Recommended TESOL Books

If I were to take only a few books with me overseas, I'd take the following...

(Professor Alan Seaman, Wheaton College)

Comprehensive Discussions of English Language Teaching

  • Snow, Don. More Than a Native Speaker: An Introduction for Volunteers Teaching Abroad. Alexandria, VA: TESOL. 1996.
  • Brown, H. Douglas.  Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy. 2nd ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall Regents. 2001.
  • Omaggio-Hadley, Alice. Teaching Language in Context: Proficiency-Oriented Instruction. 3rd. ed. Boston: Heinle & Heinle. 2001.
  • Celce-Murcia, Marianne, Ed. Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language. 3rd ed. Boston: Heinle & Heinle. 2001.

Specialized Books with Plenty of Teaching Ideas

  • Ur, Penny. Discussions That Work: Task-Centered Fluency Practice. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1981.
  • Ur, Penny. Grammar Practice Activities: A Practical Guide for Teachers. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1988.
  • Celce-Murcia, Marianne, et al. Teaching Pronunciation: A Reference for Teachers of English as a Second or Foreign Language. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1996.
  • Ur, Penny and Andrew Wright. Five-Minute Activities: A Resource Book of Short Activities. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1992.
  • Wright, Andrew, et al. Games for Language Learning. 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1984.

Reference Books for Grammar and Phonetics

  • Deakins, Alice H., et al. The Tapestry Grammar: A Reference for Learners of English. Boston: Heinle & Heinle. 1994.
  • Nilsen, Don L. F. And Alleen P. Nilsen. Pronunciation Contrasts in English. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall Regents. 1973.

A Useful Book About Course Development

  • Graves, Kathleen, ed. Teachers as Course Developers. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1996.

If I Had Room for a Basal Series (One Book Per Level), I'd Take:

  • Richards, Jack C. New Interchange. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1998.
    (However, this genies is also widely available in China, and at a reduced cost)

Background on China

  • Parry, Kate. Language, Culture, and Literacy: Voices from the Chinese Classroom. Heinemann. 1996.

Addendum

If I were to choose five books to read before going to China as an English teacher, I'd choose these five: 

 

  1. Snow, Don. More Than a Native Speaker: An Introduction for Volunteers Teaching Abroad. Alexandria, VA: TESOL. 1996.
  2. Parry, Kate. Language, Culture, and Literacy: Voices from the Chinese Classroom. Heinemann. 1996.
  3. Snow, Don. English Teaching as Christian Mission. Scottdate, PA: Herald Press. 2001.
  4. Brown, H. Douglas. Teaching by Principles: An Interactive Approach to Language Pedagogy. 2nd ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall Regents. 2001.
  5. Ur, Penny. Discussions That Work: Task-Centered Fluency Practice. New York: Cambridge University Press. 1981.

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