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Top Academic English Teaching Books

Here are a range of top academic English teaching books that we have all used teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP). There are a variety of resources on this page from academic grammar and course books through to EAP Theory. Please note prices will fluatuate so take the price on this page as an approximate guide.

Top Recommended Teaching Books

Grammar Books

Oxford Grammar for EAP (2013)

  • An advanced grammar book from Oxford University Press for international university students studying in English. 20 units, covering items such as noun phrases, verb clauses, and cohesion; suitable for classroom or self-study use. All short texts are drawn from a variety of disciplines, including business studies, economics, computer science, law and social studies.

  • £32.00 Buy Now

English for Academic Study: grammar for writing (2014)

  • English for Academic Study: Grammar for Writing English for Academic Study: Grammar for Writing is a graded, self-study course that will help students improve their academic writing. It will build their confidence in understanding and using grammar for written assignments, so they can write accurate English and communicate more effectively in academic contexts. EAS: Grammar for Writing starts at a relatively low level, recognizing that many students require continuing practice of common grammatical problems in academic writing (such as subject-verb agreement, or the use of present simple and present continuous).

  • £20.00 Buy Now

Writing Books

Academic Writing: a handbook for international students (2017)

  • Academic Writing helps international students succeed in writing essays and reports for their English-language academic courses. Thoroughly revised and updated, it is designed to let teachers and students easily find the topics they need, both in the classroom and for self-study. The book consists of five parts: The writing process, elements of writing, language issues, vocabulary for Writing and writing models.

  • £21.00 Buy Now

Longman Academic Writing Series: essays, with essential online resources (2017)

  • The Longman Academic Writing Series helps develop student writing from basic composition of sentences and paragraphs to academic essays and research papers. At each level, students are offered guidance in the complete writing process from prewriting to revision, and are provided with clear explanations, extensive practice, and consistent coverage of sentence mechanics and grammar.

  • £27.00 Buy Now

National Geographic Great Writing: from great essays to research (2019)

  • The new edition of the Great Writing series provides clear explanations, extensive models of academic writing and practice to help learners write great sentences, paragraphs, and essays. With expanded vocabulary instruction, sentence-level practice, and National Geographic content to spark ideas, students have the tools they need to become confident writers. Updated in this Edition: Clearly organized units offer the practice students need to become effective independent writers.

  • Great Writing 5 (C1) £29.00 Buy Now

  • Great Writing 4 (B2) £29.00 Buy Now

  • Great Writing 3 (B1) £29.00 Buy Now

50 Steps to Improving Your Academic Writing (2012)

  • 50 Steps to Improving Your Academic Writing addresses the challenges facing every student beginning a program of academic study. This comprehensive guide gives you everything you need to write well-constructed academic essays. It is packed full of information that is critical to attaining better marks, including: -how to apply critical thinking skills -how to strengthen your arguments -how to include paper referencing -how to avoid plagiarism 50 Steps has been developed to mirror best practice in academic essay writing: researching, planning, writing and then proofreading an essay.

  • £23.00 Buy Now

Vocabulary Books

Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English (2014)

  • The Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English helps students learn the words and phrases used in academic writing, and how to use them in their own academic written work. With Oxford Academic iWriter online resources.

  • £35.00 Buy Now

Academic Vocabulary in Use (2016)

  • Ideal for students of any discipline, focuses on education, technology and communications. 50 easy-to-use, two-page units give clear explanations of new vocabulary, along with a variety of practice exercises. A comprehensive answer key, and phonemic transcriptions to help with pronunciation, make it perfect for self-study as well as for use in the classroom. This book is designed for students at good intermediate level and above, and is also useful for those preparing for IELTS and university entrance examinations.

  • £21.00 Buy Now

Check Your Vocabulary for Academic English (2007)

  • This workbook features a range of activities to help students learn and revise non-technical English vocabulary, essential for the study of any subject at a UK university. Self-study exercises and practical classroom activities are included, making it easy to revise classroom knowledge at home. Containing a range of word games, crosswords, quizzes and exercises, this workbook will help build vocabulary confidence in a fun, memorable way. Check Your Vocabulary for Academic English is a must-have workbook for all non-native English speakers wishing to expand their language skills

  • £9.00 Buy Now

Academic Phrasebank: an academic resource for students [2020]

  • The Academic Phrasebank is an invaluable writing resource for university students and researchers. It makes available many thousands of commonly used phrases found in academic and scientific writing. The phrases are organised and presented according to the major sections and subsections of a university thesis or dissertation. Research shows that the Academic Phrasebank can be helpful to experienced academic writers as well as those who are new to university studies. It essentially demystifies the process of writing at this level. (Kindle Only)

  • £6.50 Buy Now

PhraseBook for writing papers and research in English (2007)

  • The PhraseBook for Writing Papers and Research gives you a bank of over 5000 words and phrases to help you write, present and publish at university and research level in English.

