The NEAB Guide to English Language books

The following guide is reproduced by kind permission of the Northern Examination and Assesment Board and is an extract from their English Language A-level reading list. They describe it as "a list of books that have proved most popular with teachers and best known by students".

For the full version contact NEAB, 12 Harter St., Manchester M15 6EX, England.

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This list is in three sections:

  1. Books For Students To Work From
  2. Books For Students To Read
  3. Books Containing Materials That Can Be Presented Directly To Students

Books For Students To Work From

  • The Language Awareness Project J. Keen Framework Press 1987 ISBN 1850080763
  • Language and Gender A. Goddard Framework Press 1987; Pack 1 - ISBN 185008081X & Pack 2 - ISBN 1850080860
  • A-Level English Language Starter Pack A. Goddard, J. Keen and J. Shuttleworth, Framework Press 1992 ISBN 1850080283

Photocopiable, activity based resources

  • Your Own Words J. Wainwright and J. Hutton Nelson 1992 - Gives opportunities to practise stylistic analysis and commentary in relation to both reading and writing.
  • Researching Language A. Goddard Framework Press 1993 ISBN 1850080283

Advice on projects and investigation

  • Something To Do With Language (1990)
  • Some More Things To Do With Language (1993) Volume 2 - Compiled by D. Hurry and D. Reah. Available from PAVIC Publications c/o Sheffield Hallam University, Collegiate Crescent Campus, Sheffield S10 2BP
  • Varieties of English D. Freeborn, Langford and French. MacMillan 1993 (2nd edition.) ISBN 0333589173 Pb & ISBN 0333589165 HC
  • Explorations in Language A.J. Tinkel C.U.P. 1988 ISBN 0521336066
  • Language in the National Curriculum: Materials for Professional Development - INSET materials devised for teachers of pupils 5 to 16, but which are in themselves an introductory course in linguistics applied to reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • Considering Prose A. Mayne and J. Shuttleworth Hodder 1984

Books For Students To Read

  • A Reference Guide to AS/A Level English G.R. and B Keith Longman 1991 - Written for students, explaining concepts and terminology (both linguistic and literary).
  • The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language D.Crystal - C.U.P. 1988 ISBN 0521424437 - Everybody's favourite; it remains invaluable.
  • The English Language D.Crystal Penguin 1990 ISBN 0140135324 - Good introduction for students.
  • The Study of Language. An Introduction. G. Yule C.U.P. 1985
  • An Introduction to Language and Society M. Montgomery Methuen 1986 ISBN 0415040027
  • Sociolinguistics: an introduction to language and society. - 3rd ed. P. Trudgill Penguin, 1995 ISBN 014023926X
  • You Just Don't Understand D. Tannen Virago 1992
  • Early Language P.A. and J.G. de Villiers Fontana 1979
  • Listen to your Child D. Crystal ISBN 0140110151 - A good introduction for students.
  • Language Change: Progress or Decay? J. Aitchison C.U.P. 1991 (2nd edition) ISBN 0521422833
  • The Story of English R. McCrum et al BBC 1992 - OUT OF PRINT
  • English Language, the Mother Tongue B. Bryson Penguin 1991 ISBN 014014305X
  • Rediscover Grammar D. Crystal Longman 1988

Books Containing Materials That Can Be Presented Directly To Students

  • An Introduction to Language V. Fromkin, R. Rodman Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1988 (4th edition) - American perspective. Lots of lively examples.
  • Language and Social Networks L. Milroy RKP 1987
  • Authority in Language J. and L. Milroy RKP 1989 2nd edition ISBN0415065755
  • Language and Power N. Fairclough Longman 1989
  • Women, Men and Language J. Coates Longman 1986
  • Language, the Loaded Weapon D. Bolinger Longman 1980
  • The Articulate Mammal: an introduction to psycholinguistics. - 3rd ed. Jean Aitchison. London : Routledge 1992 ISBN: 0415083958
  • Language Acquisition P. Fletcher, M. Garman C.UP. 1985 ISBN 0521277809
  • Children's Writing and Reading K. Perera Blackwell 1984
  • A History of the English Language A. C. Baugh and T. Cable RKP l 978 3rd edition ISBN 0415093791
  • A History of English B.Strang Methuen 1970
  • Orality and Literacy W.J. Ong Methuen 1979 ISBN 0415027969
  • Accent, Dialect and the School P.Trudgill Arnold 1975
  • Metaphors we Live By G. Lakoff and M. Johnson University of Chicago Press 1980 ISBN 0226468011
  • How Conversation Works Wardhaugh, R. Blackwell 1985
  • Style in Fiction G.N. Leech. and M.H. Short Longman 1984
  • Seeing Through Language R.Carter and W. Nash Blackwell 1990
  • Investigating English Style D. Crystal and D. Davy Longman 1969