91 Must-Read Books for TEFL Teachers

Reading ELT books is one of the best ways we can increase our subject knowledge as language teachers and to continue our commitment to continuous professional development. By reading authoritative ELT books, TEFL teachers grow as teachers and pick up the tools we need to teach better English classes and instigate improved language learning outcomes for our students.

We were asked by teachers if we could recommend some must-read books for TEFL teachers, books on how to lesson plan, books on teaching speaking, books on how to teach English, etc. We decided to ask the wider ELT community on social media to come up with a definitive list of must-read books for TEFL teachers, based upon the real experience of teachers who had read and used them. From this survey, we were able to come up with a list of 91 must-read books for TEFL teachers. You can download the PDF of ELT books, see the list below, or buy the books through the links provided. Any purchase you make through the affiliate links helps to support this website.


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How we came up with our list of 91 Must-Read Books for TEFL teachers?

We surveyed our followers on WeChat and Twitter and came up with a list of 91 Must-Read Books for TEFL Teachers. Many of these ELT books are absolute classics, with their names coming up again and again. Other of these must-read books for TEFL teachers represent fantastic, but relatively unknown future classics, which not many TEFL teachers know about but should. 

Altogether, they form a very strong list of books which professional TEFL teachers and schools should have in their personal library of teaching resources. We highly recommend that you add some of these must-read books for TEFL teachers to your library.


How the TEFL book list is divided

We've divided our List of 91 Must-Read Books for TEFL Teachers into sections to make it easier for you to navigate and to find books relevant for you. These are broken up into sections on vocabulary teaching, grammar teaching, skills approaches, lesson planning, language games and activities, etc. We hope that TEFL teachers find these books indispensable for their library.


The Full List of Must-Read TEFL Books for Teachers

  1. TEFL Teaching Skills Development
  2. How to Teach Children
  3. How to Teach Adults
  4. Second Language Acquisition (SLA)
  5. How to Teach Vocabulary
  6. How to Teach Grammar
  7. Better Classroom Management Skills
  8. General TEFL Teaching Activity Books
  9. How to Teach Speaking Skills
  10. How to Teach Reading Skills
  11. How to Lesson Plan Effectively
  12. How to Teach Listening Skills
  13. How to Teach Writing Skills
  14. How to Teach Pronunciation
  15. How to Teach Business English
  16. How to Integrate Technology into Language Teaching
  17. Assessment and Testing
  18. How to Teach English Online


How to buy and order these books?

We've included the Amazon links to these 91 Must-Read Books for TEFL Teachers so that you may buy them online. By buying these titles, you are also helping to support TEFL Lemon, too.

Simply click the title of the book, or picture of the front cover to go to Amazon to browse each book in full. In many cases, you can browse inside each book before deciding to buy. Good luck and we hope you like the list of 91 Must-Read Books for TEFL Teachers.


Also see our Toolkit of Resources for TEFL Teachers

As part of our TEFL Lemon Higher Certificate in TESOL course, we also recommend trainees to read particular books, ELT journals, web pages, blog posts, in addition to watching videos aimed at improving teaching knowledge and skills. You can find our recommendations to our TEFL trainees in our TEFL Lemon Teachers' Toolkit of Resources here.

Books for ELT Skills Development

  • These books here represent the 'bibles' for TEFL teaching skills development. Owning any one of these authoritative books will help you to understand how to teach better and give you more clarity when doing your job. This will lead to better language lessons.

Learning Teaching by Jim Scrivener


Learning Teaching by Jim Scrivener

Learning Teaching is one of the all-time greats and finds itself top in our list of 75 Must-Have TEFL Books for TEFL Teachers. 

An introductory guide for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It covers absolutely everything you need to know starting out on your career as a TEFL teacher. 

If you only have money for one book when starting your TEFL course or your first year in teaching, you won't go far wrong choosing Learning Teaching.


 Mixed-ability teaching by Edmund Dudley


Mixed-ability teaching by Edmund Dudley

Teaching mixed-ability classes is often an unavoidable challenge for language teachers. 

Some students learn languages more easily than others and proficiency levels will vary. 

So how do you plan one lesson to equally involve everyone? This book on Mixed-Ability Teaching gives you all you need to know.

 


Teaching Practice Handbook by Roger Gower, Diane Phillips


Teaching Practice Handbook by Roger Gower, Diane Phillips

This superb guidebook was written for trainee TEFL teachers who are planning and teaching their first classes on TEFL or TESOL training courses. 

Doing first teaching practice can be daunting for new teacher trainees. 

Avoid the horror stories you may have heard about in teaching practice fails with this all-in-one guidebook for excellent teaching practice.


What should every EFL teacher know? by Paul Nation


What should every EFL teacher know? by Paul Nation

Paul Nation has been teaching and teacher-training for over forty years. 

Many TEFL books are full of tricky jargon which may be hard to understand for new teachers. Nation avoids this in his jargon-free book which all TEFL teachers must-have. 

If you have any questions regarding teaching and teaching approaches, they are probably answered in What should every EFL teacher know?



Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems by Swan & Smith


Learner English: A Teacher's Guide to Interference and Other Problems by Swan & Smith

It can be difficult to put oneself into the learner's shoes. How does the learner feel whilst learning English and what problems does the learner experience? 

Learner English focuses on common learner problems in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and other common issues.



How to Teach English by Harmer


How to Teach English by Harmer

How to Teach English provides a practical and accessible introduction for trainee TEFL teachers. 

For those training, in the early stages of an ELT career, you'll find yourself going back to this must-read book time and time again.



Key Questions in Language Teaching by Benati, Smith, & Van Patten


Key Questions in Language Teaching by Benati, Smith, & Van Patten

If you had to ask key questions to learn as much as possible about English language teaching, what questions would you choose? 

Benati, Smith and Van Patten answer the key questions in language teaching using evidence-based answers and revealing new research into the areas professional language teachers seek to understand.



The Practice of English Language Teaching by J. Harmer

The Practice of English Language Teaching by J. Harmer

Current language teaching pedagogies are explored in Harmer's The Practice of English Language Teaching

By reading and following advice from this ground-breaking book, you'll find yourself a better TEFL teacher.



Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching by Richards and Rodgers


Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching by Richards and Rodgers

The 3rd Edition of Richards & Rodgers' Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching has been extensively edited and contains key additions to the 1986 classic. 

The authors investigate major concepts, approaches, and ideas in language teaching.



While We’re on the Topic by Bill van Patten


While We’re on the Topic by Bill van Patten

This book is written in an engaging conversational style, where van Patten considers the 'six principles underlying contemporary language teaching'. 

These are the nature of communication, the nature of language, how language is acquired, the roles of input and interaction, tasks and activities, and focus on grammar.



A Course in Language Teaching: Practice and Theory by Penny Ur


A Course in Language Teaching: Practice and Theory by Penny Ur

This classic has been completely redesigned to incorporate CLIL and digital technology in language teaching. 

This is a highly accessible book for teachers in many different contexts. 

Containing theory and practice, each unit encourages teachers to reflect on their practice, as well as offering action tasks for TEFL teachers.



Teaching English: How to Teach English as a Second Language by Mark Beales


Teaching English: How to Teach English as a Second Language by Mark Beales

Written by a real ESL teacher, giving real advice and anecdotes of what life is like for an ESL teacher abroad. 

Mark Beales shares advice on lesson planning which makes lessons sparkle, succeeding in job interviews, managing the classroom effectively, and overcoming culture shock.



