Resources for students
There is a wide range of materials available, including books, DVDs, grammar materials, dictionaries and pronunciation work. Most of the materials can be borrowed, including grammar books, books on academic writing and on learning vocabulary.
The website also has a range of useful resources; please see the English for Academic Purposes pages for guidance, recommended materials and links to resources to work on individual skills.
English language teaching
The Global Study Lounge contains many materials for use by those studying English Language Teaching.
Referencing is a key aspect of academic study for any new student starting their degree programme, whether they are from the UK or overseas. There are resources available in the Global Study Lounge, but you may also want to consult our Main Library's guide on referencing.
In the Self Access Centre you will have access to a range of materials to help you with your language studies. We offer resources in the main languages taught at the University of Reading, but also hold resources in many other languages. Please see the World languages page for more details.
Some recommended books for English Language students
The Good Grammar Book
by Michael Swan and Catherine Walter
A grammar practice book with answers. Elementary/lower intermediate. Oxford University Press.
A comprehensive beginners' guide to grammar. Explains grammar using examples, to enable the student to practice as they go. Full colour illustrations.
Academic Writing - A handbook for International Students
by Stephen Bailey
Most international students need to write essays and reports for exams and coursework. Yet writing good academic English is a demanding task. Clearly organised, the course explains the writing process from start to finish. Each stage is demonstrated and practised, from selecting suitable sources, reading, note-making and planning through to re-writing and proofreading.
The Study Skills Handbook
By Stella Cottrell
This book will help you to: - use your learning style and existing skills effectively - develop core study skills in time management, academic writing, critical thinking and more - discover how to make learning easier and faster - improve your grades and make study more enjoyable. Whether you are a school or college leaver, a mature student, or an international student embarking on university-level study in English for the first time, this handbook is your passport to success.
Intermediate Language Practice with Key
by Michael Vince, with Paul Emmerson.
English grammar practice with vocabulary exercises. Oxford University press.
Intermediate grammar explained, with exercises as the student progresses through the book. Suitable for self-study and classroom use. PET exam exercises included enabling the student to practice questions which are similar in format to the exam.
Visit the International Study and Language Institute (ISLI) website for information on EAP courses.
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