What are the best books for teaching English?

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    #1Write Like This

    Write Like This

    Write Like This: Teaching Real-World Writing Through Modeling and Mentor Texts is an academic book written by Kelly Gallagher. In this book, the author highlights the purpose of writing and how to write according to context.

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    Madison May
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book is filled with excellent, practical writing ideas that can be adapted to fit a variety of middle and high school classrooms. I particularly appreciate books like this one, that offer strategies that I can immediately use in my classroom. If you are looking for a book that offers suggestions for truly purposeful writing instruction, this is an exceptional guide. Gallagher is absolutely right about the importance of using mentor texts and real world writing to teach and motivate students."
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    #2The Reading Zone

    The Reading Zone

    The Reading Zone: How to Help Kids Become Skilled, Passionate, Habitual, Critical Readers is an academic book written by Nancie Atwell and Shelley Harwayne. This book is ideal for English Teachers. It was published in 2007.

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    Mark Perez
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Reading Nancie Atwell and Anne Atwell Merkel’s cooperative endeavor is like getting a letter from a good friend and mentor. Atwell’s years of expertise in reading and writing are priceless to teachers, and I am so glad she is still writing to share her wisdom with the masses. (She was the first recipient of the Global Teacher Prize in 2015.) This time her daughter is also on board as co-author, adding her own passion for reading and skill as a teacher to the mix. The two use Atwell’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Merkel’s classroom settings, as well as classes of other teachers, to give readers “case studies” of real students to illustrate how to teach reading workshop grades K-8, with an emphasis on middle grades. The writing reads more like a novel than an instructional manual. Because of this, the evenings I spent reading The Reading Zone, I truly enjoyed every moment. It was like being a fly on the wall, peeking into classrooms to observe, gaining insight and learning how to be an expert teacher. The “personal art” of reading The first chapter describes the “personal art” of reading, a term borrowed from novelist Robertson Davies, and cites the reasons all students should be reading, including the academic benefits. Atwell describes frequent, voluminous and self-selected reading as the cornerstone of reading workshop and the only way to teach children to be skilled, passionate, habitual and critical in their reading. CTL teaches comprehension only in the setting of reading that is meaningful. All other skills, such as decoding and strategy work, are embedded in this teaching also. A student’s independent reading level and enjoyable books are key to teaching comprehension successfully. Through a look at a particularly reluctant reader, the authors reveal how a teacher at CTL was able to create a love of pleasure reading through “booktalks.” Atwell also briefly addresses what they are not doing at her school (quizzes, note-taking, reading logs, book reports, etc.), and how reading workshop with personal pleasure reading of narrative text creates genuine readers. Recognizing “the reading zone” Next, Atwell delves into what a student called “the reading zone.” The label has remained at the school as a way to describe a reader being so wrapped up in his or her reading that s/he feels truly inside that world of story. Through many student quotes, the zone is described. The chapter also examines the conditions necessary to enter that zone for children (drawing on student surveys). The top student responses highlight booktalks and mini-lessons, a classroom full of book choices, quiet time to read daily in class, free choice of genres and authors, book recommendations, comfort during reading time, writing about reading, individual conferences with the teacher about reading, keeping a list of books to read, and nightly reading as homework. Another topic Atwell addresses is the significance of student choice in reading selections. As a foundation for choice, Atwell uses Daniel Penac’s Reader’s Bill of Rights (1992). Readers have the right to not read a book, to skip pages, to leave a book unfinished, to reread, to read anything, to fall into escapism, to read anywhere, to browse, to read out loud, and to not feel obligated to defend their tastes. Starting the school year On the very first day of school, Markel asks her students to fill out a survey about reading and inquires as to the types of books they may like. These surveys are the basis for the next few weeks of booktalks and conferences. Merkel and the other teachers at CTL also spend significant time and resources building a classroom library that all readers will enjoy and find enticing, as well as creating, “Books We Love” displays. Teachers will be able to begin reading workshop from the ground up after reading this chapter. The next few chapters detail home reading as homework, how to make reading simple by showing readers their optimum levels, how to conference with students, and how to teach students to write about their reading to aid comprehension. These topics are the usual fare for teachers of English Language Arts, but Atwell and Merkel build a foundation for this understanding and provide evidence for why these tried and true strategies work. Poetry for close reading and more Daily poetry is how Merkel teaches close reading and involves her students in deep discussions that promote thinking. This is also where mini-lessons come into play to address grammar, structure, word choice, mood, tone, and vocabulary study, as well as reading strategies. As a teacher, I felt like this would be the part of reading workshop where I would need the most support. I am intrigued by the idea of using poetry to teach almost every skill my students need to know. Atwell does have an older guide on the market that would probably help teachers get a more in-depth look at this part of the workshop. The how and why of daily reading The remaining topics the book delves into are the nonfiction genres, high school education, and practical ways to implement the strategies discussed in The Reading Zone. Although this book was a very quick and enjoyable read, it is packed with information that would help new and veteran teachers alike. Despite the helpful array of topics this book covers, I will admit that I would still like to have more information. For example, take me through a typical day at CTL or give me suggestions for poems at each grade level that I can use. The book leaves me wanting more. I would encourage future readers to check out the suggested resources at “Inside The Reading Zone” located at www.scholastic.com/RZresources for a more in-depth look at what the reading zone looks like in a classroom (you will need an account at Scholastic to access these additional resources). Ultimately, though, this book rewards the reader. While the simple act of reading daily has long been understood to be the best way to become a better reader, this book tells us the why and how. "
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    #3Teaching English Grammar

