The Best English Teaching Books

I use many different kinds of English teaching books and materials to teach my ESL classes. I don't rely on just books alone. Usually for beginners, though, I find grammar books indispensable.

But for intermediate and advanced classes I rely not only on books but on magazine articles, newspaper stories and pieces from the opinion page and also compile topics for discussion.

If you are going to teach overseas I would buy several of these English teaching books and bring them with you. They make not only great teaching materials but also great resources.

I've used every one of these books some more than others. The Grammar in Use books I use almost daily. I have found them to be superior to other similar ESL books.

These "...in Use" books are simple English teaching books to follow. There are very clearly laid out and very comprehensive. You can't go wrong with these books. And students like them too!

The best way to find good bargains on these English teaching books is to google them by using the search tool below.


Best English Teaching Books Beginner

Best English Teaching Books Intermediate

Best English Teaching Books Advanced

Best TOEFL Books

Below are some excellent books and tapes that you as an ESL teacher will find very helpful and invaluable.

Below are some excellent books and tapes that you as an ESL teacher will find very helpful and invaluable.

How to Teach in Japan Handbook by Craig Desorcy

Even if you are not thinking of teaching English in Japan this ebook is full of great, useful information whether you are a freelancer or teach English at a school. And it's ESPECIALLY valuable for the freelancer.

Desorcy makes an excellent income using these techniques and he shows you how you can too. This is information you will find nowhere else. I highly recommend this ebook.




Attracting Perfect Customers, book - for ESL teacherAttracting Perfect Customers: The Power of Strategic Synchronicity by Stacey Hall, Jan Brogniez

I use this as a guideline to discovering the qualities of my perfect students, what makes them tick and what they expect of me. This helps me become a better more responsible and conscientious teacher.

I have the vision of my perfect student and what they expect of me on a piece of paper tucked into the notebook binder I carry into every class.

I take it out occasionally and look it over. It helps me keep focus on what I'm doing and why I'm doing it.

This is an enlightening, eye-opening book that I highly recommend.




Speak French w/ Michel Thomas, CDs - for ESL teachersSpeak French with Michel Thomas by Michel Thomas

This is a program of two CDs that provides an introduction to French. I used this before I took a recent trip to France and found that I could put sentences together and actually ask for things.

I'm recommending this CD not for the purpose of learning French (although it doesn't hurt to get exposed to other languages) but to listen to and perhaps benefit from Mr. Thomas' teaching style.

Although English is his second language he teaches in English and has been teaching others how to speak Spanish, French, German and other languages for over 50 years using his own inimitable style. He's firm and forceful yet very encouraging and supportive of his students. I actually use some of his techniques in my own teaching.

(He actually has a longer more complete CD program that will have you speaking the language in a short period of time.)


ENVoY, NLP book - for ESL teachersENVoY by Michael Grinder

This book, about NLP and classroom management, is a collection of 31 nonverbal management skills which foster a win-win atmosphere in the classroom.

You will learn how to: get the class's attention quicker; employ transitions effectively; increase concentration and productivity during seatwork; have more energy both during the school day and at home; and positively influence the single most powerful leverage point in education -- the teacher/student relationship.



There are a lot of English teaching books out there for teaching ESL. Some are great and some not so great. What I look for are books that are easy for the teacher and student to follow and lend themselves for great classroom implementation and discussion.

I'll update thess pages as I come across new books pertaining to teaching, as well as teaching ESL specifically, that I think are excellent.


Best English Teaching Books Beginner

Best English Teaching Books Intermediate

Best English Teaching Books Advanced

Best TOEFL Books








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