Top Vocabulary Books for Teaching ESL

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.

This learner's dictionary provides a 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.

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

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.

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

Words for Students of English is a six book series devoted to building ESL students' vocabulary from beginning to advanced levels.

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.

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.​

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.

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.

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.