The Language Learner Guidebook

Shane Dixon


Most people fail to learn a language before they even begin. Want to know why?

Go on a journey with Dr. Shane Dixon as he shares stories of successful and less successful language learners. Dr. Dixon will guide you to understand the scientific reasons for both failure and success. The Language Learner Guidebook, through the lens of cognitive science, language acquisition, and practical know-how, provides powerful tools to help you understand how successful learners actually learn a language.

Did you know that you can go on language adventures in your own backyard? It’s true! You’ll be introduced to the language learner ecosystem, a powerful paradigm that will help you find and evaluate resources all around you. This book will invite you to join a growing world of modern language learners who understand that a powerful shift has occurred in language learning. Whether you travel to far off lands, or never leave the comfort of your home, you can harness the power of immersion.

Dr. Dixon, with more than twenty years’ experience as a professional language trainer, shares his knowledge not only as a fellow language learner but as someone who has witnessed thousands of others go through the process of acquiring a language.

Through stories and examples (and a useful workbook section in the back), this guidebook will allow you to take control of your own language learning by connecting you to strategies and resources that only a modern, immersive approach can provide.

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50 Ways to Learn a Language


Learning another language seems like an impossible task to many, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We like to think of learning a language as a journey or an adventure, where you follow clues and progress one step at a time toward your goal.

This book provides 50 language “mini adventures” -- learning tasks that each help you find your way along your language learning path. Let language experts Shane Dixon and Justin Shewell be your guides as you take these mini adventures, based on years of academic research and experience, and incorporate them into your daily life. You'll find meaningful interactions in your target language, and you'll have fun, too.

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100 TESOL Activities for Teachers: Practical ESL/EFL Activities for the Communicative Classroom

Shane Dixon

100 TESOL Activities is a teacher training manual and activity guide that has been used by teacher training groups from Korea, China, Japan, Iraq, Peru, Mexico and many other parts of the world as part of the popular TESOL Certificate Program: Teach English Now! from Coursera and Arizona State University. Designed to be practical, these techniques support the general need to communicate, interact, and make language come alive in the classroom.

The manual is organized into 3 distinct parts:

  • The first section introduces teachers to some of the most common activities in English language teaching, followed by activities categorized by reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • The second section provides a unique model of lesson planning. This adaptable model helps teachers prepare organized routines to make classes more effective and easier to prepare.
  • The third section includes photocopiable worksheets for the activities described in the manual.

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ISBN (use this number to order from your favorite local bookstore): 978-1938757204 

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100 TESOL Activities is an essential read for any aspiring or experienced teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Dixon has compiled a great list of engaging classroom activities to teach all Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking to all levels of learners in all contexts.The writing is clear and easy to follow for any teacher, and it can be used for self-study or as part of a teacher training class. I used this as the textbook in a recent ESL Methods training course for teachers from Peru with outstanding results. A must-buy if you’re interested in teaching English or training English teachers.

~ Vincent Lauter, Amazon reviewer

I used this book in a teacher training program and the teachers in the course loved the activities in this book! They took the activities and easily incorporated them into demo lessons to present to the class. This book is perfect for teachers who want ideas, activities, and guidance on lesson planning that they can instantly apply to their teaching contexts. Would definitely recommend this book!

~ Elizabeth M., Amazon reviewer


Fifty Ways to Teach Reading

Shane Dixon

This book for ESL/EFL teachers has 50 activities, games, techniques, and exercises to help you teach reading skills in an enjoyable way – for both you and your students!

The book is divided into five sections:

  1. Pre-reading activities
  2. Reading activities
  3. Post-reading Activities
  4. Intensive Reading Activities
  5. Extensive Reading Activities

The Fifty Ways to Teach series gives you a variety of drills, games, techniques, methods, and ideas to help your students master English. Most of the ideas can be used for both beginning and advanced classes. Many require little to no preparation or special materials. The ideas can be used with any textbook, or without a textbook at all. These short, practical guides aim to make your teaching life easier, and your students' lives more rewarding and successful.

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Shane Dixon

Shane Dixon, Senior International Educator, Arizona State University

Dr. Dixon has designed teacher training and custom programs for groups from China, Korea, Japan, Iraq, Peru, and Mexico, and has created language programs for companies such as General Electric (Brazil), LG (Korea), and Toyota (Japan). Most recently, Dr. Dixon was the academic director for a large scale (500 person) English teacher training program sponsored by the Mexican government. He is currently designing ASU's online TESOL certificate program (Teach English Now!) at on the Coursera platform. He holds a doctorate in educational technology from Arizona State University and a master's degree in English language planning and policy from Brigham Young University.