Teaching Intermediate English

These resources provide a structure for sequential skill building for intermediate English language learners. Visit VITAL's Volunteer Resources for more tools, tips, and training.

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Audra L.
21st Century Reading 3: Creative Thinking and Reading with TEDTALKS

Laurie Blass
VITAL 428.4 Bla

21st Century Reading provides the ideal forum for English learners to make connections with topics ranging from science to business to global issues. Using TED Talks as the springboard to share ideas, this new four-level reading series shows learners how to understand and respond to ideas and content in English.

199 Really Useful English Phrases and Expressions: for Intermediate-Advanced ESL/EFL Learners

Jackie Bolen
VITAL 428.24 Bol

Speak English like a native speaker with 199 Really Useful English Phrases and Expressions. Have some fun while learning American English!

American Manners and Customs: A Guide for Newcomers

Elizabeth Claire
VITAL 428.24 Cla
Series: American Manners and Customs

All sorts of American manners and customers are explained in simple English for immigrants and high-intermediate English language learners.

Basic Conversation Strategies: Learning the Art of Interactive Listening and Conversing

David Kehe, Peggy Dustin Kehe
VITAL 428.34 Keh

Basic Conversation Strategies explores the power of conversation by training students to be good listeners through more than 67 audio-based exercises.

Dictations for Discussion
- Prolingua publisher
VITAL 428.24 Proling

Dictations for Discussion is an intermediate to advanced level text intended to improve the listening and speaking skills of ESL students. Reading and writing are also reinforced, along with progressions in vocabulary and grammar.

English Conversation

Jean Yates
VITAL 428.34 Yat

English Conversation gives helpful instruction on correct pronunciation, grammar, syntax, and word usage, keeping in mind the typical issues non-native English speakers may experience. 

English for Everyone

Barbara MacKay
VITAL 428.24 Eng
Series: English for Everyone

Practice the vocabulary and grammar learned in previous practice books, as well as new material, with hundreds of exercises, activities, and accompanying audio.

English in Action 2

Barbara H. Foley
VITAL 418.24 Fol
Series: English in Action

English in Action is a four-level, standards-based integrated language learning program that prepares adults for work and academic success. English in Action Level 2 Audio available from National Geographic Learning. 

English Short Stories for Beginners and Intermediate Learners: Engaging Short Stories to Learn English and Build Your Vocabulary

Language Guru
VITAL 428.24 Lan

The stories contained within this book were written with both beginner and intermediate ESL learners in mind, so you'll find plenty of new vocabulary and English grammar to learn without having to worry about the difficulty level. The English short stories feature language used exclusively by native speakers.

English Vocabulary in Use. Upper Intermediate: Vocabulary Reference and Practice

Michael McCarthy, Felicity O'Dell
VITAL 428.24 Vocabul

This text is perfect for both self-study and classroom activities. Quickly expand your vocabulary with over 100 units of easy-to-understand explanations and practice exercises.


Steven J. Molinsky
VITAL 428.24 Mol
Series: ExpressWays

This new, all-color edition of a classic ESL text, the first level of a four-part series, integrates life skill topics, functions, and grammar to help people learn English in practical contexts.

Intermediate English Discussion Topics ESL: Engaging ESL Activities to Develop Conversations, Informal Language and Questioning Skills

Nigel M. Openshaw
VITAL 428.24 Ope

This book comes with three lessons that cover English conversations and discussions for intermediate levels. 

Life Goes On

Ann Gianola
VITAL 428.24 Gia
Series: Life Goes On

Life Goes On is intended to help ESL learners build basic language and reading skills. 15 stories portray diverse characters in interesting, often familiar, and sometimes amusing situations.

Side By Side

Steven J. Molinsky
VITAL 428.34 Mol
Series: Life Goes On

Side by Side integrates conversation practice, reading, writing, and listening in a light-hearted, fun, and easy-to-use format that has been embraced by students and teachers across the globe.

World English 2

Kristin L. Johannsen
VITAL 428.24 Joh
Series: World English

The new edition of four-level World English series brings the most amazing stories about our planet and compelling ideas from around the world to the integrated-skills classroom. World English 2 Student's Book Audio and World English 2 Student's Book Video available from National Geographic Learning. 

I Speak English

Ruth J. Colvin
VITAL 428.24 Col

I Speak English is an ESL resource guide that introduces new teachers to basic techniques and strategies for teaching adults with little to no English experience. The text includes tips for getting started, planning your first meeting, assessing language skills, sample lesson plans, and more.

Teaching Adults: an ESL Resource Book

New Readers Press
- publisher
VITAL 374.012 Tea

This go-to guide for ESL instructors covers the basics of the English language and American culture learning. The step-by-step format provides instruction for teaching adult English language learners in both group and one-on-one settings. It also includes more than 50 ready-to-use activities for teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.