Books You Must Read Before Taking CELTA

CELTA or Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (formerly Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is an English training certificate for teaching English to non-native speakers of the English language. It is provided by the University of Cambridge English Language Assessment through select teaching qualification centers around the world.

CELTA is ideal for:

  • New teachers starting their career
  • First-language English speakers and non-first-language speakers
  • Teachers with some experience who want to develop their skills
  • Teachers who want to travel and teach English

(Source: Cambridge Assessment English)

If you are interested in taking CELTA, the following books can help you get through the rigid training with flying colors:

Oxford Practice Grammar: Intermediate

Oxford Practice Grammar: Intermediate

Author/Editor: John Eastwood
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Edition No.: Updated Edition
Publication Date: May 2019

Book Description:

Oxford Practice Grammar knows that students need different types of explanation and practice at each stage of their study. Intermediate gives you more detail with extended practice. Great for the classroom or self-study and covers the grammar students need to know for the Oxford Test of English and B2 First exam.

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Practical English Usage

Practical English Usage

Author/Editor: Michael Swan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Edition No.: 4th Revised Edition
Publication Date: February 2017

Book Description:

Practical English Usage has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Now revised and updated for the fourth edition, it answers the questions that teachers and learners ask about English grammar and vocabulary with clear, corpus-informed explanations and examples.

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Grammar for English Language Teachers

Grammar for English Language Teachers

Author/Editor: Martin Parrott
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Edition No.: 2nd Revised Edition
Publication Date: January 2010

Book Description:

Grammar for English Language Teachers is an ideal reference guide for experienced and trainee teachers who are developing their knowledge of English grammar systems. The book provides practical ideas for planning lessons, with clear explanations. Easy exercises encourage teachers to understand factors affecting grammatical choices, transferring that knowledge to their students. Analysis of real learner errors from the Cambridge Corpus develops teachers’ ability to deal with students’ common mistakes.

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The CELTA Course Trainer’s Manual

The CELTA Course Trainer's Manual

Author/Editor: Scott Thornbury, Peter Watkins
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Edition No.: Teacher’s Edition
Publication Date: September 2007

Book Description:

The CELTA Course is the only CELTA preparation course endorsed by Cambridge ESOL. It provides full coverage of the CELTA syllabus in a ready-to-use course. The CELTA Course is divided into user-friendly sections: * Input sessions (40 units on ‘The learners and their contexts’, ‘Classroom teaching’, ‘Language awareness’, and ‘Professional development’) * Teaching practice * Classroom observation * Written assignments and tutorials * ‘Resource file’ The Trainee Book includes a range of material to be used in input sessions, helpful advice about the course, and a wealth of useful reference material. The Trainer’s Manual includes suggestions on how to best use the material with trainees, as well as help and advice on how to prepare trainees for teaching practice, lesson observations, written assessment and tutorials.

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Teaching English Grammar: What to Teach and How to Teach It

Teaching English Grammar: What to Teach and How to Teach It

Author/Editor: Jim Scrivener
Publisher: Macmillan Education
Edition No.:
Publication Date: June 2010

Book Description:

The perfect companion for both trainees and teacher trainers following courses such as the Cambridge CELTA, and the Trinity Certificate in TESOL, as well as teachers who are unsure of how to present grammar or those who are looking for new ways to present it. Teaching English Grammar aims to combine language information and methodological help in a straightforward, authoritative way and thus help English language teachers prepare and deliver grammar lessons within their syllabus. The book provides teachers with an authoritative and practical handbook on teaching grammar and helps to make preparing grammar lessons easy and straightfoward.

