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Top 10 Teaching ESL: Vocabulary Books

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These top choice books are used for teaching English vocabulary to English as a Second or Foreign Language classes. These books can be used to develop activities, complement class exercises or give students extra vocabulary practice at home.

1. NTC's American English Learner's Dictionary

This learner's dictionary provides simplified dictionary of American English, containing over 22,000 words, phrases, and idioms. It also provides a CD-Rom for language work and reference and cross-referencing for vocabulary building awareness.
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2. Basic Vocabulary in Use

This is an excellent self-study book that provides lots of practice interested in learning American English. It is aimed at beginning level students.
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3. English Vocabulary in Use

English Vocabulary in Use is published by a name you can trust: Cambridge University Press. It is aimed at advanced level students and provides an excellent backup resource for study towards the Cambridge Certificates including FCE, CAE and Proficiency.
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4. Vocabulary in Use

This is an excellent self-study book that provides lots of practice interested in learning American English. It is aimed at intermediate level students.
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5. Words for Students of English

Words for Students of English is a six book series devoted to building ESL students' vocabulary from beginning to advanced levels.
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6. Building a Better Vocabulary in Context

The full title of this book is Building a Better Vocabulary by Studying Words in Context. It was written especially for Hispanic students of English as a second language.
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7. Basic English Vocabulary Builder Activity Book

This book provides exercises and answers for building basic English vocabulary. It is very useful as a self-reference book for lower to intermediate level ESL learners.
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8. Common Vocabulary Errors in English

The full title of this book is Common Vocabulary Errors in English and How to Prevent Them. As the title suggests, this book focuses on synonyms and pseudo synonyms in English that can cause confusion. The book is aimed at native speakers and advanced level ESL learners.
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9. Engilsh Vocabulary Cards

Vocabulary cards are always a lot of fun in class. Use these cards to help your students improve their vocabulary while playing related vocabulary games and working in groups.
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10. Check Your Vocabulary For English for Academic Purposes

This vocabulary builder is ideal for those who want to study or are studying currently in an academic setting. While not for all ESL classes, this volume will certainly provide help for classes at universities and community colleges.
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