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Recommended books for CELTA

These books are on our recommended reading list to help with CELTA applications, during the course and as part of a core reference library for English language teachers.

Learning Teaching by Jim Scrivener

Learning Teaching

Jim Scrivener – Read an interview with the author

“Learning Teaching” has been one of the most successful guides to English since it was first published in 1994. Its no-nonsense approach has made it a superb teaching textbook for initial training courses, and also an essential handbook for practising ELT teachers. The third edition has been extensively revised and restructured to take recent developments in ELT into account and now includes a DVD featuring a full lesson being taught as well as demonstrations of practical teaching techniques.

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A Concise Grammar for English Teachers by Tony Penston

A Concise Grammar for English Teachers

Tony Penston – Read an Interview with the Author

I used Tony Penston’s book when I was learning how to teach English as a Foreign Language. I found it really useful then and I still carry it with me for all teaching assignments – and I regularly refer to it for some grammatical point or other. It’s easy to find what you want and nice and concise! It gets straight to the point. Apparently he’s even got a sense of humour too, rarely seen in a grammarian, and a relief to this user. This really good book is useful for all teaching levels. Great value too. I do not hesitate to recommend it to all English language teachers. – John Osman 5/5

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Practical English Usage by Michael Swan

Practical English Usage

Michael Swan – Read an Interview with the Author

As I was preparing to take the TEFL course to teach abroad and inquiring about the different books that the school was suggesting, I was told simply by my son who is also a teacher and the statement was confirmed by both my instructors, “just buy Swan, it’s the bible and it’s all you need”. Practical English Usage is just that. For whatever reason Michael Swan decided to write this book, we are forever grateful. – Margaret M. Frye 5/5

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Buy The Practice of English Language by Jeremy Harmer Online

The Practice of English Language Teaching

Jeremy Harmer- Read an Interview with the Author

The highly acclaimed Practice of English Language Teaching is the essential guide for teachers of English in a wide range of contexts. The fifth edition has been revised to reflect new developments in language teaching. It explains current pedagogy to teachers who want to access the most relevant ELT practices and incorporate them into their lessons.

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How to Teach Grammar by Scott Thornbury

How to Teach Grammar

Scott Thornbury- Read an Interview with the Author

I think this book is a must-have. It is systematic and at the end of each section there is a conclusion, like a wrap-up. As much information as you can get on the internet there is nothing like having a book of this kind in your hands as a ready-reckoner. I use this book in my own home school; its a good book.

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Grammar for English Teachers by Martin Parrott

Grammar for English Teachers

Martin Parrott

An invaluable resource helping teachers at all levels of experience to develop their understanding of English grammar. Grammar for English Language Teachers is designed to help practising and trainee teachers to develop their knowledge of English grammar systems. It encourages teachers to appreciate factors that affect grammatical choices, and evaluates the ‘rules of thumb’ presented to learners in course materials. Consolidation exercises provide an opportunity for teachers to test these rules against real language use and to evaluate classroom and reference materials.

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Teaching Tenses by Rosemary Aitken

Teaching Tenses

Rosemary Aitken

Teaching Tenses is a teacher’s resource book with ideas for presenting tenses and verb patterns clearly and in a meaningful context. It is an ideal resource for new teachers who need to build their language awareness and practical guidance in how to teach grammar. Each section of Teaching Tenses consists of a comprehensive analysis of form and function, suggestions for presentation and practice of structures in context and a review of common learner errors. Teaching Tenses also contains a resource bank of photocopiable material for practicing structures in the classroom.

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How English Works by Michael Swan and Catherine Walter

How English Works

Michael Swan and Catherine Walter

I easily get bored when i read english grammar books, but with this book grammar become more enjoying and easy to understand. Before going through grammar lessons you can test your grammar by questions and know your weak points. You can use it as starter book for english grammar and as reference. It is very clear, simple, readable and contains some colorful cartoons. With each topic there is tasks and excercises. I highly recommend it for intermediate students.

