MUST-READ BOOKS FOR ALL

Books every teacher should read; 10 Great and Easy English Books for Learners; Personal Experience by Kseniia Semina

BOOKS EVERY ENGLISH TEACHER SHOULD READ

Of course, nothing compares to solid hands-on experience of teaching, observing a colleague’s lesson, or doing a training course, but we also believe in learning the old-fashioned way. Reading a great book on a topic you are interested in, highlighting important information, taking notes, and going at your own pace.

Here is a list of books we believe that every English teacher should read.

Essential Teacher Knowledge by Jeremy Harmer

The book contains core concepts in language teaching, divided into 7 parts which include language information, methodology, specific skills, classroom and curriculum management as well as how to teach young learners and CLIL. The book is filled with practical advice, real-life examples, and easy-to-understand terminology, it is perfect for all new teachers at the beginning of their career in language teaching.

How To Teach series

If you need to deepen your knowledge in training specific skills, look at the books by Scott Thornbury and Jeremy Harmer. These include “How to teach speaking” and “How to teach grammar” by Scott Thornbury; “How to teach listening”, “How to teach writing” and “How to teach reading” by Jeremy Harmer. These fruitful educators answer all possible questions in their books, leaving no space for speculation or second-guessing. Based on the most recent research in language teaching, the books will be a great addition to any teacher’s shelf.

Teaching Lexically by Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley

World-famous educators shed light on the newest and most innovative approach to teaching languages - the Lexical Approach. The book dissects the background, methodology, and practical applications of this approach and presents the information so well, it will convert every reader into a vocal advocate of teaching lexically. It is highly recommended to everyone, especially more experienced teachers, who are looking for new proven ways to make their students speak and improve organically and fast.

Lexical Grammar by Leo Selivan

This book provides a detailed study of the relationship between grammar and vocabulary, focusing оn the important role which chunks play iп textual cohesion and iп fluency, as well as in grammar acquisition. It contains 95 practical activities with clear instructions, rationale, and procedures, which will make every teacher start using the method straight away. We recommend reading it after “Teaching Lexically” to further understand the practical applications of the Lexical Approach

How to Teach Adults by Dan Spalding

A less academic volume with a lot of practical information drawn from the author’s personal experience, this book is a highly entertaining and enlightening read, suitable for all teachers working with adult audiences starting from university students to top managers. The book is full of personal stories which will definitely make you relive some of your experiences and nod your head in understanding and agreement.

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10 Great and Easy English Books You Must Read

Check out some of the following well-known novels. If you’ve got a basic level of understanding and comprehension, these novels aren’t going to be a problem. They’re perfect for any learners who are learning English for beginners!

Set yourself a reading challenge. How many of these books can your read?

1. Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White

This is a lovely novel that all age groups can understand. Aimed at native English speaking children, there are many adults who still say this famous book is their favorite. This is part of the national curriculum in many schools around the world, so it’s quite possible this book will also come up in conversation. You can almost guarantee that the majority of native English speakers have read this book at least once.

2. Mieko and the Fifth Treasure – Eleanor Coerr

This book is not really so famous, but it is on the recommended book list. What’s great about “Mieko and the Fifth Treasure” is that it’s short. At only 77 pages long, this will be an easy read. Again this book is aimed at young native English speakers, so if you’re learning English, the level won’t be so difficult. This book will keep you interested as you’ll learn many interesting things about Japan and its culture.

3. The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

This short novel is perfect for EFL learners. It has modern themes and typical teenage issues that people around the world have experienced. There are very few cultural notes in this, which means you don’t need much background information. The sentences are short and easy to understand. The vocabulary is also very easy. You should be able to read this book without difficulty.

4.  The House On Mango Street – Sandra Cisneros

The great thing about “The House On Mango Street” is that it’s an interesting read. It’s written from the point of view of the writer. You can really feel what the protagonist (the main character) feels. The sentences are really short so it’s also easy to understand. There are a few challenging words and a little bit of descriptive language, but you can usually understand them with the context. Another great thing about this is book is that it gives you a deep understanding of a different culture.

5. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

This story takes place in the present, which means the writer writes using simple grammar. All sentences are short and the vocabulary is relatively easy. The interesting grammar and short paragraphs make this a quick and easy book for ESL learners. This is an award-winning book and on the NY Times best books list, so it’s worth a read. This book deals with some heavy issues. If you’re looking for something light and happy to read over the summer vacation, you should not read this book.

6. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie

Almost everyone knows the story of “Peter Pan” which is why this is an easy read. Being familiar with a story already helps the reader to understand the text better. This book is aimed at children, but it continues to be enjoyed by adults around the world too.

7. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemmingway

This is a famous classic. Almost all native English speakers will have read this book at some point in school. So, if you ever find yourself in a conversation about literature and books, this is a good one to talk about. At some points it has a little bit of difficult vocabulary, however, it is short and you won’t have too much trouble being able to finish it.

8. The Giver – Lois Lowry

“The Giver” begins in a very interesting way and catches the attention of the readers from the beginning. It has easy-to-understand grammar. Most of the grammar is just past simple and past perfect. All of the sentences are short and there is no confusion in the story. This is a longer book. It’s really easy though, so you’ll finish it quickly.

9. Number the Stars – Lois Lowry

This is a realistic novel. It’s based on history. Unlike other historical literature, it’s easy to understand. If you already know a lot of information about World War II, this might be an interesting book for you. It’s not recommended if you don’t know too much about the World Wars. In this case, you will be focusing on trying to understand the facts too much so you will not enjoy the book as much.

10. A Wrinkle In Time – Madeline L’engle

This book has a mix of shorter and longer sentences. The short sentences allow the readers to relax a little bit more. They also create the scene well and let you know what is happening through simple words. There is a lot of vocabulary to learn. It is a good book if you’ve already got experience reading novels in English. Make sure you have your vocabulary notebook with you, just in case there are any cool words that you’d like to learn. This book has MANY!
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PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

Hi, my name is Kseniia! I’m a 20-year-old student getting a bachelor's degree in PR and Advertising. Besides studying PR strategies, analysing new communication ideas, and deconstructing outstanding cases, I enjoy yoga, travelling, and language exchange. Seeing the world, exploring different cultures and my own self bring me a lot of joy and inspiration. All mentioned things are truly important for me, however, none of them appeared to become my occupation, except for the language exchange. I started my career at the age of 15. Teaching English as a tutor was my first part-time job. Each time before the lesson I would feel super important as it was my chance to explain things the way I wanted. I couldn’t even imagine that helping a young girl with her homework and speaking skills would grow into something more significant. Nevertheless, it did. I got a job in an educational company and got a chance to teach not only 1 student but a whole group of them. Being a tutor was a bit challenging as it’s not my major. From time to time I came to realize that my way of teaching wasn’t flawless, that’s why I started using some additional materials to figure out a better way to share knowledge than just spilling the facts.

To begin with, Macmillan books turned out to be the perfect source of exercises and a useful handbook at the same time. The materials are well-structured, explained in detail, and nicely visualized. If the goal is to revise some grammar in a fun but smartly organized way, this book is a must.

Roberto Guzman’s Ted Talk about teaching English without teaching English seemed to inspire thousands of people all over the world and I was one of them. The suggested method makes the lessons easy and understandable and helps to overcome the fear of speaking and making mistakes.

Many times the CAE’s website saved my lessons. Though none of my students intended to pass the CAE exam, free listening materials from the website were always cognitive and gripping.

As for speaking, in my experience, it goes better when students discuss their favourite series. Describing the plot, characters, making assumptions, and arguing immerse people and ease the usage of new vocabulary and grammar.

Attending educational conferences is informative and motivating too. I’m genuinely thankful to EdCRUNCH that I attended as a volunteer for becoming a career boost. When more experienced people advise, it helps a lot. Communicate with your colleagues, network, and exchange experience.

If I could give my 15-year-old self advice, I would have said that it’s okay not to be flawless. Sometimes students don't do homework, forget some things and make mistakes. But all of that is a part of a learning journey and drawbacks don't make you a bad teacher. They show how to grow as a professional.


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