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Here are some recommended resources for English language learners who are just starting their course at the University.
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Swan, M. (2005). Practical English usage. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005. Call no.: PE1106.S972 2005 Details

Barnet, S., Bellanca, P., & Stubbs, M. (2010). A short guide to college writing. Boston : Longman, c2010. Call no.: PE1408.B261S 2010 Details

Anker, S. (2007). Real writing with readings : paragraphs and essays for college, work, and everyday life. Boston, MA : Bedford/St. Martins, c2010. Call no.: PE1439.A611 Details

Wallwork, A. (2011). English for Academic Correspondence and Socializing. [electronic resource]. Boston, MA : Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, 2011. Ebook

Hope, D. (2006). American English pronunciation. [sound recording] : it’s no good unless you’re understood. Atlanta, GA : Cold Wind Press, c2006. Call no.: PE2815.H791 DISCS 1-6 Details

David, G., Deirdra, M., & Narrator: Jamie, G. (2008). Lowdown, The: Improve Your Speech – British English : Level 1. London: Creative Content. Audiobook




Sinclair, C. (2007). Grammar : a friendly approach. Maidenhead : McGraw-Hill/Open University Press, 2007. Call no.: PE1112.S616G Details


Clines, R. H., & Cobb, E. R. (2014). Research writing simplified. Boston Pearson, 2014. Call no.: LB2369.C641 Details


Taylor, G. (2009). A Student’s Writing Guide. [electronic resource] : How to Plan and Write Successful Essays. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009. Ebook 


Bailey, S. (2011). Academic writing. [electronic resource] : a handbook for international students. London ; New York : Routledge, 2011. Ebook

  Chan, L. (2012). Academic English : skills for success. Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press ; London : Eurospan [distributor], 2012. Call no.: PE1408.A168 Details

Bailey, S. (2011). Allington, D., & Mayor, B. M. (2012). Communicating in English : talk, text, technology. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge ; Milton Keynes : in association with The Open University, 2012. Details



Oxford English Dictionary Online

Oxford Reference – including English dictionaries in e-format

Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Peters, P. (2004). The Cambridge guide to English usage. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004. Call no.: PE1464.P483 Details

Fowler, H. W., & Winchester, S. (2002). A dictionary of modern English usage. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002. Call no.: PE1628.F786 Details



Academic Insights – 9 top tips for academic writing (BBC Learning English)

This video is targeted at students doing academic writing, with 9 top tips given by an instructor who is currently teaching at a University.  This episode is part of the Academic Insights series from the BBC Learning English site.

Academic Writing: The Basics (Simon Fraser University)

“Academic writing: the basics” is produced by the Simon Fraser University and it gives students some study tips and a quick overview on how to write assignments at the University level.



Clarity English This database helps learners of English improve their English in specific areas such as listening, speaking, reading and writing. Besides English Language learning, this resource also gives you tips on career preparation and study skill success.

  • Active Reading
  • Business Writing
  • Clear Pronunciation
  • Connected Speech
  • It’s Your Job
  • Road To IELTS
  • Study Skills Success
  • Tense Buster


Oxford Reference

If you need to look up a term or need a quick explanation of a concept, you can use Oxford Reference to retrieve dictionary entries easily. Click Subject from the top bar and click “linguistics” for a list of ebooks related to the subject. (Details)

Example: Hinton, L.(2003). Endangered Languages. In International Encyclopedia of Linguistics. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 25 Nov. 2014, from

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