Communicative Language Teaching in Action: Putting Principles to Work by Klaus Brandl


Communicative Language Teaching in Action: Putting Principles to Work by Klaus Brandl

This is a highly engaging and informative guide for ELT instructors who wish to explore new ideas and avenues into CLT. 

Readers are equipped with innovative and effective approaches to language teaching drawn from findings into second language acquisition, cognitive psychology, and brain science.



Teaching and Learning in the Language Classroom: A guide to current ideas about the theory and practice of English language teaching by Tricia Hedge


Teaching and Learning in the Language Classroom: A guide to current ideas about the theory and practice of English language teaching by Tricia Hedge

This is an essential book for TEFL teachers who wish to examine their teaching practice, and forward their teaching and professional development. 

A wonderful reference book for teachers, each unit is illustrated with examples of real course materials and follow-up activities.



About language: tasks for English language teachers by Scott Thornbury


About language: tasks for English language teachers by Scott Thornbury

This second edition is fully revised and updated. The book asks (and answers) "what is it a language teacher needs to know to be able to teach English effectively?" 

The book asks teachers to develop language awareness and to consider the pedagogical implications of how we teach.



Teach EFL by David Riddell

Teach EFL by David Riddell 

Teach EFL is an all-time classic and has all the questions new TEFL teachers ask (and the answers to these questions!) 

Being a new TEFL teacher in training or in the first year of the job can be daunting, but this book will help to set you straight and will alleviate the fears of those planning to Teach EFL.



The TKT Course (Modules 1-3) by Mary Spratt


The TKT Course (Modules 1-3) by Mary Spratt

This book is for those teachers who are taking the TKT (Teacher Knowledge Test) by Cambridge ESOL. It contains all you need to know about the course, the content, structure, and the key principles you need to know to pass the course. 

If you are serious about your professional development and wish to ace this course, then this is a must-read book for you. It gives a comprehensive resource for TKT candidates and teachers on their initial teacher training.



Teaching Unplugged: Dogme in English Language Teaching by Luke Meddings and Scott Thornbury


Teaching Unplugged: Dogme in English Language Teaching by Luke Meddings and Scott Thornbury

This award-winning book is the first of its kind to investigate Dogme in English Language Teaching. 

It challenges us to look at the way we teach English and how we look at ourselves as English teachers.



Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching (Third Edition): Practical, step-by-step guidance for ESL teachers, and thought-provoking questions to stimulate further exploration by D. Larsen-Freeman


Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching (Third Edition)

Practical, step-by-step guidance for ESL teachers, and thought-provoking questions to stimulate further exploration by D. Larsen-Freeman.

This is one of the best-selling introductory guides for TEFL teachers, describing different methods and approaches to EFL teaching.



An A-Z of ELT by Thornbury


An A-Z of ELT by Thornbury

A tricky issue for many new teachers (for me anyway!) was learning all of the terminology and jargon within TEFL teaching. 

Syntax, modal verbs, conjunctions, present perfect, it was all mumbo jumbo to me and I couldn't make sense of it. 

An A-Z of ELT explains everything you need to know with clear, easy-to-follow examples to solve the headache of all the terminology TEFL teachers need to know.



Reflective Teaching Practice in English Language Teaching by Mann & Walsh


Reflective Teaching Practice in English Language Teaching by Mann & Walsh

Reflective teaching practice is essential for all English language teachers (or at least we advocate it to be!) 

In reflective teaching, we look back on how our lessons went and consider what went well, what didn't go quite as planned, and what our role as educators was in that process. 

Reflective Teaching Practice in English Language Teaching how to reflect on our teaching using data, dialogue, and appropriate tools which supports and stimulates continuous professional development.



Must Read Books for Teaching Children

  • Teaching children is magical and thoroughly rewarding. However, it is possible to make a mess of things without adequate ideas and structure. Here is our list of must read books for TEFL teachers of young learners.

The BIG Book of Classroom Warmers and Games for Kids by Stuart Allen
The BIG Book of Classroom Warmers and Games for Kids
 by Stuart Allen

The BIG Book of Classroom Warmers and Games contains 80 games and warmers that TEFL teachers can use in their classes. 

The printable ebook has a lovely mix of board games for the whiteboard or EWB, as well as line games, pair games, group games, and whole-class ESL games. 

Whichever topic you are currently on, these games have been written so you can simply switch out vocabulary or sentence structures for new ones, so these are universal. 

The most awesome thing of all is that this book was written by Stuart Allen at TEFL lemon, who also wrote our 18o-Hour Higher Certificate of TESOL course

If you loved this course and the unique artistic design of the pages in the TESOL course, then this ESL game book will not disappoint. You can find other free TEFL games by TEFL lemon here.


Teaching Children English as an Additional Language: A Programme for 7-11 Year-Olds by Caroline Scott


Teaching Children English as an Additional Language: A Programme for 7-11 Year-Olds by Caroline Scott

Teaching English as an Additional Language focuses mainly on children who find themselves in an English-speaking classroom with English-speaking classmates in an English-speaking country, but who use a different language once they go home after school. 

It can be difficult and daunting for these children to go to school and always playing 'catch up' with the others. 

Teaching Children English as an Additional Language includes all the key skills and language that 7-11 year-olds need to know. It is a ten-week programme to bring children up to speed in EAL.


ESL Worksheets and Activities for Kids by Miryung Pitts


ESL Worksheets and Activities for Kids by Miryung Pitts

Mercifully photocopier friendly for the busy ESL teacher, this book offers printable worksheets and activities for your ESL and EFL classes. 

All the common topics are covered including, shapes, colours, verbs, adjectives, feelings, family, animals, places, things in the school, clothes, etc. 

This book is a real life saver and you'll be returning to this book (your colleagues will want copies too!) for your ESL kids classes for many years.




Teaching Toddlers English (ESL, EFL): How to teach two-year-old children English as a Second or Foreign Language by Shelley Vernon


Teaching Toddlers English (ESL, EFL): How to teach two-year-old children English as a Second or Foreign Language by Shelley Vernon

Teaching English to toddlers is a growing market, with many parents looking to have their child learning English during their formative years. 

Children have been shown to learn English exceptionally well before the age of five, so ESL and EFL classes for teaching toddlers are becoming more and more prevalent. 

Teaching Toddlers English comes in the form of the very best tips and tricks from 250 TEFL teachers who regularly teach English to toddlers. 

This is a highly useful and motivating book for TEFL teachers who teach English toddlers or in a kindergarten setting.



Children Learning English by Jayne Moon. The Teacher Development Series


Children Learning English by Jayne Moon. The Teacher Development Series

Every page in this essential book guides and inspires teachers. 

Jayne Moon uses her decades of young learner experience to help TEFL teachers allow children to dazzle and shine in the classroom and play a major role in developing the English language skills of children. 

Children Learning English is a must-read for all TEFL teachers who work daily with children. 

This is a practical handbook with tons of suggestions teachers can use when teaching children English.



Storytelling with Children (2nd Edition) by Andrew Wright


Storytelling with Children (2nd Edition) by Andrew Wright

Storytelling and being read stories is one of the magical memories all adults have when looking back on childhood. 

Stories allow the child to journey to places of magic, fantasy, mystery, and make-believe. They are also places where a child's imagination can be nurtured, grown, and allowed to soar. 

Storytelling with children is also a fantastic way to teach children English, to increase their vocabulary, implicitly improve grammar skills, increase listening and comprehension, as well have allowing meaningful circle time in your classes. 

