We can recommend the following books for ESL purposes;
1. American Accent Training (American Accent Training) by Ann Cook; Paperback: 210 pages Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series
The second edition of the highly acclaimed American Accent Training, now on 5 audio CDs, is for foreign-born students and business people working, traveling or studying in the United States and Canada. Through extensive intonation and pronunciation exercises, students learn how to speak with a standard American Accent. At the same time, listening comprehension improves dramatically. Supplementary materials included detailed nationality guides for eight languages (Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Spanish, French, German, Russian and Korean), access to a comprehensive website, and referral to a qualified telephone analyst for an individual diagnostic speech analysis. Also included are colored markers for written exercises, and a mirror to practice accurate pronunciation.
2. English Pronunciation in Use by Mark Hancock; Paperback: 200 pages Publisher: Cambridge University Press
English Pronunciation in Use is a comprehensive reference and practice book for learners of intermediate level and above and can be used by individual learners working alone, or in class. The book focuses on pronunciation for listening as well as speaking and includes both receptive and productive practice. There are 60 easy-to use units with key pronunciation points presented on the left-hand page with a range of exercises on the facing right-hand page. All units are supported with audio material which is available in cassette or CD format. The audio material uses a clear model of a standard British accent for presentation and repetition exercises. In receptive exercises different accents used to give learners the opportunity to listen to a range of English accents. There is a useful reference section including phonemic symbols and sound pairs, a self-diagnostic test, a guide for speakers of specific languages and glossary.
3. Clear Speech Student’s book: Pronunciation and Listening Comprehension in American English (Clear Speech) by Judy B. Gilbert; Paperback: 144 pages Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Clear Speech, 2nd Edition, is a revised and expanded edition of a highly successful and innovative pronunciation course for intermediate and advanced students of English. As in the first edition, the emphasis is on the “musical” aspects of English: rhythm, stress, and intonation. New features of the second edition include: more practice material; more pair practice, allowing more time for speaking and enabling students to receive immediate practical feedback; presentation of sounds within the context of speech patterns, to aid recognition of grammar cues and enhance listening comprehension; reorganization of teaching points, making the interrelationship between the various aspects of pronunciation more obvious. Students learn how to use rhythm, stress, and intonation to provide “navigational guides” for the listener. The emphasis on the relationship between speaking and listening comprehension makes this text uniquely helpful. The Teacher’s Manual contains invaluable, creative ideas for presenting the teaching points, as well as theoretical support. In addition, it contains detailed procedures, additional activities, and an answer key. The Cassettes contain material from many of the exercises as well as the Clear Listening Test. Clear Speech is suitable as a classroom text, for laboratory use, and for self-study.
4. Pronunciation Plus Student’s book: Practice through Interaction by Martin Hewings, Sharon Goldstein; Paperback: 152 pages, Cambridge University Press
Pronunciation Plus helps intermediate-level students of North American English improve their pronunciation through a variety of stimulating listening and speaking tasks. Many of these tasks are done with a partner, giving students the opportunity to interact with their classmates while practicing their pronunciation. The book contains sixty 2-3 page units. Together they address all of the important elements of spoken English: individual speech sounds, stress and rhythm, sounds in connected speech, intonation, and pronouncing written words.
5. Pronunciation Games (Cambridge Copy Collection) by Mark Hancock; Spiral-bound: 112 pages Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Pronunciation Games is a photocopiable resource book for use with students at pre-intermediate level and above. Each activity is designed to raise awareness of an aspect of English pronunciation. The Teacher’s Pages offer clear instructions, background information, and suggestions for adaptation.