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English Textbook for Adults

  • 1.  English Textbook for Adults

    Posted 08-11-2018 02:16
    Edited by Michael Kuziw 08-11-2018 02:23
    I recently had a staff member (ELL) ask me what textbooks I could recommend for speaking and grammar practice. Adult teaching is out of my scope, so I thought I would send a request out to the ether. Is there a resource or a compiled list of recommended textbooks for Adults?

    Specifically, I cannot say what the ELL's English level is, but I do know that 10 years have probably passed from any previous formal studying (6 years total), so we're looking at a CEFR B1 or B2 (Low-intermediate).

    If it helps to narrow the scope, the ELL is a native Japanese speaker working at an elementary school.

    Cheers and hope to get your thoughts.


    Michael Kuziw
    Fukui City Board of Education

  • 2.  RE: English Textbook for Adults

    Posted 09-11-2018 08:34
    Michael, hello!

    Don't laugh, but for many years, I've had outstanding success with self-starters using some old grammar workbooks from the 80s by Allen Kent Dart. There were two volumes, ESL Grammar Workbook 1 (and 2): For Intermediate Speakers and Writers of English as a Second Language. Although I don't have them in front of me here at work, I believe they were Prentice-Hall. Their layouts are dry and the sequencing is useful, especially for self-guided work, and some very useful overviews of rules can be found sprinkled throughout both volumes. I found old copies on Amazon. Students and I have found the tables of contents especially helpful, as the descriptors allow one to pinpoint precisely which aspect of language needs work, and get right to it. There is also a valuable table of Irregular Verbs in English, with simple present, simple past, and past participles in columns my students have treasured for many years. I keep a copy in a set of slipsheets hanging up in my office, and it gets a lot of use every year in school.

    Best of luck on the hunt!

    Linda F. Jacobsen, PhD
    K-12 ESL Teacher
    Riverview Gardens School District
    St. Louis, Missouri, USA

  • 3.  RE: English Textbook for Adults

    Posted 10-11-2018 02:51
    Pro lingua has two grammar practice books that I like for communicative practice. They’re not textbooks. One is Shenanigames, which has all kinds of games and activities that practice different grammar points, from basic to advanced. The other I think is called Grammar Practice maybe? It’s got worksheets and pair work activities and covers a wide range of grammar points. Both books are photocopiable, so you only need one copy for a department. There’s also a small book called Grammar Troublespots, which I think is put out by Cambridge. This can work as a handbook for review/extra practice for intermediate level students. Of course, the Azar books are classics, divided into three levels and full of communicative activities and clear grammar explanations. I like that Azar includes all four skills to help students integrate and recognize the grammar they are learning in communicative experiences. Azar could be used as a textbook. Hope it’s helpful!

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  • 4.  RE: English Textbook for Adults

    Posted 09-11-2018 10:45
    Pearson used to have a Phonics book for Adult Newcomers.  The book was very basic but beautifully illustrated with adults in common situations.,  It developed vovab, as well as conversation skills with a variety of common phonics sounds.  I looked on the website but the only Newcomer book I saw was for kids.  I will keep looking for you!!!!  I have a copoy but it is packed because I am moving!

    Lynore (currently in Oklahoma but soon to be in FLORIDA!!!!)

    Lynore M. Carnuccio
    Adjunct Instructor,
    University of Central OK
    The Language Company
    Edmond, OK

  • 5.  RE: English Textbook for Adults

    Posted 12-11-2018 03:05

    Hi Michael,

    I don't know if this is what you need, but you decide.   Here's a grammar book that might be appropriate for your Intermediate Level class.  ISBN Number:  9781-5249-627-08.  The book title-Beginner English Grammar Guide for English as a Second Language Students.  You can order it from KindallHunt online  The book is sufficient to use for a single student or as a supporting material for a stand-alone English Grammar Class-for adult ESL students.  Enjoy your students.

    MerriLee Leonard
    Adjunct:  NVCC

  • 6.  RE: English Textbook for Adults

    Posted 12-11-2018 03:32
    These texts are all fantastic suggestions!

    I will see which ones are available for sale in Japan and also double-check the libraries as well just to get a better idea of what I'm looking for.

    Sorry to be vague in my description. I understand more than before the importance of selecting a good book with the consideration of what books have already been suggested. The local English learners I tend to ask use domestically produced texts and within that there is a strong focus on testing, mostly for TOEIC.

    That being said, many thanks again and I hope to be of service to you all someday myself.


    Michael Kuziw
    Fukui City Board of Education