    Phrases are divided into around 30 main sections, such as Introducing a Study, Arguing For and Against, Reviewing other Work, Summarizing and Conclusions. Many sections are further divided, for example the Relationship to Previous Work and the Limitations of Current Knowledge

  • £23.00 Buy Now

Oxford Academic Vocabulary Practice (2017)

  • Vocabulary practice activities help you learn the key words you need to use when studying any academic subject in English at university level.

  • Lower-Intermediate (B1) £20.00 Buy Now

  • Upper Intermediate (B2-C1) £20.00 Buy Now

CourseBooks

Oxford EAP Coursebook Series (2013)

  • Oxford EAP develops the essential skills and academic language for learners who are preparing to study in English at university level, from foundation courses to postgraduate research.

    With authentic content from Oxford textbooks and videos of lecture extracts, Oxford EAP is an ideal course for learners from a wide range of disciplines. Its clear structure and user-friendly approach make it an ideal resource for experienced EAP tutors as well as teachers who are starting out in the field. You will need to buy a teacher’s book and DVD/CDs.

  • Intermediate (B1) £32.00 Buy Now

  • Upper-Intermediate (B2) £32.00 Buy Now

  • Advanced (C1) £32.00 Buy Now

Cambridge EAP Coursebook Series (2012)

  • A three-level (B1+ to C1) integrated skills course for higher education students at university or on foundation courses. Designed specifically for students preparing for university, this integrated skills course develops the language and real academic skills essential for successful university studies across disciplines. With authentic lectures and seminars, and with language informed by the Cambridge Academic Corpus and Academic Word Lists, the course guarantees that the English and the study skills students learn are up to date and relevant to them. You will need to buy a teacher’s book and DVD/CDs.

  • Intermediate (B1) £19.00 Buy Now

  • Upper-Intermediate (B2) £19.00 Buy Now

  • Advanced (C1) £19.00 Buy Now

Headway Academic Skills: reading, writing, and study skills (2011)

  • Headway Academic Skills can be used independently or alongside a general English course book such as New Headway or New Headway Plus. The course focuses on developing the specific skills required for academic studies and exploring strategies for success in academic learning. It also offers guidance in key study areas and provides plenty of practice to encourage learner independence. You will need to buy a teacher’s book for each course book.

  • Level 1 Pre-Intermediate (A2/B1) £25.00 Buy Now

  • Level 2 Intermediate (B1) £25.00 Buy Now

  • Level 3 Upper-Intermediate (B1/B2) £25.00 Buy Now

Headway Academic Skills: listening, speaking, and study skills (2011)

  • Headway Academic Skills can be used independently or alongside a general English course book such as New Headway or New Headway Plus. The course focuses on developing the specific skills required for academic studies and exploring strategies for success in academic learning. It also offers guidance in key study areas and provides plenty of practice to encourage learner independence. You will need to buy a teacher’s book and CDs.

  • Level 1 Pre-Intermediate (A2/B1) £25.00 Buy Now

  • Level 2 Intermediate (B1) £25.00 Buy Now

  • Level 3 Upper-Intermediate (B1/B2) £25.00 Buy Now

Pathways: reading, writing, and critical thinking (2018)

  • Pathways is a global, five-level academic English program. Carefully-guided lessons develop the language skills, critical thinking, and learning strategies required for academic success. Using authentic and relevant content from National Geographic, including video, charts, and other infographics, Pathways prepares students to work effectively and confidently in an academic environment. You will need to buy a teacher’s book.

