If you want to do well in the IELTS exams, invest in some good books. They may be expensive but, good quality books can always be resold on eBay or at your college or university. Better still – get one of these out of the library!
1. IELTS Trainer
- Brilliant step by step guide
- Answers clearly explained
- Quite difficult BUT the IELTS exam is DIFFICULT
- Expensive but worth it!
2. The IELTS series (1-10)
Probably the most famous IELTS books in the world!
- These books are full of exams and answers
- They don’t explain HOW or WHY about the answers
- A good way to start studying for IELTS exams
- Some nice samples of student writing at the back of each book.
3. Cambridge Official IELTS exams
- Step by step instructions on each part of the exam
- Lots of material and activities to do
- Great listening sections
- Quite DIFFICULT
4. Official IELTS practice materials
- IELTS exams that are on A4 paper!
- Authentic practise papers
- Not much help with technique here
- A great place to start your IELTS studies
5. Teach yourself IELTS reading – Richard L King
- Simple and valuable techniques to develop reading.
- Great value for money!
- Good synonym and antonym sections at the back
Know any more good books for IELTS. We’d love to hear from you!
Teaching IELTS? An old pro? A newbie? Here are my top five books for teaching IELTS.
1. Instant IELTS – Guy Brook Hart
- Great worksheets for different levels
- Activities for listening, reading, speaking and listening
- 2 complete exams
- Brilliant teacher’s notes – perfect for beginner IELTS tutors!
2. IELTS Resource Pack – Jon Marks
Really wonderful activities and worksheets that prevent students from getting bored.
- Interesting and engaging communicative activities
- Great listening section that uses information from the students themselves
- Great book to dip in and out of and support a bigger course
3. Cambridge Vocabulary for IELTS
Broken into sections that deal with various topics, Cambridge Vocab for IELTS is an extremely useful book. You can use the worksheets in class but they’re a bit traditional, so they’re better for homework.
- Lots of focused vocab learning
- Great academic vocabulary section at the back.
4. Cambridge Objective IELTS
This is an intermediate course book that you could work through with your students. Some of the readings are a bit dull (but then IELTS readings generally are) and some of the activities aren’t very engaging BUT, there are some really good exam sections that explain how different parts of the exam work.
- Really good exam technique sections
- Lots of activities to keep students busy
5. Teach yourself IELTS: Reading – Richard L King
- Simple and valuable techniques to develop reading
- Great for homework or self study
- Simple and easy to use
What other IELTS resources do you use? Leave a comment!!
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