The 2nd Edition of Storytelling with Children is updated, with many new stories, ideas, and approaches to telling stories to children. 



Very Young Learners (Resource Books for Teachers) by Vanessa Riley


Very Young Learners (Resource Books for Teachers) by Vanessa Riley

Oxford University Press (OUP) is one of the top publishing houses for ELT books in the world. 

Very Young Learners by OUP is for teachers who teach pre-school-aged children daily. This book was shortlisted by the Frank Bell Prize and the Ben Warren Prize. 

It is full of research-informed approaches to teaching very young children, with appropriate songs, craft ideas, advice, stories, drama, and games. 

If you teach English to very young learners, then this book should be on your list of must-have books.



Activities for Very Young Learners Book with Online Resources by Puchta & Elliott


Activities for Very Young Learners Book with Online Resources by Puchta & Elliott

If you are a trainee TEFL teacher looking to go into a career of teaching English to very young learners, or a practicing teacher currently teaching very young learners, then this book is for you. 

It contains over 75 winning very young learner ideas to engage your children in imaginative and magical ways. 

Bringing many years of teaching experience with very young children, Puchta and Elliott have created a book that helps to put forward their educational vision to create a fantastic and productive learning atmosphere for your classroom. 

Activities for Very Young Learners is divided into eight clear chapters including: arts, crafts and displays; class routines and classroom management; stories and storytelling;  exploring the world; movement and games; songs, chants and rhymes for topics; thinking-based activities; pronunciation and early literacy.



Teaching adults

  • Adult EFL learners (we'll also include teen learners here) enjoy practicing speaking and having meaningful discussion practice. However, there are usually many different aims and goals for adult learners, such as work needs, travel, learning as a hobby or for entrance into university. These quality books will prepare TEFL teachers for how to teach teens and adults. Simply click on the link to buy.


39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Teenagers and Adults: 1 by Jackie Bolen

Getting your teen and adult ESL and EFL students is one of the main challenges for TEFL teachers. 

Some of the very best speaking activities are the ones with very little (or even none) prep time. 

39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities for Teenagers and Adults is a must-have for any TEFL teachers who regularly teaches older students and wants to get them speaking and laughing in the classroom.




How to Teach Adults: Plan Your Class, Teach Your Students, Change the World by Dan Spalding

This book is perfect for those doing initial teacher training or for TEFL teachers in their first few years in the classroom. 

Dan Spalding gives common-sense advice and tips for teachers teaching English to teens and adults in a highly reader-friendly way. 

You'll learn exactly how to plan lessons, best practices for managing the classroom,  how to build rapport with adult students, how to facilitate discussions, how to choose textbooks and give suggestions and so much more. 

You'll also learn what it takes to make sure that your adult students are learning and practicing all the skills they need to be proficient language learners. 

If you are teaching adults English, then this is a must-read book for TEFL teachers. Unit 9 on the TEFL lemon Higher Certificate in TESOL looks at sound strategies for teaching adults.




50 Conversation Classes: 50 sets of conversation questions with accompanying worksheets containing vocabulary, idioms and grammar activities by Andrew Berlin

The problem with many downloadable and free conversation questions for teen and adult classes is that they just provide the questions and it is up to the teacher to do the rest. 

This must-read book for TEFL teachers includes conversation cards, activity sheets, as well as the key idioms and sentence structures to make you awesome.



Second Language Acqusition

  • Second Language Acquisition (SLA) is the name of the second language we learn after our mother tongue has already been established. For a Chinese person learning English, Chinese would be their 1st language (L1) and English would be their 2nd Language (L2). Understanding the theories of SLA can help TEFL teachers appreciate the processes of acquiring language, which helps us be more professional, knowledgable and better language teachers.

Second Language Acquisition by S. Gass


Second Language Acquisition by S. Gass 

This updated book remains the cornerstone of work in the field of second language acquisition. 

The book is perfect for teachers and those with an interest in how second languages are acquired later in life after our mother tongue. 

Second Language Acquisition is also a must have for those who are studying their MA in TESOL or in Applied Linguistics. 

Clearly and concisely written by SLA expert Susan M. Gass.



Understanding Second Language Acquisition by Lourdes Ortega


Understanding Second Language Acquisition by Lourdes Ortega

When I was studying my MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, I had two textbooks on SLA. The first was Second Language Acquisition by Susan M. Gass and the second was Understanding Second Language Acquisition by Ortega. 

This invaluable book into SLA is ideal as a textbook for students of applied linguistics, foreign language education, TESOL, and education. 

It is also recommended for students of linguistics, developmental psycholinguistics, psychology, and cognitive science. The book includes chapter-by-chapter breakdowns, as well as great suggestions for further reading. 

Best of all, it assumes no prior knowledge of SLA, so is very readable and easy to follow.



Key Questions in Second Language Acquisition by Bill van Patten


Key Questions in Second Language Acquisition by Bill van Patten

Key Questions in Second Language Acquisition is written for language students with very little experience in linguistics. 

It provides an accessible and easy-to-follow introduction for those entering the field of linguistics or for teachers who want to deepen their knowledge of how additional languages are acquired.



How Languages are Learned by Lightbrown & Spada


How Languages are Learned by Lightbrown & Spada

One of the reasons that this book is so highly praised by TEFL teachers and linguists is because of the concise and easy-to-understand ways that it has been written. 

How Languages are Learned is divided into eight chapters which are: Language learning in early childhood, Second language learning (SLL), Individual differences in SLL, Explaining SLL, Observing learning and teaching in the SL classroom, SLL in the classroom, and popular ideas about language learning revisited. 

This book should be one of the first in any library for those interested in  second language acquisition.



Teaching vocabulary

  • Teaching vocabulary to EFL students helps them to be able to speak and write far more richly and creatively. Students are able to express themselves better and really say what they want to say. The problem is that it can be difficult to remember new words and language learners may forget the English vocabulary when they come to need it. These books on teaching vocabulary will help TEFL teachers to teach vocabulary effectively and allow learners to remember the words long-term.

Teaching Lexically by Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley


Teaching Lexically by Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley

Learning languages is often looked at through a grammatical lens. In Teaching Lexically, Dellar looks at what learning languages might look like through a lexical lens. 

Students are encouraged to integrate what they have already learned in class with new language, rather than seeing language as 'blocks to be completed'. 

Teaching Lexically is the ideal book to introduce teachers to the lexical approach.



Vocabulary Ninja: Mastering Vocabulary - Activities to Unlock the World of Words by Andrew Jennings


Vocabulary Ninja: Mastering Vocabulary - Activities to Unlock the World of Words by Andrew Jennings

From the Vocabulary Ninja blog comes this wonderful book in our list of Must-Read Books for TEFL Teachers. 

Mastering vocabulary and increasing a learner's ability to use more interesting and descriptive language when speaking is a key aim for most students. 

In buying this book, teachers will have a wider teaching repertoire of activities to teach vocabulary and unlock the world of words for students. 

Teaching vocabulary to our students and helping them master vocabulary has the power to ignite imagination and raise education standards in your school.



Teaching  Vocabulary: Strategies and Techniques by Nation


Teaching  Vocabulary: Strategies and Techniques by Nation

There are different ways we can teach our students vocabulary and some of these strategies and techniques for teaching vocabulary are better than others. 

Teaching Vocabulary: Strategies and Techniques examines vocab learning techniques informed on the latest research into teaching vocabulary, giving clear and concise classroom instructions for teaching vocabulary.



