Learn English from Books

Learn English from Books

When learning English, books can be an incredibly useful resource for beginning and advancing students' reading and writing ability as well as being an effective learning tool for verbs, phrases and grammar, to study both without the need for a teacher or to use alongside classroom lessons.

For those learning English as a foreign language there are plenty of options available. When deciding on a study book it is worth considering the author or publisher of the book to ensure its quality and accuracy. The two most prominent study books are produced by England's top two universities; Oxford and Cambridge. With that said, there are certainly some great study books created outside of these publishing houses. It is worth reading reviews or asking fellow students or teachers for recommendations.

Below is a list of the most popular books for learning English for adults. Although listed at different learning levels, many of the books are part of a series covering beginner to advanced.

General English

These books are aimed at giving a general overview of the essentials within the English Language, covering vocabulary, speech, vocabulary and grammar.

Learning English as a Foreign Language For Dummies
Author: Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
ISBN: 0470747471

New English File: Student book series 1-6
Author: Clive Oxenden and others
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
ISBN: 0194518000

Advance Your English
Author: Annie Boradhead
Level: Advanced
ISBN: 052159779


Providing a comprehensive list of English words and their definitions.

Concise Oxford English Dictionary
Author: n/a
Level: All
ISBN: 0199601089

Collins English Dictionary
Author: n/a
Level: All
ISBN: 0007428626


Grammar focused books offer students specific insight into how past, present and future tenses work in context, within the English Language.

Essential Grammar in Use
Author: Raymond Murphy
Level: Beginner
ISBN: 0521675804

English Grammar in Use
Author: Raymond Murphy
Level: Intermediate
ISBN: 0521537622

Oxford English Grammar Course
Author: Michael Swan and Catherine Walter
Level: Advanced
ISBN: 019431250X


Books focused on explaining how students can recognise verbs, how they are used, and when and where to use them.

Collins Easy Learning English Verbs
Author: n/a
Level: Beginner
ISBN: 0007340648

Oxford Phrasal Verbs Dictionary
Author: n/a
Level: All
ISBN: 0194317218

The English Verb: An Exploration of Structure and Meaning
Author: Michael Lewis
Level: Advanced
ISBN: 090671740

Phrase Books

Phrase books focus on the conversational side of English language and are a good resource for students in understanding how sentences and sections of language are constructed and used in context.

Collins Easy Learning English Conversation
Author: n/a
Level: Range from beginner - advanced
ISBN: 0007374739

Lonely Planet British Phrasebook
Author: Elizabeth Bartsch-Parker
Level: All
ISBN: 0864424841

(An ISBN number is a unique index number specific to a book, which can prove useful in locating a book when searching to buy)

Stockists of English language books.

For students wishing to begin purchasing English language books, below are some suggestions of where to start. For the shop front stores, it may be worth phoning ahead to discuss what stock they currently hold. Most book shops will order in for you by request.

Harper Collins
83 Palmerston Road, Walthamstow, East London
020 8521 3177

Grant and Cutler
55-57 Great Marlborough Street, City of Westminster, W1V 2AY
020 7440 3248

203-205 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD
020 7851 2433

LCL International Booksellers Ltd.
104-106 Judd Street London, Euston, WC1H 9PU
0207 837 0486



Publishing houses

For those searching for any specific topics, approaches to learning or style of books not listed above, it may be worth contacting the leading publishing houses to enquire whether they produce the desired product. Below are the top three publishing houses for the English language sector.

Oxford University Press Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX2 6DP http://ukcatalogue.oup.com 01865 556767

Cambridge University Press Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge, CB2 8BS www.cambridge.org 01223 358331

Harper Collins Publishers Ltd. Elsinore House, 77 Fulham Palace Rd, Hammersmith, London www.hapercollins.co.uk 020 8741 7070