​Recommended reading list

These are the books on our required reading list for the Trinty CertTESOL. You are advised to buy a copy of each book and read through them before your course starts. Do not worry if you do not understand everything as much of the material in the books is covered in input sessions on the course. We want to be sure that you know your way round the books, and you should be familiar with the basic ideas before starting.

Learning Teaching - Jim Scrivener (3rd Edition 2011)

This is a methodology book. It will give you lots of very useful information about how to make your lesson a success. You will also learn how to approach different types of lessons, such as grammar lessons, speaking lessons, vocabulary lessons and so on. You will find many practical ideas that you can use from your first lesson. You will also see many of the ideas in action when you observe our teachers too.​

Sound Foundations - Adrian Underhill (2nd Edition 2005)

The other aspect of the course that trainees often worry about is phonology. What is phonology? Why do I have to learn it? How can I teach it? These are common questions. The good news is that this book takes you through the whole phonology syllabus step-by-step. It is clear, concise and full of lots of practical activities that will help you to learn about every aspect of the sound system of English and how to teach it. We will refer to this book throughout the programme.

Practical English Usage - Michael Swan (3rd Edition 2005)

This book provides very explanations in clear English of every aspect of grammar and highlights the most common grammatical problems experience by learners. 


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