How to Teach Vocabulary by Thornbury


How to Teach Vocabulary by Thornbury

This is a practical guidebook that helps teachers understand how to guide learners to learn more vocabulary and gives strategies for working with vocabulary and increasing student vocabulary dramatically. 

Teachers will learn new and novel ways to teach vocabulary, as well as understand other developments in teaching vocabulary such as corpora and lexical approaches. 

How to Teach Vocabulary offers practical help for teachers with an interest in teaching vocabulary and seeing students be comfortable with a deeper and richer range of English language to express themselves in.



Implementing The Lexical Approach by Lewis


Implementing The Lexical Approach by Lewis

The Lexical Approach was put forward by Michael Lewis in the 90s. It looks at learning language by sorting it into 'chunks' of language commonly found together. 

It differs from other types of language teaching in which vocabulary is learned as separate entities and then tacked together by the learner, for example, 'open the door', instead of 'open + the + door'. 

Students can naturally recall and use these chunks of language in natural speech and conversation. This classic book is timeless in ELT and still as relevant today as it has ever been. 

The Lexical Approach is still often referred to by language teachers and linguists and is a major book in any good ELT reference library.



Teaching Grammar

  • Teaching grammar is essential in language lessons. Learning grammar as a child comes automatically and without effort. We just hear language around us and can speak in grammatically accurate sentences by the age of five. Learning grammar in a second language, and being able to speak in accurate sentences takes effort, and grammar must be taught explicitly. Without grammar lessons, learners will not be able to speak fluently or with accuracy. This books will help TEFL teachers to teach grammar in interesting and refreshing ways.

English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy


English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy

This must read book for TEFL teachers contains all of the grammar structures required for B1 and B2 learners on the CEFR (which is pretty much all of them!) 

The book is easy to follow for both teachers and students, which interesting exercises to help teachers and students to understand how each structure works. 

English Grammar in Use serves as a fantastic self-study guide for students or a go-to reference in the teachers' office to get your head around tricky grammar points with ease. 

The book also comes with an ebook copy, which includes audio exercises for use in the classroom or coffee shop.


 

Practical English Usage by Michael Swan

Practical English Usage by Michael Swan

If TEFL Lemon had to recommend three textbooks for trainee TEFL teachers, then this would probably make the Top 3. 

Practical English Usage has sold over two million copies worldwide and remains THE go to guidebook for all things grammar and language related. 

When I first trained as a TEFL teacher at the start of the millennium, we were asked to buy Practical English Usage by Swan. 

Over twenty years on, we recommend you do the same. Now in its 4th edition, the book has been expanded further with examples of language and clear explanations. 

With nearly 800 pages, this could be The Godfather of books for TEFL teachers doing their training. Indeed, even seasoned pros still find themselves dusting off their Swan Practical English Usage to help them out and review language.

 


How to Teach Grammar by Thornbury


How to Teach Grammar by Thornbury

Part of the highly acclaimed 'How to .....' series, How to Teach Grammar by Thornbury looks at how to teach grammar in both inductive and deductive ways. 

Teaching grammar is essential for all teachers, as it gives learners confidence to speak and use English accurately. 

Some TEFL teachers are daunted by the thought of teaching grammar, but this book navigates teachers successfully with interesting activities and ways of teaching grammar. 

The book also looks at using grammar within tasks and how to do error correction in grammar lessons. 

A practical grammar book for good teachers.

 


Grammar Games: Cognitive, Affective And Drama Activities For Efl Students by Mario Rinvolucri

Grammar Games: Cognitive, Affective And Drama Activities For Efl Students by Mario Rinvolucri

As we have seen, teaching grammar in EFL classes is essential. It is important for students to regularly practice grammatical structures to raise spoken fluency and accuracy. 

Practicing grammar also helps with good writing. However, it can be difficult to think up of interesting, relevant and meaningful activities which practice particular grammatical structures. 

Grammar Games by Rinvolucri offers a range of games and drama activities devoted to particular grammar structures. 

Your students will practice grammar in interesting and innovative ways from these exercises and soon be speaking English with far higher levels of accuracy, confidence and proficiency.

 


A Student’s Introduction to English Grammar by Huddlestone, Pullum and Reynolds

A Student’s Introduction to English Grammar by Huddlestone, Pullum and Reynolds  

This is a modern grammar book for the modern TEFL teacher. 

This is a highly readable must read book for TEFL teachers is super easy to follow, something which previous grammar books have often failed upon. 

A Student's Introduction to Grammar is intended for TEFL teachers, trainees or linguistics students, who have had no previous formal introductions to grammar before. 

The whole book has been carefully and smartly re-written in a conversational style making it easy for  teachers to follow and use. 

Overly technical terminology has been purposely removed making this the common-sense grammar book choice for teachers who want to be grammar experts but are only taking their first steps.

 


Grammar for English Language Teachers by M. Parrott

Grammar for English Language Teachers by M. Parrott

This is the #1 Best Seller in English resource books for teachers on Amazon. 

It is a full reference guide for both experienced and trainee TEFL teachers, full of grammar explanations, exercises and answer keys. 

The easy-to-follow exercises allow teachers to understand how grammar works, so that you can transfer this knowledge to your students through confident teaching full to the brim with grammar knowhow. 

This is the #1 best seller for a reason; make Grammar for English Language Teachers next on your shopping list, too. 

The importance of teaching grammar and how to teach grammar is in Unit 3 of the TEFL Lemon Higher Certificate in TESOL course.



Teaching English Grammar: What to teach and how to teach it by Schrivener


Teaching English Grammar: What to teach and how to teach it by Schrivener

Schrivener combines a full and comprehensive grammar reference with practical teaching tips in Teaching English Grammar

Just as the title says, this is a must read book for TEFL teachers who seek to understand what grammar to teach and how to teach it.  

The book helps teachers to understands the specifics of each grammar point and how to teach it. 

You'll find Teaching English Grammar on the shelves of most TEFL training centres for trainees to pull off the shelf to refer to. 

It even has a nautilus shell on the front of the book and you can't get much more awesome than that!





Professional Development and Classroom Management

  • Without continuous professional development (CPD), it is possible for TEFL teachers to stand still and stagnate. Working life feels boring and every class is the same. Forwarding our professional development and working on classroom management keeps us evolving and improving as language teachers. These books will help you make great strides in your CPD and classroom management.

Classroom Community Builders by Burns


Classroom Community Builders by Burns

Building community in the classroom is one of the most important, but neglected, roles of any TEFL teacher. 

So often, teachers report that classes are disruptive, that students don't listen, and that too much time is spent trying to get students to settle down. This time could be much better spent actually teaching language. 

One of the very best ways a teacher can avoid these common problems is by investing time and energy into building classroom community. 

Classroom Community Builders advocates classrooms which provide safe and supported learning spaces for students, where learners can thrive and grow. 

The book contains 50 specially written activities which foster a community spirit of togetherness and trust. 

Classroom Community Builders will help you turn your classroom into a place where students want to be, want to learn and want to help each other, giving you the time to help them produce better language results (and have no far less headaches along the way!)

 


Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice by Maynard & Weinstein


Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice by Maynard & Weinstein

This book offers a new blueprint for positive behaviour systems, where traditional discipline and punishment are replaced with empathy, care and understanding. Sound impossible? Perhaps not! 

Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility encourages teachers to look at classroom management in a different way. 

