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BEGINNING

Grammar and Spelling:

  • Basic English (video - very basic)
  • Basic Everyday Spelling Workbook
  • Focus on Grammar Basic (on computer)
  • Intermediate English (video: very low "intermediate")
  • Sentence Sense
  • Side by Side Beginning

Listening and Pronunciation:

  • Focus on Grammar Basic (software- Listening exercises)
  • Listening Tasks
  • Jazz Chants: Old and New
  • Just Joking: Stories for Listening and Discussion
  • Perfect English Pronunciation (video/DVD)
  • Pronunciation Pairs
  • Small Talk
  • Top-Up Listening 1 and 2
  • Whattaya Hear?
  • Whaddaya Say?

Cultural Awareness:

  • Connect with English (video series)
  • Crossroads Café (video series)

Reading:

  • Longman Classics, Levels 1-3 (book only)
  • Elementary Anecdotes in American English
  • Cambridge Readers, Level 2
  • Connections Readers
  • Heinle Illustrated Classic, Levels A and B
  • Oxford Bookworms, Levels 1-2
  • Oxford Dominoes, Levels 1-3
  • Penguin Readers, Level 2
  • Focus on Grammar Basic (software- Reading Comprehension exercises)

INTERMEDIATE

Grammar and Spelling:

  • Focus on Grammar: Intermediate / High Intermediate (software)
  • Graded Exercises in English (book only)
  • Grammar Plus
  • Mastering American English (book only)
  • Practical Everyday Spelling Workbook
  • Side by Side Intermediate
  • Skills Bank (software- Student Network - English 403 - guest access)

Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation:

  • American Speechsounds (software)
  • Breaking the Accent Barrier (video)
  • Business Listening and Speaking
  • Face the Issues
  • Focus on Grammar Intermediate/High Intermediate (software- Listening exercises)
  • Jazz Chants Old and New
  • Listening Dictation
  • Listening Tasks
  • Perfect English Pronunciation (DVD/video)
  • Presenting in English
  • Pronouncing American English
  • Pronunciation Contrasts in English
  • Small Talk
  • Targeting Pronunciation
  • Top-Up Listening 3
  • Whaddaya Say?
  • Whattaya Do?
  • Whatttaya Hear?

Cultural Awareness:

  • All Clear! Idioms in Context
  • All Clear! Advanced
  • Attitudes through Idioms
  • Connect with English (video series)
  • Crossroads Café (video series)
  • 101 American Customs
  • 101 American English Idioms
  • 101 American English Proverbs
  • The Slangman Guide to Street Speak 1, 2, and 3

Reading and Vocabulary:

  • Anecdotes in American English: Intermediate and Advanced
  • Focus on Grammar Intermediate/High Intermediate (software- Reading Comprehension exercises)
  • Jamestown Classics
  • Longman Classics, Level 4 (book only)
  • Cambridge Readers, Levels 3-5
  • Heinle Illustrated Classics, Level C
  • Penguin Readers, Levels 3-4
  • Skills Bank (on computer - Student Network - English 403 - guest access)
  • Ultimate Word Attack (vocabulary software)
  • Wordcraft 1 and 2

ADVANCED

Grammar and Spelling:

  • Focus on Grammar Advanced (software)
  • Skills Bank (software - Student Network - English 403 - guest access)

Listening, Speaking, and Accent Reduction:

  • Academic Mini-Lectures
  • American Accent Training
  • American Speechsounds (software)
  • Breaking the Accent Barrier (video)
  • College Oral Communication 3
  • Consider the Issues
  • Focus on Grammar: Advanced (software - listening exercises)
  • The Heart of the Matter: Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking (video)
  • Pronouncing American English
  • Targeting Pronunciation
  • Video Review for the TOEFL, Tape 1: Listening Comprehension
  • Well Said (CDs only)

Cultural Awareness:

  • Focus On American Culture (video)
  • other resources under the "Intermediate" section may be helpful

American Literature:

  • American Short Stories
  • Cambridge Readers, Level 6

Vocabulary:

  • Focus on Grammar Advanced (software - Reading Comprehension exercises)
  • Video Review for the TOEFL, Tape 3: Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension
  • Skills Bank (on computer - Student Network - English 403 - guest access)
  • Wordcraft 3

WRITING SKILLS VIDEOS

Paragraph Skills:

  • Basic Writing Skills, Tape 2 ("Paragraphs and Meaning")
  • Write It Right: It All Starts with Paragraphs, Tapes 1-3
  • English Punctuation I-VII
  • Putting Ideas in Order: Outlining Skills
  • Writing for Results
  • How to Take Essay Tests

Research Paper and College Transfer Preparation:

  • The Art of Learning, Tape 5 ("The Written Word")
  • Read, Write, and Research (series of 24 videos)
  • Video Review for the TOEFL, Tape 2: Structure and Written Expression