    Teaching English Grammar

    Teaching English Grammar by Jim Scrivener is a self-study book on grammar structures and teaching methods. This book offers a different approach to teaching the English language in class.

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    Arjun Powar
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "english is hard. very very hard. this book does seem like it will do a fairly good job of teaching english grammar to people"
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    #4First English Reader for Beginners

    First English Reader for Beginners

    First English Reader for Beginners: Bilingual for Speakers of Japanese by Marina Chan is a non-fiction book on learning. This book's unique features is telling real-life stories on using the English language.

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    Harry Lewis
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "First English Reader for Beginners: Bilingual for Speakers of Japanese by Marina Chan is a non-fiction book on learning. This book's unique features is telling real-life stories on using the English language. A very good resource."
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    #5The Wealthy English Teacher

    The Wealthy English Teacher
    The Wealthy English Teacher: Teach, Travel, and Secure Your Financial Future by Jackie Bolen is a self-help book that highlights the perfect balance of teaching while earning sufficiently through sharing knowledge on the English language.
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    Humberto Madrigal
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The Wealthy English Teacher is meant primarily for teachers but has advice that is good for anyone in any field. It's a great book to have as reference if you teach English overseas anywhere. It covers many aspects of someone's first teaching trip abroad."
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    #6English Grammar in Use With Answers

    English Grammar in Use With Answers

    English Grammar in Use with Answers: Reference and Practice for Intermediate Students by Raymond Murphy is a reference for grammar and language. This book covers the basic English lessons that one must master first.

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    Bruce Green
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is one of the better English Grammar books. When we moved from Uganda to Texas, we found ourselves needing to learn English and fast. When my wife spoke clearly in English, the woman at the Walmart market smiled at her with respect. I highly recommend this one!"
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    #7Reading English News on the Internet

    Reading English News on the Internet

    Reading English News on the Internet: A Guide to Connectors, Verbs, Expressions, and Vocabulary for the ESL Student by David Petersen is an ESL guide on the use of the English language for different platforms.

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    Patrick Willis
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Reading English News on the Internet helps people get a better grasp of the English language. It looks like it is aimed for Japanese students so if you fall in that category pick the book up."
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    #8Compelling American Conversations

    Compelling American Conversations

    Compelling American Conversations by Eric Roth is a book for intermediate-advanced language learners. This book provides questions and quotations that will definitely engage one's reader into learning.

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    Roger Richardson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "ESL Books Guide. ... Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Many become ESL teachers because they see it as a great opportunity to travel and earn at the same time. ... Homeschooling - Books for those who choose to educate their children at home."
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    #9The Lexical Approach

    The Lexical Approach

    The Lexical Approach: The State of ELT and a Way Forward by Michael Lewis is an educational book on language and linguistics. This book tackles the different ingenious approaches to teaching grammar.

