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Top 8 Essential Advanced Level English Learner Resources

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Every advanced level English student needs a few important resources. Each student should have a course book, a learner's dictionary, a grammar and exercise book and a vocabulary building resource. This guide provides recommendations on top quality resources for each of these categories for both learners of American English and learners of British English.

1. Advanced Grammar Book

This advanced grammar book is excellent for TOEFL level learners and those bound to study at university in North America. Grammar is illustrated using texts pertaining to North American life, as well as detailed explanations of advanced English grammar concepts and exercises.
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2. Practical English in Use

This is one of the classic grammar texts covering both British and American English grammar. It is often used by TEFL teachers as a reference guide to difficult grammar points when preparing for classes. It's the perfect grammar learning tool for advanced level English learners.
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3. American Heritage Dictionary for Learners of English

The American Heritage® Dictionary for Learners of English is especially designed to suit the needs of ESL students. With an up-to-date word list and definitions adapted from The American Heritage® Dictionary databases, abundant sample sentences and phrases, and an easy-to-use alphabetic pronunciation system all provide an excellent learning tool.
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4. Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

The standard in British English, the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary provides the ideal tool for English learners who wish to take any of the Cambridge advanced exams (FCE, CAE and Proficiency). Dictionary includes a learning CD-ROM with helpful resources and exercises.
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5. How to Build a Better Vocabulary

This book was written with native English speakers in mind, and as such should be used by upper level English learners. It includes helpful techniques to improve vocabulary learning skills as well as resources dedicated to helping you learn the history of words.
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6. Vocabulary for Dummies

From the famous 'for Dummies' series, this vocabulary guide provides a strong vocabulary guide for English learners and speakers. Clear, simple instructions as well as a simple, humours style makes this vocabulary book an excellent resource for upper level English as a Second Language students.
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7. Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

This excellent reference volume was written with native speakers in mind and provides a top level opportunity for understanding the more difficult aspects of the English language including idiomatic usage, academic usage, technological English and much, much more.
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8. American Accent Training

"American Accent Training" by Ann Cook provides a self study course that is sure to improve any advanced level student's pronunciation. This course includes a course book and five audio CDs. The book includes all the exercises, quiz material and reference material that are found on the audio CDs.

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