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Learning Teaching: The Essential Guide to English Language Teaching

Learning Teaching: The Essential Guide to English Language Teaching

Author/Editor: Jim Scrivener
Publisher: Macmillan Education
Edition No.: 3rd Edition
Publication Date: May 2011

Book Description:

“Learning Teaching” has been one of the most successful guides to English since it was first published in 1994. Its no-nonsense approach has made it a superb teaching textbook for initial training courses, and also an essential handbook for practising ELT teachers. The third edition has been extensively revised and restructured to take recent developments in ELT into account and now includes a DVD featuring a full lesson being taught as well as demonstrations of practical teaching techniques.

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700 Classroom Activities

700 Classroom Activities

Author/Editor: David Seymour, Maria Popova
Publisher: Macmillan Education
Edition No.:
Publication Date: January 2005

Book Description:

This is a book which does exactly what it says on the cover. It provides a huge instant repertoire of teaching ideas – including both classroom classics that all ELT teachers come to know and love – and fresh new activities at a range of levels from elementary to upper intermediate. The clear organisation of the book makes it easy to cross-refer and supplement your course book or syllabus. All the activities have been classroom-tested – and none of them require photocopying.

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Sound Foundations: Learning and Teaching Pronunciation

Sound Foundations: Learning and Teaching Pronunciation

Author/Editor: Adrian Underhill
Publisher: Macmillan Education
Edition No.: 2nd Edition
Publication Date: January 2007

Book Description:

Sound Foundations is an ideal introduction to the English phonological system and an invaluable resource both for teachers of full pronunciation courses and for those who sould ismply like to improve the quality of their work on pronunciation. It offers information on pronunciation systems as well as practical activities which can be used in pronunciation classes and in regular language lessons. The discovery approach means both you and your students learn through physically experiencing how pronunciation works.

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Teaching Pronunciation (with Audio CDs)

Teaching Pronunciation (with Audio CDs)

Author/Editor: Marianne Celce-Murcia, Donna M. Brinton, Janet M. Goodwin, Barry Griner
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Edition No.: 2nd Revised Edition
Publication Date: March 2010

Book Description:

The second edition includes updates and insights on current research and pedagogical practice that have developed over the last decade. This new edition of Teaching Pronunciation – a reference and activity book in one – has been revised to reflect recent research into the sound system of North American English, as well as new practices in pronunciation pedagogy. Audio CDs with additional examples are now packaged with the book.

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Teaching American English Pronunciation

Teaching American English Pronunciation

Author/Editor: Peter Avery, Susan Ehrlich
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Edition No.: 1st Edition
Publication Date: June 4, 1992

Book Description:

As an ESL teacher, have you looked at the phonetics textbooks on the market and decided that they don’t directly address your needs? Unlike pronunciation books aimed at students of linguistics or at learners of English, Teaching American English Pronunciation has been written specifically for ESL teachers. It doesn’t only give academic descriptions, but also helps you to improve your students’ pronunciation effectively.

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The ESL / ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide

The ESL / ELL Teacher's Survival Guide

Author/Editor: Larry Ferlazzo, Katie Hull Sypnieski
Publisher: Jossey-Bass / John Wiley & Sons Inc
Edition No.: 1st Edition
Publication Date: August 2012

Book Description:

A much-needed resource for teaching English to all learners The number of English language learners in U.S. schools is projected to grow to twenty-five percent by 2025. Most teachers have English learners in their classrooms, from kindergarten through college. The ESL/ELL Teacher?s Survival Guide offers educators practical strategies for setting up an ESL-friendly classroom, motivating and interacting with students, communicating with parents of English learners, and navigating the challenges inherent in teaching ESL students. * Provides research-based instructional techniques which have proven effective with English learners at all proficiency levels * Offers thematic units complete with reproducible forms and worksheets, sample lesson plans, and sample student assignments * The book?s ESL lessons connect to core standards and technology applications This hands-on resource will give all teachers at all levels the information they need to be effective ESL instructors.

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NOTICE: We would like to make it clear that this website is not in any way connected with the University of Cambridge or Cambridge Assessment English; all the books listed above are also not endorsed by them. We came up with the list based on books recommended by some of those who have passed CELTA.