Easy Reader Collection
The Easy Reader Collection is located at the beginning of the Paperback Shelves, (last row of the book stacks on the east side of the library). The readers are written in simplified English and arranged by reading level.
Browse through the books until you find the best level for you. You can check out five books from this collection. The online catalog can show you a list of easy readers. Scroll through the titles until you find something that interests you..
English Language Grammar, Reading, and Writing
There are many books that can help with grammar and writing. They are located in the book stacks. The general call numbers are
If you would like to browse the online catalog for books about specific subjects, select Subject from the drop-down menu,
and type a heading such as:
English language – textbooks for foreign speakers
English language - spoken English
When you are ready to move beyond the Easy Reader Collection, it is time to try reading some of the series books that the library carries. The content of these books is suitable for adults, but the vocabulary and writing style are for middle school or high school levels. To find specific series names, search in the online catalog by typing the series name as a title search. All the books in the series will appear on the screen. The library carries more than 100 series names. Here are just a few that are already linked to the catalog. All you have to do is "Click"!
Point/Counterpoint (social issues)
Social Issues Firsthand (social issues)
American Women of Achievement (biographies)
World Leaders (biographies)
Diseases & Disorders Series (medicine)
Nations in Transition (global studies)
United Nations: Global Leadership (global studies)
The library carries several magazines that are appropriate for the intermediate and advanced student, e.g. Reader’s Digest; People Weekly; Women’s Health.
The CD Collection is located in a cabinet near the reference desk. Look under the category, Language Learning to find CDs that will help you improve your English. You will find only the cover in the display; the actual CD must be checked out from the Circulation Counter. Here are some of the CDs that the library carries:
Accent America Essentials (all levels)
Easy American Idioms (Intermediate)
Easy English Vocabulary (Basic through Intermediate)
Easy Pronunciation (Basic through Intermediate)
English for the Real World (Intermediate through Advanced)
Getting Ahead in the U.S.(Advanced)
Easy Pronunciation (all levels)
Fluent English (Advanced)
ImproveYour American English Accent (Intermediate-Advanced)
Instant Immersion ESL
Ingles en 100 Dias
(for Spanish Speakers)
Ingles Movil (for Spanish speakers)
Ingles Para Conversar (for Spanish speakers)
Pronounce It Perfectly in English (all levels)
(includes Easy Readers, CDs and much more)
The library has many books and CDs to help you with English. If you would like to browse through a list of them, click here on ESLCollection. You can browse through more than 500 items. These materials are not all located in the same place. Ask the librarian to help you.
Magazine, newspaper and journal articles provide current information on many topics.
The following are a sample of the databases that provide some helpful features for the ESL student. You can also search the databases from home, or any off-campus location. You will be asked to enter your name and seven-digit college ID number.
This database specializes in current controversial issues. It gives overviews of topics, magazine articles, images, statistics, websites, links to audio and video files and more. It is appropriate for the intermediate to advanced ESL student, and offers translations and "listen" option for articles. Using the Advanced Search screen, you can seach by content levels and Lexile range.
You can find articles from magazines, newspapers, and encyclopedias. Adjust your search by selecting reading levels from Grade1 to Grade 12. Search by keywords, or browse topics of interest to you. Includes a dictionary for instant vocabulary help!
Ask the librarian how to use the "Topic & Work Overviews" feature. It will help you understand important works of literature, such as novels, short stories, poems, etc. Most articles are available in written translation and in audio ReadSpeaker.
This database is geared for high school reading levels and contains articles from many popular magazines.It also has many biographies of famous people, over 500,000 photos, plus maps, flags, etc. You can search for information by Lexile Reading Level. Most articles provide written translations and a "Listen" feature.
Intermediate ESL students will find articles from many popular magazines here. You can search for the right articles for your reading level by the Lexile reading level indicator.
This database is written for elementary school students. Intended for children, but useful for adults, too.
Reference books are used often by librarians and students, so they cannot be checked out. Sometimes the library also has a copy in the book stacks that can be taken home. A librarian will help you find the best books for your needs. The following are examples of reference books that you might find helpful.
Random House Webster’s Easy English Dictionary (Beginner)
Ref PE1628.R2944 2001 Beginner level vocabulary – basic words,phrases, idioms;
example sentences; vocabulary words for TOFLexam.
American Heritage Dictionary for Learners of English
Ref PE 1628.A6229 2002. Intermediate level vocabulary – clear and precise definitions,
idioms, example sentences, grammar information.
Firefly Visual Dictionary
Ref PE 1629.C67 2002 Illustrationsof 35,000 useful words for home, school,
work; e.g. tools, appliances, clothing, food, body.
Other useful dictionaries
The BBI Dictionary of English Word Combinations
Ref PE 1689 .B46 1997 Essential word combinations; phrasal verbs; help with
unpredictable word combinations.
Barnhart Abbreviations Dictionary
Ref PE 1693 .B3 1995 examples: ADA;DMV; NYPD; UFO; UPS; VIP; etc.
Dictionary of American Idioms
Ref PE 2839.D5 2004 Expressions and phrases taken from real life and based on
how Americans use them; includes example sentences.
Let’sTalk Turkey; the Stories behind America’s Favorite
Ref PE 2839 .O88 2008 examples: “Say uncle”; “cut to the chase”; “keep your shirt
Suggested Books for ESL Students
Manners and Customs
ESL Beginner: English as a second language made nice and easy
American English idioms
by Word; Basic Picture Dictionary
Correct your English errors: avoid 99% of the common
by learners of English
Word strategies: building a strong
101 English verbs: the art of conjugation
Grammar in use intermediate: self-study reference and
students of North American English : with answers
Let's talk 2
Slangman Guide to Street Speak
Word by Word; Picture Dictionary
Barron's English for foreign language speakers: the easy way
Cheater's guide to speaking English like a native
the American accent
& think English
25 business stories: a practical guide for English learners