Pre-Course Reading

If you are on a face-to-face version of the course, you will have access to the British Council's DELTA course library - around 300 volumes, including multiple copies of many of the books which are liable to be in greatest demand. And you'll find a large number of links in the course units to materials which are available on the web. However, we recommend that you start your reading well before the course, in order to remind yourself of the contents of books you have already read during your previous traing courses, or to familiarise yourself with books which you will then want to go back to and study in detail.

It's almost impossible to give a definitive booklist for the DELTA, as there are now so many good books on different aspects of ELT, all of which might be useful. This preliminary list is just a suggestion of some of the books which you might like to have a look at over the summer, if you can get your hands on them. If not, but you have access to other titles, then most methodology books published by OUP, CUP, Longman or MacMillan Heinemann will be worth looking at. And if you can't get hold of anything - don't panic! Concentrate on familiarising yourself with the articles contained in the methodology websites listed after the booklist. The important thing is that you do some background reading on each of the main topics :


  • Methods and approaches in language teaching

  • The psychology of language learning

  • Teaching the language systems : grammar, vocabulary and phonology

  • Discourse analysis

  • Teaching Skills : speaking, listening, reading and writing

  • Classroom Management

  • Testing and Evaluation

As soon as you enrol for the course you will be sent the pre-course tasks, and you can organise your reading around those. This will make it more focused and more likely to "stick".


Books we recommend ...

We would expect you to have read most of the following books during or since your initial training course. It would be worth looking at some of them again before the course starts.


Harmer, The Practice of English Language Teaching (3rd Edition) Longman
Scrivener, Learning Teaching MacMillan
Parrott, Grammar for English Language Teachers: With Exercises and a Key CUP
Harmer Teaching and Learning Grammar Longman
Gairns and Redman Working with Words: A Guide to Teaching and Learning Vocabulary CUP
Kenworthy, Teaching English Pronunciation Longman



In addition, it would be worthwhile having a look at any of the following which you have access to. Many of these will be on the recommended booklists for the three modules of the course. You will receive the exact list on enrolment.


Thornbury About Language: Tasks for Teachers of English CUP
Lewis The English Verb: An Exploration of Structure and Meaning Thomson Heinle
Thornbury How to Teach Grammar Longman
Willis A Framework for Task-based Learning Longman
McCarthy Discourse Analysis for Language Teachers CUP
Scott Thornbury Beyond the Sentence: Introducing Discourse Analysis Macmillan Heinemann
Bartram and Walton, Correction Thomson Heinle
Thornbury How to Teach Vocabulary Longman
Lewis Implementing the Lexical Approach: Putting Theory into Practice Thomson Heinle
Thornbury How to Teach Speaking Longman
Brown and Yule Teaching the Spoken Language CUP
Bygate, Speaking OUP
Anderson and Lynch Listening OUP
White, Listening OUP
Harmer How to Teach Writing OUP
Hughes Testing for Language Teachers 2nd edition, CUP
Richards and Rogers Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching CUP
Lightbown and Spada How Languages Are Learned (revised edition) OUP

And some websites that you'll want to refer to ...

All the following websites contain articles on methodology which are relevant for the DELTA and are highly recommended.

Teaching English
One Stop English

You can also download the book An Action Plan for Teachers (Callum Robertson) which covers the type methodology you might have discussed on an initial training course and which would be useful general revision.