English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language

ESL 234 Low-Intermediate        

Updated 09/20/13

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Title: Interactions 1 Grammar

Author: Kirn, Elaine and Darcy Jack

ISBN-10: 0073406406

ISBN-13: 978-0073406404


Title: Interactions 1 Writing

Author: Pavlik, Cheryl and Margaret Segal

ISBN-10: 0073533858

ISBN-13: 978-0073533858


Title: Interactions 1 Listening/Speaking

Author: Baker, Lida, et al.

ISBN-10: 0072330635

ISBN-13: 978-0072330632


Title: Interactions 1 Reading

Author: Kirn, Elaine and Pamela Hartmann

ISBN-10: 0073138118

ISBN-13: 9780073138114

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Marianne Dahl recommends Interactions, but stated that “the fourth edition is much more advanced and difficult than the previous editions.” Valerie Ormeno agrees that the 4th edition of Interactions Reading is too advanced for 234. Alejandro Torres uses all four Interactions books. He says, “Excellent exercises, very good tapes, topics related to students own lives, up-to-date content, and great chapter quizzes.”




Title: Grammar in Context 1

Author: Elbaum, Sandra

ISBN-13: 9781424034826

Publisher: Heinle ELT

Marianne Dahl believes this teaches at the appropriate level.

Title: Focus on Grammar 2

Author: Schoenberg, Irene

ISBN-13: 9780131474802

Publisher: Pearson Longman

Mary Ellen is “quite happy” with this text.

Title: Grammar Sense 1

Author: Pavlik, Cheryl and Susan Kesner Bland

ISBN-13: 9780194366366

Publisher: Oxford

Iris Thot-Johnson uses this text for ESL 234 with great success. The students love the book and find it easy to understand. The form charts for the grammar are very user-friendly and not too jam-packed. Iris feels there are enough exercises to keep students busy both for homework and in class.

Title: Basic English Grammar

Author: Azar, Betty




Title: Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Author: Butler, Linda

ISBN-13: 9780131995574

Publisher: Pearson Longman





Title: Connect with English Episodes 13-24

Video Comprehension Bk. 2

ISBN-13: 9780072927580

Grammar Guide Bk. 2

ISBN-13: 9780072927696

Conversation Bk. 2

ISBN-13: 9780072927658

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Kathy Flores highly recommends the videos and readers.  The content is accessible and interesting and creates good group discussion.  She does not use the video comprehension books. It is available in the Open Media Lab. Videos are available online at: http://www.learner.org/resources/series71.html?pop=yes&pid=942

Make sure your students know which episode to watch.

Title: English Interactive Level 2




Available online with subscription fee. Software available in ATC 103 for free.




Title: Insights for Today Bk. 2

Author: Smith, Lorraine and Nancy Nici Mare

ISBN-13: 9781413008098

Publisher: Heinle ELT

This series is strongly recommended by Kathy Flores and Craig Norman.

Title: Active Skills for Reading 1

Author: Anderson, Neil J.

ISBN-13: 9781424001866

Publisher: Heinle ELT


Title:  Weaving It Together 2: Connecting Reading and Writing, 3rd ed.

Author:  Broukal, Milada

ISBN-13:  978-1-4240-5741-2

Publisher:  Heinle Cengage Learning

Recommended by Valerie and Linda. Integrated reading, vocabulary and writing skills. Readings are both academic and of high-interest. Writing skills include paragraph form, clauses, coordinators and transition words.

Title: New Password 1 - A Reading & Vocabulary Text

Author: Butler, Linda

ISBN-13: 9780131111523

Publisher: Pearson Longman


Title: Read All About It Book 1

Author: Howard, Lori

ISBN-13: 9780194351966

Publisher: Oxford


Title: Connect with English Readers




These are a set of short novels based on the series Connect with English.

Title: Reading Explorer 1



Publisher: Heinle ELT




Northstar Series Introductory – No copy, believed to be too low, not used by anyone. If copy is received, it will be evaluated for 200/234.

Fundamentals of English Grammar – Too difficult for this level

Grammar Express Basic – Too low, removed, no one using it

Get Ready to Write – Too low and simple

Write Ideas: a Beginning Writing Text – Moved to 244, good practice for organization and connecting sentence ideas together

Connect with English Book 1 Episodes 1-12 – Moved to 200, too easy

World Link – Meant for adult ed, not academics

Themes for Today – Moved to 200

Steps to Academic Reading – Not based on AWL

Reading Advantage 1 – Too simple and no AWL

Stories Worth Reading 1 – Not AWL, too simple

What a Life! (High Beginning) – Too low, not academic enough

At Home in Two Lands – NoT AWL, not academic enough

The Circuit - Too difficult, moved to 244

English as a Second Language Contact: Linda Yee
Phone: 408.864.5517


Last Updated: 9/20/13