Books for English Language Teaching

Practical Classroom English by Hughes, Moate and Raatikainen (OUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0194422796

This is a comprehensive catalogue of classroom procedures and activities to help teachers in planning lessons. It includes discussion points, activities, and exercises.

There is an audio CD of classroom extracts, and additional online resources. It is ideal for self-access work, whether in a group or individually. Intended mainly as a teacher resource, but can also be used as part of a training programme.

Ways of Doing
by Davis, Garside and Rinvolucri

ISBN-13: 978-0521585590 (CUP)

This book helps students discover how they do things, both inside and outside the classroom. Based largely on humanistic principles, it has over 100 activities designed to encourage students to think, speak and write in English about areas they may never have discussed in their mother tongue. It is a rich source of stimulating and easy-to-use lesson ideas requiring minimal preparation. The activities, which are suitable for a range of levels and ages, deal with the following areas: - examining the patterns and processes in students' everyday life - exploring both the mother tongue and the foreign language - group dynamics - exploring and exploiting the course book - ways of learning - correction and feedback. There is also a special teacher development section.

Teaching English Overseas by McKay (OUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0194328142

This book is for native-speaker teachers of English preparing to work overseas. It looks at the way in which social, political, economic, and cultural factors can influence the language classroom.

It also contains many practical suggestions on how to cope with the professional problems and misunderstandings which can occur in overseas contexts.

Using Newspapers in the Classroom
by Paul Sanderson

ISBN-13: 978-0521645263 (CUP)

Using Newspapers in the Classroom is a collection of over 130 practical and creative newspaper-based activities to use with young adult and adult learners from pre-intermediate to advanced levels. The activities, which show teachers how to exploit the different features and sections of newspapers, are designed to provide motivating and challenging learning experiences, as well as valuable language practice. Clear lesson plans, sample materials and practical guidelines combine to give teachers of general English and English for specific purposes maximum support for using newspapers in the classroom.

Teaching English Spelling
by Shemesh and Waller

ISBN-13: 978-0521639712 (CUP)

This resource book is packed with activities for practising common spelling patterns in English. Each unit concentrates on a particular 'sound' or phoneme.

It is a comprehensive collection of classroom activities for practising common spelling patterns.


Planning Lessons and Courses
by Tessa Woodward

Cambridge University Press

This book deals with the kinds of everyday questions working teachers face as they plan lessons and courses. Each chapter contains an analysis of the issue under discussion, as well as practical principles and sample activities.

Planning Lessons and Courses will help inexperienced teachers gain confidence in establishing sound working practices and will give more experienced teachers ideas to refresh their routines.

Advanced Learners by Maley

Oxford University Press (OUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0194421942

This book consists of 90 activities focusing on productive and receptive skills, vocabulary, grammar, and culture.

It is designed for use as self-study, in one-to-one situations, or in small groups.

Keep Talking
by Friederike Klippel

Cambridge University Press

This is a practical guide to communication activities in the language classroom, suitable for use with students from elementary to advanced level. Part I contains instructions for over 100 different exercises, including interviews, guessing games, jigsaw tasks, problem solving, values clarification techniques, mime, role play and story telling. For each activity, notes are also provided on the linguistic and educational aims, the level, organisation, time and preparation required. Part II contains the accompanying worksheets, which can be copied, making many of the activities instantly available for use in class. A comprehensive table of activities and an index are included for ease of reference.

Using the Board in the Language Classroom by Dobbs (CUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0521654173

More than 130 activities as well as tips and suggestions for using the classroom board more effectively and efficiently. This book provides tips and suggestions to help language teachers use their classroom boards more effectively and efficiently. More than 130 activities for the board to help teachers both teach and assess their students are included. These activities will also provide opportunities for students, whatever their age or level of competency, to learn and practice specific lexical, phonetic, or grammatical items; attain increased fluency in their writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills; teach and learn from their peers; practice self-assessment; get to know each other and other cultures better; and have fun during the learning process.

Discussions that Work: Task-centred Fluency Practice
by Penny Ur

Cambridge University Press

How can you make a discussion really work? What sort of activities produce genuine and enthusiastic exchanges of ideas? How can you prepare such exercises quickly and easily? These are some of the questions that Discussions that Work sets out to answer.

Provides guidelines on organizing successful task-centred activities. Gives fifty practical examples which have been tried and found effective in the classroom. Includes simple to complex and sophisticated, and can be used with a wide range of learners, from elementary to the most advanced, in both secondary and adult education.

“...has a wealth of practical ideas which can be used in the classroom tomorrow.” Wendy Scott, Practical English Teaching

Learner English by Swan and Smith (CUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0521779395

This updated edition is a practical reference guide which compares the relevant features of a student's own language with English, helping teachers to predict and understand the problems their students have.

