English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language

ESL 262 Low-Advanced Reading

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Title: Focus on Vocabulary 2: Mastering the Academic Word List

Author: Diane Schmitt and Norbert Schmitt

ISBN-13:  978-0-13-137617-5

Publisher: Pearson/Longman

This excellent text can be used as a reading text with an AWL focus. Each unit includes a reading from college texts, reading comprehension, a reading strategy, vocabulary exercises (including meaning, parts of speech and collocations) and discussion. Vocabulary is recycled throughout. Includes dictionary strategies at end of every four chapters. Text is too long for 12-week quarter as usual, but recommend your diligent students to complete the book and they will have learned all 570 word families in the AWL. Must supplement with paraphrasing and summary writing skills.

Title: Inside Reading 3, 2nd ed.

Author: Rubin, Bruce

ISBN-10: 978-0-19-441629-0

Publisher: Oxford

Similar to Focus on Vocabulary, this excellent book is based on AWL. Each unit includes 2 academic readings (students find them interesting but very challenging), short reading comprehension, a reading strategy, and vocabulary exercises. Vocabulary is recycled throughout. Must supplement with more paraphrasing and summary writing skills.

Title: Topics for Today (Reading for Today 5)

Author: Mare, Nancy Nici and Lorraine C. Smith

ISBN-13: 9781111033040

Publisher: Heinle ELT

No opinion pieces in text. Must supplement. Vocabulary selection also is not always the best. Does include some words from the AWL. 

Title: Advanced Reading Power

Author: Mikulecky, Beatrice S. and Linda Jeffries

ISBN-13: 9780131990272

Publisher: Pearson Longman




Title: Like Water for Chocolate

Author: Esquivel, Laura

Title: A Companion Text for Like Water for Chocolate

Author: Giannotti, Janet Marie

ISBN-13: 9780472085965

Publisher: University of Michigan Press


Title: The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins


Title: Farewell to Manzanar

Author: Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki and James D. Houston


Title: Flowers for Algernon

Author: Keyes, Daniel


Title: A Thousand Pieces of Gold

Author: McCunn, Ruthanne Lum


Title: Nectar in a Sieve

Author: Markandaya, Kamala


Title: I Heard the Owl Call My Name

Author: Craven, Margaret


Title: To Destroy You is No Loss

Author: Criddle, JoAn


Title: Two Years in the Melting Pot

Author: Liu, Zongren


Title: Rebecca

Author: du Maurier, Daphne


Title: Ghostway

Author: Hillerman, Tony


Title: Botchan

Author: Soseki, Nastume


Title: Call Me the Canyon

Author: Creel, Ann Howard


Title: Flash Point

Author: Collard, Sneed B.


Title: The Highest Tide

Author: Lynch, Jim


Title: Siberia

Author: Halam, Ann


Title: Into the Forest

Author: Hegland, Jean




Inside Reading 4 - too difficult, moved to 272

Rethinking America 3 - too old, content too outdated

Northstar 5 R/W – not enough on reading

For Your Information 4 – too simple

Mosaic Reading 2 – too simple, not enough vocab practice

Quest 3 R/W – not enough on reading

New Password 5 – too simple

Making Connections Intermediate - simple sentences, not complex enough

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Last Updated: 2/27/15