  • Book 2 (B1) £23.00 Buy Now

  • Book 3 (B2) £23.00 Buy Now

  • Book 4 (C1) £23.00 Buy Now

Pathways: listening, speaking, and critical thinking (2018)

  • Pathways, Second Edition, is a global, five-level academic English program. Carefully-guided lessons develop the language skills, critical thinking, and learning strategies required for academic success. Using authentic and relevant content from National Geographic, including video, charts, and other infographics, Pathways prepares students to work effectively and confidently in an academic environment. You will need a teacher’s book and audio CDs.

  • Book 2 (B1) £23.00 Buy Now

  • Book 3 (B2) £23.00 Buy Now

  • Book 4 (C1) £23.00 Buy Now

Listening Books

Contemporary Topics with Essential Online Resource (2016)

  • Contemporary Topics expands on its highly respected approach to developing academic listening and study skills. Organized around realistic college lectures, the text guides learners through carefully sequenced activities in skills such as note-taking, focusing attention, intensive listening, and vocabulary building. It also helps students evaluate their interests and explore possible career paths.

  • Book 1 £32.00 Buy Now

  • Book 2 £32.00 Buy Now

  • Book 3 £32.00 Buy Now

English for Academic Study: listening course book with audio CDs (2012)

  • This is a best-selling English for Academic Study (EAS) series. Garnet Education publishes the series in collaboration with practising teachers of EAP from the University of Readings International Study and Language Centre. The EAS series comprises seven separate EAP Course Books, covering the essential skills for English-medium study. The series has been designed for students on pre-sessional and foundation courses within an IELTS range of 5.0 to 7.0.

  • Book 1 £32.00 Buy Now

Lecture Ready: strategies for academic listening, note-taking, and discussion (2006)

  • (2006) Lecture Ready prepares students to deal with academic lectures with skill and confidence. Students attend actual lectures via DVD or video after practice with targeted lecture language. The lectures include elements of natural speech, such as false starts and digressions, to provide practice in maintaining focus on the essential core of a lecture. (B1-B2). You will need to buy the Teacher’s book.

  • Lecture Ready 1: £18.00 Buy Now

  • Lecture Ready 2: £18.00 Buy Now

  • Lecture Ready 3 £18.00 Buy Now

Critical Thinking Books

Critical Thinking Skills: affective analysis, arguments and reflection (2017)

  • This is an essential resource for students looking to refine their thinking, reading and writing skills. Stella Cottrell’s student-centred approach demystifies critical thinking and breaks down a complex subject into manageable chunks. With clear explanations, relevant examples and plenty of exercises throughout, this book helps students to develop their analytical reasoning skills and apply them to a range of tasks including reading, note-making and writing. This text will turn even the most hesitant student into a proficient critical thinker.

  • £16.00 Buy Now

EAP Theory

English for Academic Purposes: a comprehensive overview (2014)

  • A comprehensive overview of EAP and how it is best taught and learnt in a variety of academic contexts. A comprehensive and up-to-date overview of research in the field of English for Academic Purposes, presenting typical and best practice, and providing practical suggestions for developing materials to promote both language and skills.

  • £40.00 Buy Now

EAP Essentials: a teacher guide to principles and practice (2019)

  • With the increase in students joining academic English-language courses, the teaching of English for Academic Purposes is a rapidly expanding profession. There are, however, few specialist handbooks for the practising teacher in this field. Since the publication of the first edition of EAP Essentials, the number of international students joining English-medium undergraduate and postgraduate courses has continued to rise, and this book has continued to play an important role in the induction and continued professional development of EAP teachers around the world.

  • £29.00 Buy Now

English for Academic Purposes: a guide and resource book (1997)

  • English for Academic Purposes provides a comprehensive overview of the field of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for teachers. It not only looks at study skills, but also at other central concerns of EAP, such as needs analysis, syllabus and course design, methodology and materials, learning styles, tests and exams, and academic style and genre analysis. In addition to general EAP, the author also considers subject-specific language and the production of teaching materials.

  • £30.00 Buy Now

Practical English Usage (4th Edition) (2016)

  • 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.

  • £24.00 Buy Now

AEUK number 1 for eap

Academic English UK Resources Website

  • (2022) Over 450 Academic English resources our website. From all areas of academic writing through to listening note-taking skills to reading tests. All topics are contemporary and up-to-date. Membership is the best way to have ‘unlimited’ access to all worksheets & lessons.New material is produced on average every 2 weeks.

  • Teacher Membership £50.00 Buy Now

  • Institutional Membership £100.00 Buy Now

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