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The world has changed and so have the ways in which we communicate and connect with each other. As we adapt to a new normal and stay safe at home practicing social distancing, let us take this opportunity to polish our English language skills.
Most of us know to reach for ‘Wren and Martin’ when we have any kind of English problem, but what other good books are there to help us better our English grammar and vocabulary?
Oxford University Press, in its endeavour to promote excellence in education and research by publishing worldwide, recommends the following titles as part of its vertical ‘English Language Teaching for Adult Learners’ to master the language that you require in all that you do.
Whether it’s preparing for competitive exams, or minimising common day-to-day errors, or just further sharpening your grammar, the following list caters to all.

Here are 5 great books to polish your English language skills:

– by Audrone Rakauskiene, Irena Ragaiiene, Ramute, emaitiene and Santanu Sinha Chaudhuri
The series consisting of separate books for IELTS Academic and General Training is designed to meet the needs of learners preparing for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
This series covers all four sections of the test, including Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. It also includes audio and video components.

– by John Eastwood
Written by a British grammarian with over four decades of authorship experience, this book keeps in mind the particular needs of Indian learners of English, and provides updated grammar rules and information about usage, along with examples tailored to Indian contexts and exercises for practice, all of which support learners towards achieving accuracy in their use of English.
With over 170 grammar topics explained in concise and informative chapters, this book makes learning grammar easy and interesting for both self-learners, such as professionals and exam aspirants, as well as for classroom teaching.

– by Shefali Ray, Samathmika Balaji and Simran Luthra
This series consists of three books catering to three levels of English Elementary, Pre-intermediate and Intermediate.
Mapped to the international language framework known as CEFR, these books help learners boost their all-round knowledge of English, including the four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) along with grammar and vocabulary.
The engaging exercises and activities in this series allows learners to enhance their real-life usage of English while enjoying the process of learning.

– by Sabina Pillai
Speaking English is sometimes the most difficult skill, even for people who have good reading and writing skills. This book helps the learner sharpen their spoken language in various situations, such as their personal, professional and social worlds.
It comes with audio and video components built into an interactive Smart Tutor along with quizzes in the Areal app.
With sections on spoken grammar and spoken vocabulary, this book is a complete resource for someone looking to speak English better in their daily life.

– by Saumya Sharma
The book is not just about common errors. It includes some cleverly deceptive mistakes, which we commonly make, including often-mispronounced words.
It also covers grammatical errors, frequently used and confused expressions and faux pas that are made unknowingly.
This book can surely act as a worthwhile guide, a fact-checking resource and an easy-to-use reference tool. It will be of immense support in basic writing skills.

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