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Essential Phonetics by Tony Penston

Essential Phonetics for English Language Teachers

Tony Penston – Read an Interview with the Author

Essential Phonetics is a great book. It is very comprehensive and concise at the same time. It deals with pronunciation problems we always face in multicultural classes, and gives us teachers easy, straightforward phonetic input, enabling us to help our students. The illustrations are very helpful, showing how to produce particularly difficult sounds. Essential Phonetics is a short guide that even busy teachers can manage to read. I strongly recommend this book for both experienced teachers and trainees. Every English language teacher should have it. – Rafaela Bepe 5/5

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The Ultimate Guide to CELTA by Emma Jones & Amanda Momeni

The Ultimate Guide to CELTA

Emma Jones & Amanda Momeni – Read an Interview with the Authors

With only 1% of CELTA course participants worldwide failing the course, you would be forgiven for thinking it was just a case of enrolling. However, a quick internet search about the intensity of the course will show that it is not to be taken lightly. Follow Anxious Annie, Chilled-out Charlie, Fastidious Felicity and Harassed Henry through their course and let them help you to make sure yours is one you can look back on fondly. The Ultimate Guide to CELTA includes: – Advice on how to make sure you are offered a place on a course – Background information covering all aspects of the CELTA course – Tips on how to ensure you get the most from your course – Checklists to refer to during your course – Trainees’ diary entries

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Recommended Books for Young Learners Courses

Young Learners by Sarah Phillips

Young Learners

Sarah Phillips

‘A necessary addition to the library of every teacher of young learners.’ – IATEFL Young Learners SIG Newsletter

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Teaching Languages to Young Learners by Lynne Cameron

Teaching Languages to Young Learners

Lynne Cameron

Recent years have seen rapid growth in the numbers of children being taught foreign languages at younger ages. While course books aimed at young learners are appearing on the market, there is scant theoretical reference in the teacher education literature. Teaching Languages to Young Learners is one of the few to develop readers’ understanding of what happens in classrooms where children are being taught a foreign language. It will offer teachers and trainers a coherent theoretical framework to structure thinking about children’s language learning

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Teaching Children English by David Vale with Anne Feunteun

Teaching Children English

David Vale with Anne Feunteun

Teaching Children English focuses on an activity-based approach to teaching young learners aged seven years and over. It examines the educational and linguistic needs of children and provides an overview of appropriate classroom techniques. It highlights the importance of effective classroom management and organisation and supports teachers in the management of classroom resources. It provides extensive practice in lesson planning in terms of language aims

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Recommended Books for Delta Courses

Beyond the Sentence by Scott Thornbury

Beyond the Sentence

Scott Thornbury- Read an Interview with the Author

How do we design sentences to fit their purposes and how do we combine them to communicate complex, contextualized meanings? This work takes discourse apart to show how it is organized and how it aids communication.

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Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching by Richards, Jack C., Rodgers, and Theodore S.

Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching

Richards, Jack C., Rodgers, and Theodore S

This second edition is an extensive revision of this successful text. Like the first edition, it surveys the major approaches and methods in language teaching, such as grammar translation, audiolingualism, communicative language teaching, and the natural approach. The text examines each approach and method in terms of its theory of language and language learning, goals, syllabus, teaching activities, teacher and learner roles, materials, and classroom techniques.

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About Language by Scott Thornbury

About Language

Scott Thornbury- Read an Interview with the Author

“I would have given my right arm for this book when I first entered the world of EFL. There are plenty of books that discuss what and how we should teach, and we seem to be swimming in books on grammar . What we don’t have, however, are books designed to ease the novice teacher into the intimidating world of EFL ‘grammarese’. About Language fill this gap. It is about the tools of our job: syllabuses, rules, functions, notions texts, phonology, morphology, sentences, grammar, cohesion, conversation and more.”

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How Languages Are Learned by Patsy M Lightbrown and Nina Spada

How Languages are Learned

Patsy M Lightbrown and Nina Spada

This thoroughly updated third edition presents the main theories of language acquisition, considering their bearing on language teaching. It discusses the effects of factors such as intelligence, personality, and age. It helps teachers assess the merits of different methods and textbooks.

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Language Learning Strategies by Rebecca L.Oxford

Learning Languages Strategies

Rebecca L.Oxford

Based on current research, this text provides ESL/EFL and foreign language teachers with practical recommendations for developing their students’ second language learning strategies. Detailed suggestions for strategy use in each of the four language skills are included as well as case studies and models for setting up similar programs.

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