Language Clarification and Practice: Teaching Grammar, Vocabulary, Lexis

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Practical English Usage, by Michael Swan

This was the first book I ever bought as a fledgling English teacher. It saved me on many an occasion when I was busy lesson planning and trying to anticipate questions about meaning , form and register. It’s a book for dipping into as needs arise.

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. – Review.

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How to Teach Grammar, by Scott Thornbury

“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.” -review

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A Concise Grammar for English Teachers, by Tony Penston

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.- Review

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 Grammar for English Teachers, by 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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 How to Teach Vocabulary, by Jeremy Harmer and Scott Thornbury

All about teaching vocabulary: Details on the characteristics of words, how they are learned and memorized, and the best ways to teach them are all covered. This book deals with vocabulary learning with the challenges of today’s classrooms.

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Teaching Tenses, by Rosemary Aiken

Good overall reference for teachers with clear explanation on timelines for tenses. However, one reviewer is clearly not happy! It’s hard to agree on tenses and when and where to use them, as there are American and UK differences – especially the perfect tenses. Keep that in mind and consider your learners’ contexts.

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