, “Vocabulary Activities” and many more, from Cambridge University Press.

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