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Recommended Books

All successful CELTA applicants will be given a list of recommended books to improve their knowledge of grammar and teaching methodology. The list varies from centre to centre, so I've selected some of the very best recommended CELTA course books below.

Recommended Grammar Books

Most native speakers of English are not aware of the grammar they use. That's nothing to be ashamed of either; we learn our first language very differently and our subconscious brains do most of the hard work. Before studying for my CELTA course, I certainly couldn't tell you about the past perfect continuous tense! But that has to change if you are to help other people to speak English, and throughout the CELTA course (and beyond!) you will need to have a better understanding of English grammar

English Grammar In Use - Raymond Murphy

English Grammar In Use
(With Answers)

Raymond Murphy

Cambridge University Press

Basic English Usage - Michael Swan

Basic English Usage

Michael Swan

Oxford University Press

Grammar For English Language Teachers

Grammar For English Language Teachers

Martin Parrott

Cambridge University Press

Recommended Teaching Methodology Books

These books will help you to answer questions such as: What makes a good teacher? Why is lesson planning important? How can you engage bored students?

Learning To Teach English - (A Practical Introduction For New Teachers) - Peter Watkins

Learning To Teach English
(A Practical Introduction For New Teachers)

Peter Watkins

Delta Publishing ELT

How To Teach English - (An Introduction To The Practice Of English Language Teaching - Jeremy Harmer

How To Teach English
(An Introduction To The Practice Of English Language Teaching 2nd Edition - With DVD)

Jeremy Harmer

Longman ELT

Teaching Practice - (A Guide For Teachers In Training)

Teaching Practice
(A Guide For Teachers In Training)

Roger Gower, Diane Phillips, Steve Walters

Macmillan Education

Recommended Dictionaries

Language dictionaries are a vital part of TEFL, and as a teacher it's important to help your students get the most value from their dictionaries. You may be able to borrow one for the duration of the CELTA course but I recommend that soon after you invest in a good language learning dictionary (not a standard living-room tome!). Below are a selection of some of the very best.

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Oxford University Press

Macmillan English Dictionary For Advanced Learners

Macmillan English Dictionary For Advanced Learners

Macmillan ELT

Longman Dictionary Of Contemporary English

Longman Dictionary Of Contemporary English
(Paper And DVD-ROM)

Pearson Longman