This books teaches you how to incorporate restorative practices to make students feel better about themselves and helps the teachers to recognise and identify the true cause of the negative behaviours that lead to disruption. 

Using real world examples, Maynard & Weinstein give methods and techniques to help build empathy and care in your classroom and banish indiscipline and disrespect for good.

 


Teacher Education and Professional Development in TESOL: Global Perspectives (Global Research on Teaching and Learning English) by Crandall and Christison


Teacher Education and Professional Development in TESOL: Global Perspectives (Global Research on Teaching and Learning English) by Crandall and Christison

This full-volume edited book on Professional Development represents the apex in the field of CPD in TESOL. 

The chapters in this book are organised around three central themes: teacher identity in ESL/EFL teacher education and professional development programs, second language teacher education programs for diverse contexts, and professional development for diverse contexts. 

Teacher Education and Professional Development in TESOL looks at the latest research into continuous professional development and its implications. 

This is a must have for teachers interest in professional development within the fields of ELT and wider education.

The importance of Continuous Professional Development is looked at in Unit 18 of our Higher Certificate of TESOL.

 



Take control of a noisy class: Chaos to Calm in 15 seconds by Robert Plevin

Drained and worn out by disruption, disobedience, and defiance? Does the thought of facing some groups fill you with utter dread?  

Robert Plevin is a teacher who has drawn on his own past experience of not being able to effectively control a class, but then finding strategies that work to create this book for teachers who would like to take back control of their own classroom and have students who are calm, listening and respectful. 

You'll learn how to gain the respect and trust of students and be able to 'start with a clean slate' with a group of existing students who are out of control. 

Consistency is the key and Take Control of a Noisy Class could be the best book you will ever purchase.

 


Classroom Teacher's Survival Guide: Practical Strategies, Management Techniques, and Reproducibles for New and Experienced Teachers by Ronald Partin


Classroom Teacher's Survival Guide: Practical Strategies, Management Techniques, and Reproducibles for New and Experienced Teachers by Ronald Partin

This book is for both new and experienced teachers who wish to improve classroom management with practical tips and solutions to every day classroom problems. Written by a teacher, for a teacher. 

You'll find tried and tested methods which will save you time in the classroom and lead to a more engaged, motivated and cooperative student body.

 


The Workshop Survival Guide: How to design and teach educational workshops that work every time by Fitzpatrick & Hunt


The Workshop Survival Guide: How to design and teach educational workshops that work every time by Fitzpatrick & Hunt

It's true that most workshops don't work, or work in the way that the workshop host envisaged anyway. 

The reason for this isn't because of charisma (you don't need to be charismatic to run a good workshop), or because the content wasn't very enlightening either. 

How to design and teach educational workshops is about clear, simple rules for the structure of the day. The Workshop Survival Guide is for TEFL teachers and managers who want to put on successful and useful workshops for the academic team. 

You'll learn how to dramatically increase the impact of your workshops, leaving your audience better informed, impressed and feeling that they've been well-trained and looked after that day.



Teaching Activities

  • Language learners respond to new activities in TEFL classes. The change of pace and innovative ideas keep students switched on, having fun, speaking and motivated. But TEFL teachers aren't magicians and it can be difficult to think of new ideas all the time. Here are a selection of must read books for TEFL teachers including activities that are innovative and work. Your classes will never let students down if you have one or two of these books up your sleeve.

ETpedia Teenagers: 500 ideas for teaching English to teenagers by Edmund Dudley


ETpedia Teenagers: 500 ideas for teaching English to teenagers by Edmund Dudley

Many TEFL teachers find teaching English to teens quite difficult, and even stressful. Too cool for kids' games but not often mature enough for topics and activities which work well for adult classes, teens are somewhere in the middle. 

If you don't get the balance right when teaching English to teenagers, then they can be disruptive. 500 ideas for teaching English to teenagers contains 50 teaching ideas for teens over 156 engaging pages. 

IATEFL Voices described the book as "a precious collection of teaching ideas". The book not only includes 50 ideas for teaching teens English, but also includes lesson planning advice, tips about how to avoid disruption in teen English classes, encouraging collaboration and teamwork in teen classes, and helping teenagers develop language awareness and skills. 

If you teach English to teens, then this book is a must-read.




Keep Talking: Communicative Fluency Activities for Language Teaching by F. Klippel


Keep Talking: Communicative Fluency Activities for Language Teaching by F. Klippel

This is an absolute classic book that has been used for many years by TEFL teachers worldwide. 

Don't let the date of publication throw you off (this book is nearly 40 years old), Keep Talking is well-written and still very relevant for good language teachers and language learners. 

Its simple design makes it something of a TEFL cultural icon. Keep Talking: Communicative Fluency Activities gives just what it says; the book gives students opportunities to improve spoken fluency and communicative competence. 

There are over 100 varied communicative activities, including role-plays (not a mobile phone in sight!), jigsaw activities, collaborative problem-solving activities, information share, guessing games, and story telling. Photocopiable worksheets and role cards are also included. 




Five-Minute Activities: A Resource Book of Short Activities by P. Ur


Five-Minute Activities: A Resource Book of Short Activities by P. Ur

Some of the very best activities and learning opportunities for EFL students come in small five-minute activities. You can slip in these five-minute speaking activities into your classes if you want a small change in direction or want to change pace. 

Often, the small five-minute communicative activities you choose are what students most remember come the end of your class. Five-minute activities is a handy-to-carry resource book of short activities by Penny Ur. 

The five-minute activities book contains over 130 communicative activities, which have been specially written to work with multi-levels of student. 

This means that whoever you regularly teach, this book will work and you'll return to it often for five-minute activities you can use in EFL lessons.



700 Classroom Activities by Seymour & Popova


700 Classroom Activities by Seymour & Popova

700 Classroom Activities (yes, you did read that right...700 classroom activities...that's one new activity per day for nearly two years!) is an instant winner in the teachers' office. 

It is packed with timeless communicative TEFL classics, as well as new ideas you and your colleagues have probably never come across before. 

The book is clearly organised and caters to levels ranging from beginner to upper-intermediate, meaning this book will be relevant for teachers with a busy schedule of different classes. The perfect way to supplement your regular coursebook.



Teaching Speaking

  • Arguably, the best way for TEFL teachers to get your students better at English is to get them actually speaking English. Teaching speaking is done best when speaking activities are not only fun, but relevant to the lives of EFL students. There is an art to teaching speaking and the following must read books have been written by experts in the field of teaching speaking.

How to Teach Speaking by Thornbury


How to Teach Speaking by Thornbury

This is another gem in the 'How to....' series, again written by the brilliant Scott Thornbury. This book is superbly structured to help you get the best out of your students and help them to speak English well and with confidence. 

Teaching speaking is one of the top jobs for TEFL teachers and being able to speak English is probably the top reason that learners start to study English in the first place. There is an art to teaching speaking, however. 

How to Teach Speaking shows teachers the best strategies and practices for teaching your students to speak, with different approaches and activities you can use in class. 

You will learn the best ways to teach things like articulation, fluency and register, as well as approaches such as conversation, drilling, dialogues and discussion.



The Ultimate Teaching English as a Second Language Book of Speaking Activities (The Ultimate Teaching ESL Series) by Andromeda Jones


The Ultimate Teaching English as a Second Language Book of Speaking Activities (The Ultimate Teaching ESL Series) by Andromeda Jones

This book is full of role-plays, speaking activities, speaking games, problem solving activities, visual materials and other great stuff to help you make your speaking classes work. 

