From time to time a student will ask me for some reading suggestions. As a result, I have decided to post some book ideas. I tried to provide a reading list for every ESL level. I also included some links to some short stories that can be read online. The reading lists can be printed (some of them are long). Or, if you wish, write down a few ideas of things to search for in your local library. Ask your local librarian to help.
Beginning Reading List
Short Stories for Beginners 1
Short Stories for Beginners 2
ESL Intermediate Reading List
Short Stories for Intermediate Learners
ESL Advanced Reading List
Short Stories for Advanced Learners
More Suggested Reading 1
More Suggested Reading 2
More Suggested Reading 3
When learning a language, a dictionary is an absolute must. For many years, when it came to using a dictionary, you only had a couple of options, and all them involved carrying around a big, thick book everywhere you went. Today, however, there are many dictionaries online that you can use from your computer or even cellphone.
But which online dictionary should I use? There are so many to choose from.
Well, the folks at waketech.com have an answer for you.
To review which online dictionaries are most helpful, click on this link:
"The present continuous (also called present progressive) is a verb tense which is used to show that an ongoing action is happening now, either at the moment of speech or now in a larger sense. The present continuous can also be used to show that an action is going to take place in the near future. Read on for detailed descriptions, examples, and present continuous exercises."
To continue reading about the Present Continuous tense and to practice using this tense, click HERE
[This excerpt comes from www.pitt.edu (see link below)]
First, the bad news. . .
There are billions of sentences out there that we might have to understand.
Next, the good news. . .
All sentences fall into just four categories.
To read more about these four types of sentences click on this link: SENTENCE TYPES.
To practice identifying the different types of sentences, click on the links below:
"The simple past is a verb tense that is used to talk about things that happened or existed before now. Imagine someone asks what your brother Wolfgang did while he was in town last weekend.
To read more about the Past Tense, how to formulate it, how to make it negative, and how to make a question, click here.
To practice the past tense, click on the following:
Past Tense Practice 1
Past Tense Practice 2
Past Tense Practice 3
[The excerpt below is taken from partsofspeech.org]
Part of Speech Overview
In the English language, words can be considered as the smallest elements that have distinctive meanings. Based on their use and functions, words are categorized into several types or parts of speech. This article will offer definitions and examples for the 8 major parts of speech in English grammar: noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective, conjunction,
preposition, and interjection.
To read about each of the 8 parts of speech, click this link: partsofspeech.org
Or, click here
Here are some great exercises that you can use to practice identifying parts of speech.
How do you learn new English words? Here are some suggestions for increasing your English vocabulary.
Further Reading on the topic:
Enhance My Vocabulary.com
[Excerpt below taken from article entitled "Top 12 English Grammar Tips for Mastering the Language" by Katyaryabova]
Say this word out loud and at least one English student in the room will tremble!
Let’s face it: studying English grammar isn’t always fun. It can be complex, difficult and sometimes even boring.
Yet, we all keep learning and practicing the English grammar rules. Why? Because grammar knowledge is essential for communicating in English.
Proper English grammar is one of the foundations of language proficiency. It’s necessary for your writing, speaking and comprehension.
But here’s the good news: mastering English grammar isn’t impossible.
In fact, with a few essential grammar tips, you can overcome many of the obstacles that English learners face.
In this post, we’ll explore our top 12 tips for understanding English grammar and avoiding common mistakes. You’ll come out on top in the trickiest situations!
To see these 12 tips, click here!
What Is a Resume? [Excerpt below is from www.thoughtco.com; link included below]
A resume is a compilation of your work experience, academic experience, and accomplishments. Resumes are usually used by employers and admissions committees who want to know more about a particular candidate.
Effective vs. Ineffective Resumes
The main difference between an ineffective resume and an effective resume is that an ineffective resume gets ignored, and an effective resume leads to a follow-up phone call of interview request.
To continue reading about resumes, click here
For more Resume Writing Tips, click on the link below:
I hope that this website is helpful to you. My aim is to provide links to various resources that offer review, practice, and a chance to improve your English skills in some way. There are many wonderful webpages out there that offer so much. Below, I have listed a few that might be helpful to you and a few words describing the site.
a4esl.org Activities for ESL Students
Play games, take quizzes, read grammar, and practice vocabulary
Dave's ESL Cafe
Easy to use, lots of activities, including games, quizzes, pronunciation practice, and stories
Karin's ESL Partyland
Lots of great ESL activities
An English language website to practice conversation, vocabulary, grammar, reading, and more AND all of it has sound so you can listen while you practice
For all skills, lots of activities, exchange messages with other students, and ask questions
You'll find everything from lessons for learners to jobs for teachers, including fun pages like games, quizzes and chat - all free!
Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
Excellent listening practice
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab
A great place to learn more about writing and grammar
UIC—University of Illinois at Chicago
This is an organized list of many web sites for ESL students
University of Victoria Study Zone
Reading, Grammar and Vocabulary by levels
My name is Craig, and I've been teaching English for many years. I initially created this site for my students, but all English learners are welcome. I hope you find something helpful to you. Feel free to leave suggestions or ideas in the Comments section under any entry.