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    Abhinav Lobo
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "IN TODAYS WORLD, THERE MAY BE NO MORE IMPORTANT BOOD THAT "THE LEXICAL APPORACH'. IT IS A BOK FOR TEACHING ENGLISH. THIS BOOK HELPS DEVELOP CURRENT THINKING, MODERATE APPROACHES TO GRAMMER, AND REFLECTS ON PAST THEORYS. THIS BOOK CAN REALLY HELP TEACHERS STRUGGLEING TO TEACH ENGLISH TO THEIR STUDENTS "
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    #10Teaching English to Children in Asia

    Teaching English to Children in Asia

    Teaching English to Children in Asia by David Paul is a self-help book that provides a technique for teaching English to Asian countries. This book includes theories on teaching as well as possible games and activities for students.

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    Nicholas Gomez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is filled with excellent, practical writing ideas that can be adapted to fit a variety of middle and high school classrooms. I particularly appreciate books like this one, that offer strategies that I can immediately use in my classroom. If you are looking for a book that offers suggestions for truly purposeful writing instruction, this is an exceptional guide. Gallagher is absolutely right about the importance of using mentor texts and real world writing to teach and motivate students."
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    #11The Book Whisperer

    The Book Whisperer

    The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child is a nonfiction educational book for elementary teachers. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2009 by Jossey-Bass.

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    Kenneth Lopez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "As a reading school teacher, I would highly recommend getting this book! Donalyn Miller does a great job explaining how she got her students reading."
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    #12Jackboot Britain

    Jackboot Britain

    Jackboot Britain is a speculative novel written by Daniel S. Fletcher. First published in 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform under ISBN 1500556270, it focuses on an alternate story in which Nazi Germany won World War II.

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    Jonathan Nguyen
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I bought this book to help intermediate and advanced students of English as a second language, and I had mixed results. It was a very interesting book, but the intermediate students had trouble with the writing style. I teach American English, so this was a good book for my advanced students that were less familiar with British English, along with some of the upper- intermediate students that have a firm grasp of English with years of experience but primarily use the language in a business setting."
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    #13Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    Quiet is a book by Susan Cain that tells a story about how introverts can change the world in this extroverted society that we are in. 

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    Nicholas Oliver
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Very interesting book about introverts! I am one of them..."
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    #14The Malleus Maleficarum of Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger (Dover Occult)

    The Malleus Maleficarum of Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger (Dover Occult)
    The Malleus Maleficarum of Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger (Dover Occult) is a book written by Heinrich Kramer, James Sprenger, and translated by Montague Summers. The book was published on June 1, 1971 by Dover Publications.
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    Michael Gutierrez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is such a amazing read. It is not a easy book to read, but it will teach you a lot of words and phrases that you have never heard before. It illustrates the ways and manners people found and hunted witches in the middle ages. Such great writing, yet such a haunting subject. I could not put this book down. This is just a amazing work."
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    #15Everyman and Other Miracle and Morality Plays (Dover Thrift Editions)

    Everyman and Other Miracle and Morality Plays (Dover Thrift Editions)
    Everyman and Other Miracle and Morality Plays (Dover Thrift Editions) was written by an unknown author. Everyman and Other Miracle and Morality Plays (Dover Thrift Editions) was published on October 24, 1995 by Dover Publications.
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    Virginia Hawkins
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "My students found this book easier than other books. I will use this again to teach english."
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    #16English Idioms in Use Intermediate

    English Idioms in Use Intermediate

    English Idioms in Use Intermediate is a reference guidebook in learning and teaching English idioms written by Michael McCarthy and Felicity O'Dell. Published in 2002 by Cambridge University Press.

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    Terry Hunter
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "We actually discussed this book in my Spanish class. We used it as a way to learn about how non-English speakers learn English idioms, so we could better understand how idioms work in other languages. I thought it was a very effective use of this book."
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    #17Essential Idioms in English

    Essential Idioms in English

    Essential Idioms in English: Phrasal Verbs and Collocations is a reference guidebook in learning and teaching English idioms written by Robert James Dixson. Published in 2003 by Pearson Education ESL.

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    Wayne Clark
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I saw this book years ago, I have person who married into the family who was born in another country with English as a second language. This book years ago was a key factor and instrumental in speeding up the development. Would recommend this as a key tool to anyone learning english as an adult."
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    #18Idioms Organiser

    Idioms Organiser

    Idioms Organiser: Organised by Metaphor, Topic, and Key Word is a reference guidebook in learning and teaching English idioms written by John Wright. Published in 1999 by Heinle & Heinle Publishers.

