English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language

ESL 272 Advanced Reading and Vocabulary

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Title: New Directions

Author: Gardner, Peter

ISBN-13: 9780521541725

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Good, high-interest articles.

No directed/specific reading skills practice. Must be supplemented.

Title: Inside Reading 4

Author: Richmond, Kent

ISBN-13: 9780194416153

Publisher: Oxford

Similar to Focus on Vocabulary, this book is based on AWL. Each unit includes 2 academic readings, short reading comprehension, a reading strategy, and vocabulary exercises. Vocabulary is recycled throughout. Must supplement with more comprehension questions, paraphrasing and summary writing skills.

Title: Developing Reading Skills: Advanced

Author: Markstein, Linda and Louise Hirasawa

ISBN-13: 9780838452769

Publisher: Heinle ELT


Title: Making Connections: An Interactive Approach to Academic Reading

Author: Pakenham, Kenneth

ISBN-13: 9780521657624

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Good academic content, builds on reading length and has good skills practice. BUT it is defined by the skills and has no opinion in the text. Must supplement opinion.

Title: The Mercury Reader

Publisher: Pearson Custom

ISBN-13: This is created once you have created your book.

This is a reader the instructor can build his/herself. The website has a good selection of readings, both fiction and non-fiction, that can be incorporated into the reader.  Must supplement all the activities for the various readings. 




Title: In the Time of the Butterflies

Author: Alvarez, Julia


Title: Kindred

Author: Butler, Octavia


Title: The Mistress of Spices

Author: Divakaruni, Chitra

The story has an intriguing plot that mixes romance and magical power and teaches students much about Indian culture and spices. The author is a talented writer and a formerEnglish instructor at Foothill.

Title: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Author: Flagg, Fannie


Title: A Lesson Before Dying

Author: Linney, Romulus and Ernest J Gaines


Title: Life of Pi

Author: Martel, Yann

A best-selling novel about an Indian boy that becomes shipwrecked in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. A poignant and imaginative story of faith and survival.



Celebrating Diversity: A Multicultural Reader – out of print

Journeys Through Literature – out of print

California Dreams and Realities – too dense

Inside Reading 4 – moved to 262

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Last Updated: 2/27/15