The book has been designed for busy teachers, so you should be able to read a page for one minute, and then have enough material to keep an ESL speaking class going for a couple of hours. This book is invaluable for TEFL teachers who want their ESL class to be speaking.

 


The Art of Teaching Speaking: Research and Pedagogy in the ESL/EFL Classroom by K.Folse

The Art of Teaching Speaking: Research and Pedagogy in the ESL/EFL Classroom by K.Folse

Keith Folse is the author of over 35 top-selling ELT books, with four of these dedicated to developing and teaching speaking skills. 

The Art of Teaching Speaking is perhaps the best of the bunch, with TEFL teachers developing the skills and know how to design their own speaking activities. Relevant research, assessment issues and case studies have been sourced to craft an excellent book to teach TEFL teachers how to teach speaking. 

Readers will draw inspiration from the Ten Successful speaking activities, as well as drawing learned conclusions on the mistakes made in the Ten Unsuccessful Speaking Activities. Sample lesson plans are also included in this must read book.



Teaching Reading

  • There is much more to teaching reading than simply just giving reading materials and then asking questions afterwards. Many TEFL teachers also neglect teaching reading in favour of working on other skills. This is a great shame, as teaching reading has so many benefits for language learning. Here are a collection of excellent books for teaching reading.

Reading Development and Teaching (Discoveries & Explanations in Child Development) by Stuart & Stainthorp


Reading Development and Teaching (Discoveries & Explanations in Child Development) by Stuart & Stainthorp

This is a must read book for TEFL teachers who are teaching young children to read. It gives a detailed examination of the processes behind teaching children to read and the things educators should consider in reading development and teaching. 

The book is divided into four main sections: 

  • 1. A full tutorial for Reading development and teaching, including essential knowledge about reading .
  • 2. The processes behind skilled word-reading and the latest research into teaching methods to develop reading development.
  • 3. Comprehension of oral and written language, and how this translates into reading comprehension.
  • 4. Reader assessment practices and how to support children with reading difficulties, describing evidence-based interventions.

 


Teaching and Developing Reading Skills: Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers by Peter Watkins

Teaching and Developing Reading Skills: Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers by Peter Watkins

Peter was actually my principal lecturer while I was studying my MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL at university, and if he has applied his calm, sensible and reasoned knowledge into this book, then it is certain to be a very informed read. This book is for teachers who want to broaden their students' receptive skills in reading. 

You will be able to thoughtfully and skilfully guide your students with research-informed reading strategies to make them better readers, moving far beyond the usual comprehension-testing approach to reading. 

Teaching and Developing Reading Skills encourages TEFL teachers to support and develop readers with a wide-range of learner focused techniques. Teachers will also be guided to self-reflect on their roles in teaching reading and be encouraged to undertake action research.

 


Closing the Reading Gap by Alex Quigley

Closing the Reading Gap by Alex Quigley

The success of a child's education can often be summed up (rightly or wrongly) by their ability to read with fluency and skill. 

However research has shown that there are often gaps in reading opportunities and quality of education for students. Some of these may be access to books, parental income, classroom practice, curriculum and a teacher's emphasis (or lack of) in teaching reading. 

Close the Gap looks at the science of reading and how we can use reading opportunities to increase reading skills, comprehension, vocabulary and overall literacy. 

This book helps teachers to be experts in how reading boosts literacy and how to encourage students to be better readers and have a passion for reading.



Lesson Planning

  • Your lesson plan is your road map as a TEFL teacher. Lesson planning can sometimes take up as much of your time as actual teaching, and it can be a real chore. Owning books about lesson planning tips and advice can turn your career around, help your to enjoy the process of lesson planning more, and seeing you produce much better quality English lessons.

Teacher Planner: Flexible Lesson Planning for Any Year by Rockridge Press.


Teacher Planner: Flexible Lesson Planning for Any Year by Rockridge Press.

This has to be the perfect pre-semester birthday present for any teacher, or a treat to yourself! Teacher Planner allows you to 'bring order from chaos' in your classroom. 

This wonderfully designed book includes sections for student attendance, parent contact information, important dates, calendar, an area for your weekly and monthly lesson plans, student assessment notes, grading, problems, teacher reflection and so much more. 

The Teacher Planner is a must have for any teacher who likes to stay organised and on top of things. The book is compact so you can take it anywhere with you...and you will!

 



Task-Based Language Teaching: A Comprehensively Revised Edition of Designing Tasks for the Communicative Classroom by Nunan

David Nunan's seminal book Designing Tasks for the Communicative Classroom helped set the research agenda in the 1990's and early 2000's. However, Nunan raises the bar further in this work with four completely new chapters with a full and comprehensive review of the field of Task-Based Learning.




Task-Based Language Teaching by Ellis, Skehan, Li, Shintani & Lambert

Task-based learning is an approach to language learning where the learner picks up language incidentally through collaboration with others in tasks. 

Learners must seek and search for language through completing tasks. The book draws on multi-perspectives and gives detailed accounts into Task-Based Language Teaching  (TBLT), giving you the tools you need to successfully implement task-based learning in your own teaching context. 

 



500 Activities for Primary Classroom by C. Read

This is a must-have for primary teachers and TEFL teachers of young learners. It offers a wide-range of ideas and will be a top resource in your home or school library. Importantly, it answers the question all Primary Classroom teachers have: "What on earth am I going to teach tomorrow??"

 



Lessons from Nothing: Activities For Language Teaching With Limited Time And Resources by Marsland

If you are a teacher with limited time and resources (that's probably most TEFL teachers out there!) then Lesson from Nothing: Activities for Language Teaching with Limited Time and Resources could be just the book you've been looking for. 

This book is crammed with no preparation required activities which have been written for all abilities. It provides an invaluable, grab 'n' go resource for all TEFL teachers. All you need is a teacher and some students and you're good to go. 

This practical book has 70 ideas which inspire lots of communication, lots of laughs and whole class collaboration. You'll be glad you purchased this no prep book for teachers.

 



Zero Prep: Ready-to-Go Activities for the Language Classroom by Pollard & Hess

We've all been there. Something has gone wrong, the photocopier has broken, an unexpected class on the schedule, the lesson plan you thought was great is now up in smoke, the wedding reception you went to went on waaay too long and that last glass of champagne was a big mistake. 

There are so many reasons that you will need some ready to go activities that require no preparation. Even if you have all the time in the world, no prep TEFL activities can often be the very best. The book is smartly written with three factors always in mind: 

1) The activities are easy to use and understand, with zero prep required before class or after class. 

2) All the TEFL activities in Zero Prep can easily be adapted for all levels of language proficiency, the activities will work each time, every time. 

3) The activities have been cherry-picked from a massive range of no prep English teaching activities to represent the no prep activities in which student will remember the language the best. 

No Prep: Ready to go activities should be top on your list of must read books for TEFL teachers.

 


Lesson Planning for Teachers: Evidence-based techniques for busy language teachers by David Weller


Lesson Planning for Teachers: Evidence-based techniques for busy language teachers by David Weller 

Lesson Planning for Teachers was written by David Weller, who is actually a very good friend of mine, so I hope he won't mind this shameless plugging of his excellent book. 

To be honest though, even if Dave wasn't a friend of mine, this book would 100% still make this list of must have books for TEFL teachers. 

Lesson Planning for Teachers: Evidence-based techniques for language teachers is written in the down to earth conversational manner you'd come to expect from the author. 

