Resources for Teachers

Resource Books For Teachers

Five-Minute Activities: A Resource Book of Short Activities
Penny Ur and Andrew Wright (1992, Cambridge)
A book to fill those gaps in class with something relevant to any lesson topic. These can be used as are or adapted to the learning focus.

Pronunciation Games
Mark Hancock (1995, Cambridge)
Intonation, word and sentence stress, phonemes, and much more – all made into interactive games, accessible for a variety of class sizes.

Inside Track to Successful Academic Writing
Andy Gillet and Angela Hammond (2009, Longman).
From Andy Gillet, the creator of the popular academic English website, and Angela Hammond – this book covers anything you could think of about how to plan, write, edit, and review a variety of formal writing forms.

Vocabulary Activities
Penny Ur (2012, Cambridge)
Another resource from Penny Ur packed with easily replicable activities of varying lengths. Also has a CD-ROM with pictures and templates for download.

Real Lives, Real Listening (Advanced)
Sheila Thorn (2013, Collins)
A variety of activity types to help students gain a broader comprehension of English accents and dialects. Students can learn to listen to the varied intonation, connected speech and colloquialism we can find in the English language.

Real Lives, Real Listening (Intermediate)
Sheila Thorn (2013, Collins)
The next level down of this series. Also contains a CD-ROM and book with tapescripts that can be a great resource for teachers and students alike.

Real Lives, Real Listening (Elementary)
Sheila Thorn (2013, Collins)
The lowest level of this series, but still packed with excellent authentic conversations in which we get to know characters from places as varied as the Caribbean and New Zealand.

English File Beginner Teacher’s Book
Christina Latham-Koenig, Clive Oxenden, and Paul Seligson (2012, OUP)
This accompanies the popular English File series, but is particular useful for the sheer volume of very useful photocopiable material, including: dialogues, worksheets, crosswords, information gap activities, and much more.

First Explorers
Charlotte Covill, Mary Charrington, Paul Shipton, Nina Lauder, Suzanne Torres, Shona Evans and Sarah Philips (2012, OUP)
Bringing the real world into the classroom, this book helps young learners see that learning is fun even as it is challenging.

Oxford Discover
Lesley Koustaff, Susan Rivers, Kathleen Kampa, Charles Vilina, Kenna Bourke (2013, OUP)
Using enquiry-based learning methods, students go on a quest and learn English at the same time.

Project Pack
Project Pack (Forthcoming)
Based on a task-based learning methodology, the Project Pack has 18 fun and engaging activities through which English is learned.

Family and Friends
Naomi Simmons, Tamzin Thompson and Jenny Quintana (2010, OUP)
A reassuring and foundational book for young learners to ease their way into learning English as a second or foreign language.

Nicholas Tims and James Styring
Designed to hold teenagers’ attention, this book has quirky topics and integrates YouTube videos and other up-to-date topics and media.

World Quest
Diana Pye, Paul Shipton and Karen Saxby (2013, OUP)
A story, broken up into episodes and featuring projects, audios and relatable material for teenage learners.

Grammar Games and Activities
Peter Watcyn-Jones and Deidre Howard-Williams (2001, Longman)
A book that aims to make grammar engaging and fun for learners through a wide range of activities and games.

Vocabulary Games and Activities 1
Peter Watcyn-Jones (2004, Longman)
A book to cover vocabulary in a more interactive and entertaining way through games and activities of all kinds.

Word Knowledge
Cheryl Boyd Zimmerman (2008, Oxford)
A book for teachers to learn how to teach vocabulary more effectively, but also contains multiple ideas for teaching in every chapter.

Elementary Communication Games
Jill Hadfield (1987, Nelson)
A classic book, though slightly out-dated, with a plethora of games to aid students in communicating with one another. All photo-copiable.

Reading Games
Jill Hadfield (1995, Nelson)
If you’ve ever wondered how to make reading fun, then this book can show you lots of activities to engross the learner.

Tips for Teaching Culture: Practical Approaches to Intercultural Communication
Ann C. Wintergerst and Joe McVeigh (2011, Pearson)
This book emphasises the importance of teaching culture in the classroom and giving space for students to learn about it. It includes dozens of ideas to make this easier to do.

Web Resources For Teachers
A ton of quizzes and crosswords including bilingual ones from many different languages. Testing grammar, vocabulary and more.
Resources for teachers and practice for students, specifically for the FCE exam.
Teaching resources, word of the month and grammar and usage.
This site has numerous recordings of different native speakers from all around the world. It is a real advert for the importance of World English and can be used for pronunciation development too.
Podcasts at different levels and especially focussed on business English.
An award winning podcast for advanced learners. Covers subjects of all kinds.
For a medium length audio clip to stimulate discussion and improve extensive listening, BBC’s 6-minute English can be used both in class and as an outside-of-class resource.
Understand better the meaning of word and the nuances that determine word choice.
An archived section of the old BBC Learning English site, but with comprehensive coverage of all sounds in the English language. It has accompanying videos and exercises for practice.
Based on the well-known book of the same name, this website has clickable minimal pairs for students who struggle to distinguish them in reception or production.