TEFL Book Reviews


Searching Amazon.com for TEFL books will get you about 400 results. With so many books on the subject, it can be difficult to choose.

Here are some books that I recommend. Some of them are ideal for teachers just starting out. Others are useful reference books or provide inspiration for classroom activities.

Click on each recommendation’s title to read a detailed review.


TEFL Books to Make You a Better Teacher Abroad


Teaching English as a Foreign Language For Dummies

TEFL Book: TEFL for DummiesTEFL for Dummies is a comprehensive, well written book. If you are familiar with other books in the “for Dummies” series, you know that they are not really dumbed down books. I consider them typically well written and organized with useful information on the book’s subject. TEFL for Dummies is mainly written for people who are starting out.

Why I recommend it?

Although this almost 400 page book is written mainly for beginning TEFL teachers, I consider it also a good refresher for more experienced professionals.

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The ESL / ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide

The ESL/TEFL Book: ELL Teachers Survival GuideThis book is full of practical strategies that can be immediately implemented in the classroom. Experienced English teachers will benefit from this book as much as people who are just starting out. It is well organized and includes much relevant information about teaching English as a second/foreign language.

Why I recommend it?

The strategies outlined in this 336 page book clearly demonstrate the knowledge of author. Larry Ferlazzo has not only vast experience teaching in a classroom, but also as a writer. He has written six books about teaching and classroom management.

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Learning Teaching: The Essential Guide to English Language Teaching

TEFL Book: Learning Teaching: The Essential Guide for EL TeachingThis book has been around for more than 20 years and is still one of the most popular ones. There is a DVD included with all the sample lessons as well as demonstrations of the teaching techniques taught in the book.

Why I recommend it?

This is the most comprehensive, well written TEFL book I have read. It helps beginners with a structured approach and many samples on DVD as much as it is a reference manual providing inspiration and ideas for experienced teachers.

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700 Classroom Activities

TEFL Book: 700 Classroom ActivitiesThe title of this book says it all. It is chock full with activities that will make your lessons fun, engaging, and exciting for your students.

Why I recommend it?

Even seasoned TEFL teachers will find many new activities in this book. Whether you need a last minute filler or look for an entertaining activity to complement your topic, you most likely will find it in this book. And best of all, none of the activities need to be photocopied or require any material.

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Text Chat Activities: A Resource Book for Language Teachers

Text Chat Activities: A Resource Book for Language TeachersThis book is a fresh breath of air amidst so many (partially outdated) English language books. The author, Mark J. Oliver, a seasoned English language teacher, has written a book that is chock-full of fun communication exercises that leverage what students like to do: chatting on phones and computers.

Why I recommend it?

Getting students attention is best done with something they enjoy doing…and in today’s world, students simply LOVE chatting on their phones and computers. This book leverages this and lists many different activities that will capture and keep your student’s attention.

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