As Dave explains in the book "Most of the time, lesson planning sucks! It takes ages, and your next class is in 20 minutes." The author totally gets what it is like to be a real TEFL teacher, having taught and done teacher-training for 20+ years. 

This book will help you to lesson plan faster, more effectively and will teach you how to craft your lessons with the lesson aims as the anchor point. You will learn how to never run out of engaging lesson ideas for your lesson plans and will learn to design lesson activities which will hook your students every time. 

Dave runs the TEFL blog Barefoot TEFL Teacher and lots of his lesson planning ideas went into our own unit on Lesson Planning in the 180-Hour Higher Certificate of TESOL.

 

 

Teaching Listening

  • Listening is one of the receptive skills in language learning. That is, language learners don't produce language, they are receiving it. This is how we learn language as a child, we hear and listen and then produce. Teaching listening skills is an important role for TEFL teachers, Here are some authoritative books on how to teach listening.

How to Teach Listening by J.J Wilson


How to Teach Listening by J.J Wilson

If you want to learn more about how to teach listening, then look no further than the 'bible' of teaching listening books. 

Every author in the 'How to teach....' series is an expert in their field, so you are in great hands with J.J Wilson. He has trained TEFL teachers in over 50 countries and written a highly-esteemed series of books for developing teacher and learner skills. 

How to Teach Listening has been used by TEFL trainees, in-service teachers and those studying the DipTESOL and Delta for years. It remains the #1 book for those wanting to learn more about how to teach listening skills. 

The book guides educators about how to spot particular listening difficulties in learners and how to address these problems with a range of teaching listening strategies.

 

Active Listening (Research and Resources in Language Teaching) by M. Rost and J.J Wilson.jpg

Active Listening (Research and Resources in Language Teaching) by M. Rost and J.J Wilson

As children, we all learn language through listening and interpretation of what we hear. This language is then sorted and arranged in our brains through complex systems. Listening is also an integral part of second language acquisition and TEFL teachers can improve active listening skills through guided teaching. 

In today's digital world, it has never been easier to teach listening, with a limitless assortment of listening material out there at our fingertips. 

Active Listening gives TEFL teachers the tools they need to get the most out of these opportunities. You'll learn how to use reflection, constructive recall, inference, prediction, and direct interaction with learners to help you teach active listening.

 


Teaching Writing

  • Must read books for TEFL teachers. It's a wonderful thing for when students can produce beautiful, stylish written work, that is accurate, descriptive, unique and error-free. These books are full of quality writing activities and tips to make you better at teaching writing. These books will help you to have your students writing beautiful, creative work before the end of a semester.

How to Teach Writing by J. Harmer


How to Teach Writing by J. Harmer

How to Teach Writing is a worthy addition into the resource book library of both novice and experienced TEFL teachers. 

The book is written in an uncomplicated style and looks at the process of writing, the nature of writing and different genres. 

This highly readable analysis can then guide you towards how to carefully and purposefully select writing tasks which will get the most out of your particular students. 

How to Teach Writing offers a large range of writing activity ideas for your students to improve their writing and productive skills. 

 

 Write Like a Ninja: An essential toolkit for every young writer by Andrew Jennings


Write Like a Ninja: An essential toolkit for every young writer by Andrew Jennings

This is the #1 Best Seller on Amazon for teaching children how to write, and for good reason. 

Coming in pocket-size, this well designed and fun book gives teachers amazing powers in how to teach writing to children. 

Your children will be able to write more creatively, more accurately and be able to express their imagination with confidence. 

It is packed with teaching tips for writing, teaching writing ideas, as well as little grammar guides to get your children writing correctly, as well as with stunning imagination. 

No TEFL teacher should be without this must read book for improving writing skills.

 


Daily Sentence Structures: 15 minutes a day towards better writing! by Alec Lees

Daily Sentence Structures: 15 minutes a day towards better writing! by Alec Lees

Many English teachers will be teaching children English, and it is important to develop their writing skills as well as skills such as speaking, listening and reading. 

Daily Sentence Structures goes beyond simply writing out lists of vocabulary  with a structured web of 15-minute sessions designed to increase children's writing ability, creative thinking and written accuracy. 

By setting 15 minutes a day of writing daily sentence structures, you'll get your children better writing and will also get them speaking with more accuracy, too. Get your children writing better within six weeks.

 


Books on how to teach pronunciation

  • Many language students strive to have a clear pronunciation, which makes them be understood easier. There is an art to teaching pronunciation and these authors are at the top of their field for teaching pronunciation.

How to Teach Pronunciation by G. Kelly


How to Teach Pronunciation by G. Kelly

Learning how to improve pronunciation is very important for many students, who may be unhappy with how they sound when they speak English. 

Although the World Englishes movement is trying to promote equality in Englishes and say that the ability to communicate is more important than accent and pronunciation, the truth is to most students is that they have a huge desire to speak with a better pronunciation. 

How to Teach Pronunciation helps TEFL teachers how to teach these skills to students. The books provides a detailed analysis of sound systems, vowels, consonants, intonation, word stress and sentence stress, giving you a sound foundation and superior knowledge base how to teach pronunciation expertly. 

 


Teaching pronunciation: A course book and reference guide by Celce-Murcia

Teaching pronunciation: A course book and reference guide by Celce-Murcia

This full 576-page 2nd Edition Cambridge book on teaching pronunciation contains updates and new research into teaching pronunciation and new pedagogical insights. 

It goes into detail about the factors you should consider when teaching pronunciation, but remains very accessible and readable, combining modern theoretical perspectives  with real, practical teaching tips and advice. 

Teaching Pronunciation a highly recommended book and reference guide for TEFL teachers with an interest in teaching pronunciation.

 


Mark Hancock’s 50 Tips for Teaching Pronunciation Pocket Editions by Hancock


Mark Hancock’s 50 Tips for Teaching Pronunciation Pocket Editions by Hancock

For those TEFL teachers who don't want to go through a 500 page teaching pronunciation behemoth, this pocket-sized book on teaching pronunciation provides the perfect solution. 

50 Tips for Teaching Pronunciation gives you just that, 50 quick, easy-to-remember tips you can practically use in your everyday teaching to improve the English pronunciation of your students. 

You'll be able to address student questions about improving pronunciation skills and be much better equipped to teach pronunciation with a book you can carry everywhere.

 


Sound Foundations: Learning and Teaching Pronunciation by A. Underhill  

Sound Foundations: Learning and Teaching Pronunciation by A. Underhill 

Learning the phonological system (well enough to teach it!) is a big challenge for many TEFL teachers. 

Learning and teaching pronunciation is made easy by Adrian Underhill's classic Sound Foundations. 

It offers excellent information, as well as practical activities you can use in your classroom when learning and teaching pronunciation.

 


How to teach Business English

  • Many TEFL teachers find themselves being asked by their school to teach Business English, but have no experience of business or of teaching Business English. These easy-to-follow books will show you the way.

How to Teach Business English by Frendo


How to Teach Business English by Frendo

Another part of the 'How to....' series, How to Teach Business English is essential for Business English teachers. 

Common sense chapters help teachers to guide students with language on real business English topics such as marketing, contracts, presentations and negotiation, with excellent teaching guides. 

There is also a full chapter on Business English assessment, giving the Business English teachers an in-depth understanding of Business English and Business English teaching strategies. 


