English Learning Books
Depending on what level you’re at in English, and what you’re trying to achieve at this time, will depend which English learning books will be appropriate for you. We’ve got you covered here for all different requirements.
Below are some of the best and most popular English learning books. Many have stood the test of time and have been around for years, with updated editions of course.
We’ve divided the English learning books into three broad categories
– textbook series covering the full range of learning levels
– books that focus on specific aspects of learning, such as grammar or Business English
– reading books specially designed for second language learners
Find out more about each title or series by clicking on the image – many also have a look inside option to explore them further.
These series offer books for learning English at all levels from Beginner to Advanced. Besides the course books there are often a number of additional titles in the series intended to offer extra practice and resources, as needed.
Includes 3 books and 9 CDs covering grammar, vocabulary, exercises, dialogues, study tips, culture notes. There are also free online resources, tests and games. Can be used for self-study or with a teacher.
Focus is on both vocabulary and grammar. There’s a wide range of activities and exercises to reinforce learning. All the essential skills for listening, speaking, reading and writing are covered, and additional material is available online or via an app.
Available: Level 1 Beginner, Level 2 Beginner, Level 3 Intermediate, Level 4 Advanced
Each lesson focuses on a particular area of grammar. Speaking and listening sections reinforce the lesson. There’s a summary reference page for each lesson.
Strong focus is on vocabulary with an online vocabulary trainer, as well as other online resources.
Available: Starter, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper intermediate, Advanced
These are excellent books for learning English as they are comprehensive, have simple explanations and lots of practice exercises.
They are suitable for self-study as well as for use with a teacher, and are probably the best selling English grammar books.
Written by professional accent coaches. You’ll need a mirror handy to check your mouth positions, as shown in the photos, to create accurate sounds. An excellent book, with further audio and video support online.
This series is considered the gold standard for Business English learners. It is aimed at those already working in business and with a reasonably good level of English – the emphasis is on targeted business-related language skills (rather than general grammar lessons) such as writing reports, presentations, meeting notes, emails.
Each unit covers a business theme such as International Marketing or Customer Service, and introduces relevant professional language and communication skills. Texts from the Financial Times are used and interviews feature business leaders and industry experts.
Available: Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced
This series is for students with limited or no prior professional business experience. Broad business topics are covered and there’s also general grammar support too. The books are good for self-study or used with a teacher.
Available: Essential Business Vocabulary Builder, Essential Business Grammar Builder, Business Vocabulary Builder, Business Grammar Builder, Business English Handbook Advanced
This is a range of books specifically designed for those learning English. There’s a wide range of titles to choose from including adapted versions of classics. Below is a selection.
The books are available at different levels of difficulty (CEFR level in brackets):
Beginner – Starter, Level 1 – 2 (A1/1+)
Elementary – Level 3 – 4 (A2/2+)
Pre-Intermediate – Level 5 – 6 (B1/1+)