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English Language Learning: Writing and Grammar Resources

Writing and Grammar Books

Writing Better English for ESL Learners

Swick, Edward. Writing Better English for ESL Learners  2nd ed. Chicago, Ill: McGraw-Hill, 2009.


Random House Webster’s Student Notebook Grammar, Usage & Punctuation Guide

Random House Webster’s Student Notebook Grammar, Usage & Punctuation Guide. 1st ed. New York: Random House, 2002.


Grammar Troublespots: An Editing Guide for Students

Raimes, Ann. Grammar Troublespots: An Editing Guide for Students  2nd ed. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1992.


Online Visual Dictionaries

Ultimate Visual Dictionary

Discover the definitions you need with this small dictionary that uses pictures, diagrams, and detailed annotations. Ultimate Visual Dictionary has been designed to give you easy access to the vocabulary you need. It contains more than 33,000 terms that are grouped into 14 sections that cover a wide range of topics, such as The Universe, Prehistoric Earth, Modern World, and Architecture.

French English Bilingual Visual Dictionary

This is the perfect pocket reference for those learning French, and you'll want to make sure it's packed when you next go on your travels. With over 6,000 fully illustrated terms arranged by theme, getting to grips with the French language has never been easier.

Hindi-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary

With more than 6,500 fully illustrated words and phrases in Hindi and English, along with a free bilingual audio app, Hindi language learning has never been easier. Perfect for tourists and business travelers alike,

Polish-English visual bilingual dictionary

Polish-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary makes language-learning accessible by using photographs to put the everyday vocabulary of the modern world into context.


Spanish-English bilingual visual dictionary

This illustrated dictionary of Spanish terms arranged by theme is intended for tourist and business travelers. Updated to reflect recent changes in technology and clothing, it will help you learn and retain all the key phrases you need to know for ordering and buying food, talking about work, discussing health, and studying language.

German-English visual bilingual dictionary

The German-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary introduces a range of useful current vocabulary in thematic order, using full-color photographs and artworks to display and label all the elements of everyday life — from the home and office to sport, music, nature, and the countries of the world — with panel features on key nouns, verbs, and useful phrases.

Online dictionary, thesaurus, grammar, usage & style, and writing resource

Internet Picture Dictionary
Free, online multilingual picture dictionary with interactive activities for English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and ESL learners

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Provides a free online dictionary, thesaurus, audio pronunciations, Word of the Day, word games, and other English language resources

Merriam-Webster Visual Dictionary
Provides a free online visual dictionary containing over 20,000 terms, more than 6,000 illustrations, and audio pronunciations

Helpful Websites

Activities for ESL Students
This site, created by a community college instructor, includes terms, interactive exercises (with answers/explanations), handouts and guidelines for quickly improving grammar ability. Appropriate for both GED students and instructors

Dave's ESL Café
Includes grammar topics, example sentences, and exercises

Khan Academy
Video tutorials including parts of speech, punctuation, syntax, usage and style.

OWL: ESL Exercises
The exercises in this category cover a wide range of topics, but have been designed for second language writers of a variety of proficiency levels. Includes paraphrase and summary exercises; nominalizations and subject position.

OWL: Grammar
These OWL resources will help you use correct grammar in your writing. This area includes resources on grammar topics, such as count and noncount nouns, articles (a versus an), subject-verb agreement, and prepositions.

YouTube Resources

English with Jennifer
The host of this channel is an ideal ESL teacher for those who need more guidance than simply reading from websites. The user’s videos are separated into playlists covering vocabulary, verb tenses, pronunciation, and more.

Teacher Phil
This page offers lessons in basic English, business English, idioms, and more with Teacher Phil. You will learn how to speak with an American accent and use proper English, and even tackle some of the more complex and challenging language rules.

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