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  • 1.  English Textbook for Adults

    Posted 08-11-2018 02:16 AM
    Edited by Michael Kuziw 08-11-2018 02:23 AM
    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 AM
    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 AM
    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 03-10-2022 08:51 AM
    Hello!  I, too, have found that older textbooks have a much better result for adult learners.  I tried the Venture series by Cambridge but.....Adults no longer have the natural language ability that humans are born with so the techniquers of this series and many other series of ithis non-academic kind designed for younger learners (even high school) fall short.  The adult learner is not an older high school learner!  The adult learner has also often forgotten the basic grammars of their L1 (the adverb modifies the verb, ........)They need language they can use today.  They are not insterested in too many games or card playing or other "cute" American culture techniques.  Although these games can help momentarily with specific skills and keeping interest, they are not an ongoing, global package.  I hope that my adult learners leave the classroom with a new language "something" every day.  Consequently I find the Molinsky/Bliss Side by Side series to be the most impactful.  It is designed for the non-academic learner.  The pictures are designed for the adult eye.  The exercises are designed to fulfill the cognitive learning needs of the adult learner.  They teach with "chunk" language.  The Side by Side series is now sold by Pearson (was Longman long ago).  If the student is headed for a more academic environment, once the basic language footing is in place, the more academic series (and there are many - Ventures may be one). could be useful.

    Georgia Irre
    Program Coordinator
    United States

  • 5.  RE: English Textbook for Adults

    Posted 09-11-2018 10:45 AM
    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

  • 6.  RE: English Textbook for Adults

    Posted 12-11-2018 03:05 AM

    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

  • 7.  RE: English Textbook for Adults

    Posted 12-11-2018 03:32 AM
    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