We have all been there… Sitting in class with a pile of new books that cost a fortune to buy, wondering if we would ever use them! Now you are starting to improve your English with ESL (English as a Second Language) or EFL (English as a Foreign Language) classes. And good news—this time around, the materials can be more cost effective! Perhaps your English Teacher has recommended books, but you want more… You also want to see if those materials are the best out there. We put together a pretty good list of some of the books you might want to look at with your teacher as you get started improving your English.
First off, you need to decide whether you will be using primarily digital or more traditional materials. Do you own a Kindle? If not, you might want to look into it! There are a few reasons, but it mainly comes down to price and convenience of portability. It is much easier to carry around a Kindle Paperwhite (that’s my favorite) than five or six books at once… And any Kindle device can carry hundreds of books at a given moment!
Many of our students start with one of these two focuses: Grammar or Vocabulary
Learning Grammar is key in any student’s path to improving their communication skills. Without confidence in knowing the correct structure of a sentence, a student of English will never progress to their full capability.
501 English Verbs comes with an enclosed CD-ROM that offers valuable practice exercises in verb conjugation and a concise grammar review. The book presents the most common regular and irregular English verbs alphabetically arranged in table form, one verb per page, and completely conjugated in all tenses. The book also reviews rules of grammar applicable to verb usage, provides a list of hundreds more regular verbs, offers tips on idiomatic verb usage, lists 550 problem verbs with their principal parts, and presents an index to the verbs that includes their irregular forms.
English Grammar For Beginners: While keeping the same basic approach and materials as in earlier editions, the fourth edition continues to build on the foundation of understanding form and meaning by engaging students in meaningful communication about real actions, real things, and their own lives in classroom context.
English Grammar For Intermediate: A classic developmental skills text for lower-intermediate and intermediate English language learners, Fundamentals of English Grammar is a comprehensive reference grammar as well as a stimulating and teachable classroom text. While keeping the same basic approach and material as in earlier editions, the fourth edition more fully develops communicative and interactive language-learning activities.
English Grammar For Intermediate to Advanced: English, Understanding and Using English Grammar is a comprehensive reference grammar as well as a stimulating and teachable classroom text.
Whether Grammar or Vocabulary is the jumping off point for learning a language, no one will argue that vocabulary is irrelevant. In the English language, vocabulary can be one of the largest milestones, as there are so many homophones, nuances and phrases that can throw a student off course.
Essential Vocabulary: This updated vocabulary-building book presents the essential core of words that students at middle-school and higher levels must know and be able to use fluently for academic success. These words also constitute essential vocabulary for ESL students and test-takers, as well as others who speak English as their second language.
Vocabulary for Beginners: A three-level vocabulary series for both self-study and classroom use. Now with a revised edition for each level, this best-selling series has been fully updated to give students the support they need to master more than 7,000 words and phrases in American English.
Vocabulary for Intermediate: A three-level vocabulary series for both self-study and classroom use. Now with a revised edition for each level, this best-selling series has been fully updated to give students the support they need to master more than 7,000 words and phrases in American English.
Vocabulary for Advanced: A three-level vocabulary series for both self-study and classroom use. Now with a revised edition for each level, this best-selling series has been fully updated to give students the support they need to master more than 7,000 words and phrases in American English.
One of my favorite things to do is to go online and read other people’s reviews. I have included the link to these reviews of these books in this article. Go ahead and take a look and please leave some feedback as well of your favorite ESL/EFL books to use.
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