Today English is the most commonly used, i.e. spoken, written and listened language, making it extremely popular all around the world. In many countries, it has become the second official language, as they have understood the importance of it in the modern context. This is the reason, why it is also termed as a ‘Universal language’. Considering this, numerous books have been published on the given language, teaching people how to use it in the most effective manner and gain optimum results out of it.
One such book is “Experiencing English” by Dean Curry in 1992. This text was prepared as a reading and speaking practice book for beginning level students of English as a Foreign Language. It is one of the leading texts that have helped both, the students to learn the language, as well as teachers to impart education to them on the same. Even though lesson plan and exercises mentioned in the book are to be presented verbally in a classroom, still the teachers have been given the liberty of giving such exercises to students in the form of assignments. The reading selections are to be considered as the principal information source. Illustrations mentioned in the book have a sole purpose of confirming or strengthening the information that has been presented in the form of text in the book. This book has been considered to be one of the best books to learn about the language and gain fluency in terms of reading, writing and speaking the language.
Another such book was written by David Freeman and Yvonne Freeman in 2007, titled “English Language Learners: The Essential Guide”. Here the two authors on learning English language showed mainstream teachers a large number of settings and set ups that they can use to support growth and enhancement of the language in terms of content. In addition to it, they can also try to organize the curriculum around various kinds of themes, and be able to extract information on the basis of learners’ primary language and the culture they may belong to. Furthermore, teachers can also try to emphasize a lot on meaningful readings, writings and thus be able to develop English as secondary language among individuals. It is one of the best books for learning the language, not only because of reason that it is developed and written by two experts on the field, but also because it guides teachers on the best ways they can adopt to provide learning to students on the language and become proficient in it.
In “Getting Started with English Language Learners” by Judie Haynes in 2007, the author attempts to inform readers about various practical resources that educators can use in order to impart or instill English language among the learner(s). By understanding ways in which students learn a second language on the basis of differentiated instructions that they might receive in order to review or even practically implement practical strategies. This way, the book states that teaching newcomers to the language can be taught with great ease and comfort and their control over English can be improved slowly and gradually. Through this book, the author tries to identify and recommend some ways through which new teachers to English as a second language can make their work proficient and also be able to provide effective and efficient learning to the students.
Another book was written by Jie Zhang in 2009, titled “Improving English Language Learners’ Oral and Written Language through Collaborative Discussions”. This book is considered to be one of the most effective ways to learn the language because it conducted a primary research on the topic, wherein 75 Hispanic students from fifth-grade classrooms were involved in the study. This allowed the author to present some live and raw examples related to the topic, as well as various problems that may have to be faced while delivering education to students on English language to make them proficient in all aspects of the language.
In book “English as a Second Language and Naturalistic Learning” by Stefan Prahl in 2007, is a theoretical study of language acquisition. In the final chapter of the book, various approaches to teaching English as a second language have been described. It is specially very useful and effective for teachers in German schools as they would get thorough information on the ways they can teach English as a second language to their students.
Similarly, authors Neil Mercer and Joan Swann in their book “Learning English: Development and Diversity” 1996, state that English is an international language which can be learned easily and comfortably in a wide variety of settings and lookouts. In this book, an analysis of different processes used in learning and acquiring English language has been discussed. In addition to it, meaning and understanding about what it feels like to learn the given language also has been discussed in the book. Furthermore, a special place has been given in the book to evaluate English as a part of formal education; as well as some issues that have surrounded the teaching of English.
Kate Menken in his book “English Learners Left Behind” in 2008 discusses about how high stakes tests that were made compulsory by ‘No Child Left Behind’ have emerged to become a prime policy in US’s education system, especially in that of the schools. The book provides an in-depth analysis of how these tests have contributed to development of school and other educational institutions’ curriculum and instructions; as well as the various ways in which these tests are affecting daily lives of learners of the English language along with teachers who provide the same.
In book “Literature based instructions with English language learners” 2002, the authors Nancy Hadaway, Sylvia Vardell and Terrell Young, use a literature-based approach to understand how children learn language and how it is taught in today’s diverse classrooms. The material is based on the belief that literature offers the most effective instructional approach for English language learners. Carol Chapelle in his book “English Language Learning and Technology” 2003 discusses about the impact of recent developments in technologies used in teaching English as a second language on applied linguistics. The book primarily focuses on English language learning, in addition to recognizing different areas of interconnection among both technologies used for teaching and the applied linguistics.
Yoshiyuki Nakata, in “Motivation and Experience in Foreign Language Learning” 2006 sheds light on the process of development of different motivations intrinsic in nature and the necessity of learning a foreign language to non-English-speaking individuals. Moreover, it also investigates the relationship between educational experiences of the learners and ways to develop motivation among such individuals in these kinds of situations. In the book, different sources of education psychology and philosophy also have been discussed. Additionally, the author also has shed light on findings of research studies that consisted of qualitative or interpretative and quantitative approaches. In such investigations, EFL students of Japanese universities were involved.