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Best ESL Books
For Advanced Students

Here are several books I recommend for the advanced student. I selected these because they are comprehensive and easy to use. And best of all students like them.

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Advanced Grammar in Use, book -for ESL teachersAdvanced Grammar in Use With Answers by Martin Hewings

The book provides coverage of those language areas advanced-level students will find most rewarding to study. The book retains the clarity of presentation of other books in the 'in Use' family.

A study guide helps students find those areas most appropriate for their study. Grammar areas are cross-referenced throughout the book. There are useful appendices dealing with verb forms, and a glossary and all answers are given at the back of the book.

Of course, it is always important that the ESL student be constantly increasing his/her vocabulary. And a good vocabulary is the backbone to speaking English well. The following ESL books are indispensable to having your student become excellent at the language.

English Vocabulary in Use Adv., book - for ESL teachersEnglish Vocabulary in Use Advanced by Michael McCarthy

This new book in the successful English Vocabulary in Use series will bring students up to an advanced level knowledge of English. Over 2000 new words and expressions are presented.

Each unit provides valuable information for advanced level students about usage and there are clear explanations about subtle differences in meaning. Presents new words in context and shows learners how to use them. - Uses authentic texts. - Promotes good learning habits with learning tips and follow-up tasks.

Idiomatic expressions give English its color and vitality. They are indispensable to daily speech, newspapers and books, television and movies. It is just as important to teach idioms and slang as it is to teach grammar.

Idiomatic expressions and more formal grammar should be given equal time. The following two ESL books are the best I've found so far.

Idiomatic American English, book- for ESL teachersIdiomatic American English: A Step-By-Step Workbook for Learning Everyday American Expressions by Barbara K. Gaines

The lessons in this book are designed to teach the student the kind of informal, everyday speech commonly understood by all Americans, regardless of education.

This is one of the better ESL books for teaching idioms. It is one lesson per page with a brief dialogue. Examples and exercises are based around one theme.

However, almost all of the dialogues have a kind of negative flavor. Despite that I use this book a lot because of its excellent and convenient layout.

Idioms for Everyday Use, book - for ESL teachersIdioms for Everyday Use by Milada Broukal

This is an excellent book for teaching idioms. Each lesson uses idioms around a certain theme. For example, idioms using color such as "out of the blue" or "green with envy" are incorporated in a little story. This is followed by several pages of exercises and discussion.

I highly recommend this book. I used this exclusively when I taught one-on-one business English to executives from Daimler-Chrysler. It's fun, easy to follow and well-organized.

Ultimate Phrasal Verb, book - for ESL teachersThe Ultimate Phrasal Verb Book by Carl W. Hart

This book presents 400 common phrasal verbs and the ways in which they are used in everyday American English. Phrasal verbs are word groups that include a verb combined with a preposition or an adverb.

They are used not only as verbs but as nouns, such as comedown, breakup, or showoff. They might also be used as adjectives, such as spaced-out, burned-out, broken-down, and many others.

This volume places phrasal verbs within the context of sentences, and presents hundreds of examples and exercises.

1100 Words You Need to Know (1100 Words You Need to Know, 4th Ed) by Murray Bromberg
A Barron's bestseller for years, this edition includes a new section called Panorama of Words. In this feature, each of the 1100 words appears in a sentence selected from among well known novels, plays, poems, and even newspaper editorials and TV broadcasts.

The book is a vocabulary builder aimed directly at college-bound high school students, as well as college students who need extra vocabulary help.

Students will find word lists with definitions, analogy exercises, entertaining word games, and fascinating words-in-context exercises. This book is challenging for the student and the teacher will definitely find it edifying as well.

Best English Teaching Books Beginner

Best English Teaching Books Intermediate

Best English Teaching Books Advanced

Best TOEFL Books