Books – EFL Specific Resources

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Principles of Language Learning and Teaching by H. Douglas Brown

How do people learn a second language? For almost two decades, Principles of Language Learning and Teaching has been recognized as an exceptional guide to the theoretical foundations of language teaching. This new fourth edition offers an overview of the study of Second Language Acquisition, while acting as a reference for the growing storehouse of research, subfields, and specialization of SLA. (Goodreads)

For those who are new to the field or who want to brush up on theories and more, this is a great book!

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Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language by Marianne Celce-Murcia

Now in its third edition, this best selling methodology resource gives both experienced and prospective teachers the theoretical background and practical applications they need to succeed. (Goodreads)

Another great resource for new teachers who want to supplement what they have learned elsewhere.

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Testing for Language Teachers by Arthur Hughes

This second edition remains the most practical guide for teachers who want to have a better understanding of the role of testing in language teaching. It has a new chapter on testing young learners and expanded chapters on common test techniques and testing overall ability. (Goodreads)

Do you ever feel lost when compiling assessment materials for your students? Well feel lost no more! This book covers all aspects of testing from reliability to validity to testing individual and overall linguistic skills.

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Rhetorical Grammar: Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects by Martha Kolln and Loretta Gray

Rhetorical Grammar encourages writers to recognize and use the grammatical and stylistic choices available to them and to understand the rhetorical effects those choices can have on their readers.

Rhetorical Grammar is a writer’s grammar – a text that presents grammar as a rhetorical tool, avoiding the do’s and don’ts so long associated with the study of grammar. It reveals to  writers the system of grammar that they know subconsciously and encourages them to use that knowledge to understand their choices as writers and the effects of those choices on their readers. Besides providing key strategies for revision, Rhetorical Grammar presents systematic discussions of reader expectation, sentence rhythm and cohesion, subordination and coordination, punctuation, modification, diction, and other principles. (Amazon)

This is not a book for beginning students. This is for advanced ESL/EFL students who are working towards higher education in English-speaking countries. That said, it is a fantastic resource for teaching as well!

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