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All the books and publications below are available from Swan Books in Upminster.

Below is a list of reference books and dictionaries that I have selected to help you with your studies. I have chosen them for their clearity and usefulness. Each book is available from Swan Books who kindly apply a discount to orders placed from this webpage . Please support a local business !

For the students in my beginners and intermediate classes

French-English Visual Bilingual Dictionary
Paperback
A clear and easy to use visual dictionary where all the words are illustrated with a photograph. The words are organised in topics, not in alphabetical order and the topics range from home, shops, food, sports, transports, the body, the environment, numbers ... A good first dictionary for learning nouns and take with you on holiday.

Collins easy learning French Grammar and Practice
A grammar book with short explanations and clear examples, opportunities for you to test yourself, a glossary of grammtical terms and verb tables. A lot of grammatical points are included here, making this book a good companion to long term studies where all points will be covered eventually.

Schaum's Outlines 578 exercises with answers
Mary Coffman Croker
The exercises are all corrected at the back and the book covers basic grammar such as gender of nouns, adverbs, prepositions, numbers, dates and time, verbs, tenses...
Like all grammar books, this one offers a comprehensive coverage of French grammar, going far beyond the learning requirement of beginners and intermediate classes. However, the grammar is clearly explained. 

French Grammar 11-14 pupil book
Rosi McNab
This book is aimed for GCSE students gain an understanding of basic essential grammar. The explanations are simple and there are lots of practice exercises to allow for progression. The book explains grammar in a clear way.

Collins French Dictionary
Paperback
Collins dictionaries come in all sizes but they are generally very good dictionaries. Swan books has a range of dictionaries and I would advise you to visit the shop to choose the dictionary which will suit you best but if you want a small portable dictionary, this one can be trusted to give you up-to-date vocabulary presented in a clear way.


For my conversation and advanced classes


501 French verbs with CD rom
Baron's Edition
This book covers grammatical points but is mainly a large verb table, very clearly presented. A very practical reference book for advanced students.

Collins French Dictionary
Paperback
Collins dictionaries come in all sizes but they are generally very good dictionaries. Swan books has a range of dictionaries and I would advise you to visit the shop to choose the dictionary which will suit you best but if you want a small portable dictionary, this one can be trusted to give you up-to-date vocabulary presented in a clear way.