How much time do you spend digging through bookstores and websites to find the perfect English teaching or ESL textbooks for your students?
Hours, right? I know how you feel.
In fact, I do this in September every year. I hang out in Come On In, Barcelona’s expensive, yet probably most comprehensive, English teaching bookstore for a few hours. Usually, I’m there until the shop assistants look at me like I’m a little TOO concerned about which books I use.
Maybe I’m just picky, but it takes me quite a bit of time to find books I think my students will love all year, that cover grammar but also have authentic audio-visual materials.
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So, to save you hours of digging, I’ve put together a list of my Top 10 favourite ESLbooks/series of books. Ten is kind of a small number. Since I like brief lists, though, I’ve highlighted one kids, one teen and one adults book, a couple exam prep series and left the rest as more general ESL help.
Top 10 Amazing English Books For Your ESL Class
Now, it’s hard to find a textbook that’s perfect, so I’ve listed The Good, The Bad, and the Fabulous for each one. (You thought I was going to say “and the ugly”, right? Let’s be more positive than that )
Of course you can pick any of them up on Amazon by clicking the title or links.
The Good: Useful essay writing phrases; split into sections on speaking and writing so students know which are most appropriate in each situation.
The Bad: Focus on writing for the TOEFL (American ESL) exam. However, it can be easily applied to the CAE or other Cambridge Exams
The Fabulous: This is a serious of “Phrases For” books, which can be useful in many speaking activities!
So, apparently this week’s theme was short posts with lists! Don’t worry, the detailed goodies (and the vlogging) I’ve promised is coming up soon. In fact, I’m already super excited to share it with you even though I haven’t written it down yet.
Which ESL textbooks are your favourites?
I’d love to hear your recommendations!
P.S. Photo lovers, today’s main image is simply a pile of my favourite ESL textbooks (that are usually in my bookshelf!)
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