English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language

ESL 252 High-Intermediate Reading

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Title: Concepts for Today (a.k.a. Reading for Today 4)

Author: Smith, Lorraine and Nancy Mare

ISBN-13: 9781111033057

Publisher: Heinle ELT

I liked the organization of this book and the exercises that include reading, analysis, organization and word forms among others. The readings were interesting, but difficult. I typed a few short passages into Word to find the grade levels. From my experience, these readings have to be discussed in detail in class for the students to really understand them. There is no answer key in the student book. --Gretchen Himes

The dictionary practice work needs to be supplemented. The activities in the book are too challenging and confusing.

Title: Rethinking America 2

Author: Sokolik, M. E.

ISBN-10: 0838447414

ISBN-13: 9780838447413

Publisher: Heinle ELT


Title: Reading Explorer 4

Author: MacIntyre

ISBN-13: 9781424029396

Publisher: Heinle ELT

The diverse and current topics, phenomenal pictures, and great online supplemental activities make this a fun and engaging book for this level. Some supplemental activities may be necessary.

Title: Impressions 2

Author: Benz, Cheryl and Steven Benz

ISBN-13: 9780618410279

Publisher: Heinle ELT


Title: Inside Reading 2

Author: Zwier, Lawrence

ISBN-13: 9780194416139

Publisher: Oxford





Title: Dragon’s Gate

Author: Yep, Laurence

ISBN-13: 978-0064404891

In the 1800's, a young man in China gets in trouble with the local authorities and joins his father in America. There they face the many challenges of racism and deadly working conditions while building the railroad through the Sierras Nevadas. This book is accessible and captivating. --Gretchen Himes

Title: Great American Stories 2

Author: Draper, C.G.

ISBN-13: 978-0130619419


Title: Of Mice and Men

Author: Steinbeck, John

ISBN-13: 978-0142000670

Title: The ESL Reader’s Companion Guide to Of Mice and Men

Author: Butler, Linda

ISBN-13: 978-0070094277


Title: The Pearl

Author: Steinbeck, John

ISBN-13: 978-0142000694


Title: The Giver

Author: Lowry, Lois

ISBN-13: 978-0385732550

My students really enjoyed this book and had fun comparing the societies. Moreover, they enjoyed trying to justify what they thought would happen after the ending of the novel. --Michelle Marchiano

Title: Out of the Dust

Author: Hesse, Karen

ISBN-13: 978-0590371254


Title: Shadow of the Dragon

Author: Garland, Sherry

ISBN-13: 978-0152735326

A young Vietnamese immigrant tries to figure out his identity as he deals with love, gangs and family issues. This book is suspenseful and easy to relate to for students. --Gretchen Himes

Title: 20th Century Short Stories

Author: McConochie, Jean

ISBN-13: 978-0838448502


Title: The Diary of a Young Girl

Author: Frank, Anne

ISBN-13: 978-0307594006


Title: Funny in Farsi

Author: Dumas, Firoozeh




Active Skills for Reading 4 – too short

American Perspectives – too easy

Choice Readings – too simple

College Vocab 3 – vocab only; not a primary text

For Your Information 4 – too short

Mosaic 2 Reading – not AWL focused

Northstar 4 Reading and Writing – not enough readings

Reading for a Reason – not long enough

Reading Matters 3 – Dry

Steps to Academic Reading 5 – not AWL

Tapestry Reading Book 3 – had other better choices

World Class Readings 3 – not challenging enough




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Last Updated: 3/2/15