Learner English has chapters focusing on major problems of pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and other errors as well as new chapters covering Korean, Malay/Indonesian and Polish language backgrounds. 'This book ought to be read by all teachers of English but especially those who work with multi-lingual classes where it is a constant challenge to discover the fundamental reasons behind students' errors.' British Council Network News

Role Play
by Gillian Porter Ladousse
Series Editor: Alan Maley.

Oxford University Press

This useful reference book gives guidance on the use of role play to develop fluency and to train students to deal with the unpredictable nature of language.

It helps to provide a focal point in lessons integrating the four skills, while giving experienced teachers fresh ideas, and less experienced teachers lots of practical support.


Grammar for English Language Teachers
by Martin Parrott

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Winner of the English-Speaking Union Duke of Edinburgh's English Language Award.

This book is a comprehensive and practical guide that will be indispensible to trainee teachers and more experienced teachers throughout their careers.


Sound Foundations
by Adrian Underhill

Macmillan ELT

This detailed book on phonology is divided into two main sections.

The first section shows the reader how sounds are physically made.

The second section shows how to teach students these sounds.

The approach of this book makes learning phonology a physical, visual, auditory and creative experience which for most students is more effective and more enjoyable.

Discussions A-Z Intermediate: A Resource Book of Speaking Activities
by Adrian Wallwork.

Cambridge University Press

Discussions A-Z Intermediate is a photocopiable resource book of speaking activities designed to encourage lively, natural discussion among intermediate students.

Providing a refreshing perspective on many common themes the material consists of 26 topic-based units, each filled with a variety of stimulating activities. The units contain authentic reading and listening texts intended to be used as stimulus for discussion. The accompanying cassette provides a wide range of native speaker accents.

The teacher's pages provide clear instructions for each activity, as well as providing a wealth of background information on each topic, keys to the activities, complete tapescripts and suggestions for discussion-based writing activities. The material is designed to be flexible and free-standing: activities can either be used as the basis for a discussion course or dipped into in or out of sequence.

Teaching Large Multilevel Classes by Hess (CUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0521667852

This book provides practical advice for teachers who work with large, mixed-ability classes.

It offers a wide variety of activities to develop student motivation, interest, participation and responsibility.

The Q Book by Morgan and Rinvolucri (ELB Publishing)

ISBN-13: 978-0582796065

The Q Book is a teacher's resource book in which the use of questions is central.

The emphasis is on real communication, and students learn to use the foreign language naturally.

The material consists of lesson plans suitable for students of English from post-beginner to advanced level.

Lessons from Nothing: Activities for Language Teaching with Limited Time and Resources
by Bruce Marsland, University of Jyvskyl, Finland

Cambridge University Press

Lessons from Nothing is an invaluable resource for busy teachers everywhere who are looking for easy-to-use activities which do not require extensive facilities or preparation. It is a practical sourcebook of around 70 language teaching activities which encourage interaction and co-operation in the classroom.

Special features: * activities for immediate use * activities for all ages and levels * clear presentation * no photocopying required

Language Activities for Teenagers by Lindstromberg (CUP)

ISBN-13: 978-0521541930

Here are 99 enjoyable activities, for 11-16 year olds, to coax, cajole and tempt them into learning English.

The authors, drawing on their own vast experience, share ideas on maintaining discipline, using ice-breakers, warmers, fillers, developing vocabulary and using literature.

Games for Language Learning
by Andrew Wright, David Betteridge, Michael Buckby

Cambridge University Press.

Games provide meaningful and enjoyable language practice at all levels and for all age groups. They can be used to practise any of the skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing - at any stage of the learning process, from controlled repetition through guided practice to free expression.

To enable teachers to select the activities most suitable for their needs, precise information is provided, both at the beginning of each game and in the summary chart, about the language content, the skills to be practised, the level, the degree of teacher-control, and the time and materials required. Clear advice is given on preparation and classroom procedure, with many illustrations and examples.

From Experience to Knowledge in ELT by Edge and Garton (OUP)

This book supports teachers of English who may have experience of teaching but lack formal training, so that they can better understand what they have already learned through their practice. They can then use that new understanding to develop their teaching. Using short extracts from published course books as examples, it offers the teacher reliable procedures and alternatives, as well as ways of thinking about developing a personal teaching style.

Learner-based Teaching
by Colin Campbell and Hanna Kryszewska

Series Editor: Alan Maley. Oxford University Press

The book provides seventy language practice activities which use the wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise that learners bring with them to the classroom.

The activities can be used to supplement a coursebook or to form the basis of an entire teaching programme.

The areas covered include grammar, vocabulary, and examination practice. Teachers working in conditions where there is limited access to published materials will find the book especially helpful.