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    James Duncan
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This book is fine for learning specific english turns of phrase. It is good for people trying to pass la test on English fluency, but is probably not your first choice "
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    #19A Good Turn of Phrase: Student's Book

    A Good Turn of Phrase: Student's Book

    A Good Turn of Phrase Advanced Idiom Practice Student's Book is a reference guidebook in learning and teaching English idioms written by James Milton and Virginia Evans. Published in 2000 by Express Publishing.

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    Grace Hopkins
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The English language can be a difficult one to both teach and to learn. Idioms present a particular challenge. If you or someone who know is looking to either learn or teach the English language to a non-native speaker the book "A Good Turn of Phrase: Student's Book" is an invaluable resource. Easy to follow and honestly even a great reminder read for a native speaker like myself!"
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    #20Making Headway Phrasal Verbs and Idioms Advanced

    Making Headway Phrasal Verbs and Idioms Advanced

    Making Headway Phrasal Verbs and Idioms Advanced is a reference guidebook in learning and teaching English idioms written by Graham Workman. Published in 1995 by Oxford University Press.

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    Ethan Rose
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Making Headway Phrasal Verbs and Idioms Advanced helped me learn English quickly. It is such a good reference guide. It shows you how to really immerse yourself in the language."
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    #21Check Your English Vocabulary for Phrasal Verbs and Idioms

    Check Your English Vocabulary for Phrasal Verbs and Idioms

    Check Your English Vocabulary for Phrasal Verbs and Idioms: All You Need to Pass Your Exams is a reference guidebook in learning and teaching English idioms written by Rawdon Wyatt. Published in 2006 by A&C Black.

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    Hannah Banks
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "When English is your second language, it can be hard to understand all the idioms of the language. This book has helped me so much. It not only has helped me with my college papers and exams, it has saved me many times in conversational situations. This is a great resource."
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    #22Oxford Word Skills Intermediate Idioms

    Oxford Word Skills Intermediate Idioms

    Oxford Word Skills: Intermediate: Idioms and Phrasal Verbs Student Book with Key is a reference guidebook in learning and teaching English idioms written by Ruth Gairns and Stuart Redman. Published in 2011 by Oxford.

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    Larry Lucas
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I have always had a hard time with english idioms. The book Oxford Word Skills Intermediate Idioms has really helped me. This is a great sort second step in better understanding the english language. "
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    #23Work on Your Idioms

    Work on Your Idioms

    Work on Your Idioms: Master the 300 Most Common Idioms is a reference guidebook in learning and teaching English idioms written by Sandra Anderson and Cheryl Pelteret. Published in 2012 by Collins.

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    Kathy Herrera
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "great book for continuing education"
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    #24Making Headway Phrasal Verbs and Idioms Upper-Intermediate

    Making Headway Phrasal Verbs and Idioms Upper-Intermediate

    Making Headway Phrasal Verbs and Idioms Upper-Intermediate is a reference guidebook in learning and teaching English idioms written by Graham Workman. Published in 1993 by Oxford University Press.

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    Alan Guo
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a good book for teaching. It's definitely worth a read if you want to know more, so I would recommend this to people. "
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    #25A Good Turn of Phrase: Teacher's Book

    A Good Turn of Phrase: Teacher's Book

    A Good Turn of Phrase Advanced Idiom Practice Teacher's Book is a reference guidebook in learning and teaching English idioms written by James Milton and Virginia Evans.

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    Catherine Henderson
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is a decent book that I think has a lot of good qualities about it but it does lack a few things. However if you can get past that it's not bad to read at all."

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Best What are the best books for teaching English
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Write Like ThisBooks 43 Paid
2The Reading ZoneBooks 41 Paid
3Teaching English GrammarBooks 39 Paid
4First English Reader for BeginnersBooks 38 Paid
5The Wealthy English TeacherBooks 35 Paid
6English Grammar in Use With AnswersBooks 35 Paid
7Reading English News on the InternetBooks 33 Paid
8Compelling American ConversationsBooks 33 Paid
9The Lexical ApproachBooks 30 Paid
10Teaching English to Children in AsiaBooks 28 Paid
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