 

Business English Vocabulary: Advanced Masterclass: A Master Vocabulary Builder for Advanced Business English Speaking & Writing by  Marc Roche

Business English Vocabulary: Advanced Masterclass: A Master Vocabulary Builder for Advanced Business English Speaking & Writing by  Marc Roche

One big problem for TEFL teachers who are asked teach Business English is that they have limited business knowledge, if any at all! 

As we have said often at TEFL Lemon, this doesn't matter. Let your students concern themselves about business, you are just there to give your Business English students the language tools they need to discuss things they already understand in their own language. Business English Vocabulary will help you do just that. 

The book contains all the essential Business English vocabulary and jargon your students are looking to learn contained within relevant and interesting Business English scenarios. 

The book is packed with explanations, business vocabulary and opportunities for students to practice real Business English in the type of situations they will need it for real, such as presentations, meetings, interviews, reviews and demonstrations. 

This is a must have for all Business English teachers or students.


Integrating technology into TEFL classes

  • Technology has come on in leaps and bounds in the last twenty years, but technology in ELT hasn't kept pace. A point of resistance is that TEFL teachers often use technology in their everyday life, but don't really know how this can translate into the EFL classroom. These books will help TEFL teachers create meaningful language learning opportunities using technology.

Learning Technology: A Handbook for FE Teachers and Assessors (Further Education) by Daniel Scott


Learning Technology: A Handbook for FE Teachers and Assessors (Further Education) by Daniel Scott

Before Covid 19, there were still doubters that technology has a role to play within education. After the pandemic, we are no left in no doubt that technology is a central part in learning and teachers have a responsibility to both understand  and be implementing technology into their classes. 

Learning Technology: a handbook for FE teachers and Assessors is not a manual for particular pieces of education or language learning software. 

Moreover, it is a guidebook to encourage teachers to use technology and to give them the tools to understand how we can use technology in classes to teach better lessons, obtain better results and achieve better learning outcomes for our learners. 

You will understand when and why to use technology in teaching, what the traditional barriers and resistance has been  to using tech in teaching, and how you can overcome this resistance and lead the way in your school. 

Stay on top of emerging trends in technology in language learning consistently with a better knowledge of Learning Technology.

 


50 Ways to Use Technology Enhanced Learning in the Classroom: Practical strategies for Teaching by Pete Atherton


50 Ways to Use Technology Enhanced Learning in the Classroom: Practical strategies for Teaching by Pete Atherton

It can be hard to think up of fresh ways to integrate technology into classes. 50 Ways to Use Technology Enhanced Learning in the Classroom does just that; it offers teachers a toolkit of ideas and pours a healthy topping of creative cream on top of lessons. 

TEFL teachers will be able to use social media in language learning, live streaming, understand the role of gamification in classes, practical ways of using Flipped Learning and Blended Learning, as well as using technology to aid in assessment. 

This book is perfect for TEFL teachers looking to integrate technology to achieve better language learning outcomes and to explore the impact of EdTech on language learners.



Books for Assessment and Testing

  • Assessment and testing is critically important in ELT. It shows teachers that students are on track and that our language lessons are working. Students also expect assessment, as it motivates and helps students to understand if their learning is successful. These books will help TEFL teachers to understand how to assess students with clear purpose.

Testing for Language Teachers by A. Hughes


Testing for Language Teachers by A. Hughes

First written over twenty years ago, the classic Testing for Language Teachers is now on its 3rd Edition, with extensive revisions and updates having been included. 

The book is highly accessible with sections on the reasons for testing and assessment, how to formulate your own assessments and guidance on how assessment in your classes can be applied. 

There is extended discussion on the responsibilities of language assessors and the role they play in the language learning outcomes of our students. 

Assessment checklists help TEFL teachers with a clear pathway of understanding and straightforward approaches with easy-to-follow assessment advice.

 


The Routledge Book of Language Testing by Fulcher and Harding (Eds)


The Routledge Book of Language Testing by Fulcher and Harding (Eds)

The massive 2nd Edition is now available and includes 35 articles by ten authoritative experts in the field of assessment within ELT.  

There are five entirely new chapters, including four on the key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

Also new is a section dedicated to language assessment using technology, with the book streets ahead of other like books in the field of language testing and assessment. Owners of this book will understand how to make assessments which are valid, reliable, practical and authentic. 

There are also full sections dedicated to washback and how this can be used to form future judgements in our teaching and classroom practice. 

The Routledge Book of Language Testing is the last word in testing and assessment for language teachers.

 


Books for How to Teach English Online

  • Teaching Online can be difficult because there are many classroom-based activities which can't be used easily in online settings. These must read books will help you succeed in teaching online.

The Language Teaching Rebel: A guide to building a successful online language teaching business by Hakke


The Language Teaching Rebel: A guide to building a successful online language teaching business by Hakke

By 2030, it is estimated that there may be up to 2 billion regular English language learners and there just won't be enough teachers to go around. You can either work for a school, an online teaching company...or yourself! 

If you are considering building a business out of teaching English online, then this will be essential reading for you.

 


The Ultimate Teaching ESL Online Manual: Tools and techniques for successful TEFL classes online: Volume 3 (The Ultimate Teaching ESL Manual series) by Andromeda Jones


The Ultimate Teaching ESL Online Manual: Tools and techniques for successful TEFL classes online: Volume 3 (The Ultimate Teaching ESL Manual series) by Andromeda Jones

More and more students are electing to take online classes from home rather than find language academies to learn in. 

This is great for TEFL teachers who can now earn a good living with online English classes arranged during the day and evening. This ESL online manual offers successful tools and techniques for online ESL teachers to use in online classes. 

The Ultimate Teaching ESL Online Manual helps you to avoid common mistakes in online teaching, as well as giving real world advice for growing your list of online clientele and improving your skills and offering as an online ESL instructor. 

The book offers online roleplays, speaking and listening activities for online classes, quick games and a multitude of quality online ESL activities in a must have one-stop solution for online teachers.

 


ESL Online Games: Have fun teaching English - Interactive activities to engage students of all ages and bring the joy of learning into your virtual classroom by Shelley Vernon


ESL Online Games: Have fun teaching English - Interactive activities to engage students of all ages and bring the joy of learning into your virtual classroom by Shelley Vernon

Teaching English using language games and activities has been common practice in TEFL classrooms for decades. 

Most TEFL teachers have as arsenal of teaching games up their sleeve ready to teach English with games. However, TEFL teachers are now commonly teaching English online nowadays and playing these same games teaching online doesn't work. 

The online English games in ESL online games solves this problem with this mega-collection of online ESL games. From five-minute online warmers and fillers to longer activities, each game is specifically written to be used for teaching English online.  

There are even downloadable templates for one TEFL teachers to use in this must have book for online English classes.

 

Online Teaching at Its Best: Merging Instructional Design with Teaching and Learning Research by  Nilson & Goodson

Online Teaching at Its Best: Merging Instructional Design with Teaching and Learning Research by  Nilson & Goodson

This book looks at online teaching practices, in addition to student motivation online, course design,  and current online teaching pedagogies crafted by the latest research in the field.



101 Activities and Resources for Teaching English Online: Practical Ideas for ESL/EFL Teachers: 2 (ESL Activities for Teenagers and Adults) by Jackie Bolen


101 Activities and Resources for Teaching English Online: Practical Ideas for ESL/EFL Teachers: 2 (ESL Activities for Teenagers and Adults) by Jackie Bolen

Consistently thinking of new, meaningful and interesting activities for online language learners is stressful and difficult. 101 Activities and Resources for Teaching English Online offers online TEFL teachers lots of new activities and inspiration from this new book.