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Books for ESL Students

Ammer, C. (1997). The American Heritage dictionary of idioms. Boston, MA: Houghton-Mifflin. (PE2839 .A47 1997)

Claire E. (1988). Three little words; a, an and the: A foreign students’ guide to English. Dundee, IL: Delta Systems. (PEPE1252 .C553 1988)

Danesi, M. (2006). Basic American grammar and usage: An ESL/EFL handbook. Hauppauge, NY:: Barron's. (PE1128 .D36 2006)

Elster, C.H. (1999). The big book of beastly mispronunciations. Boston, MA: Houghton-Mifflin. (PE1137 .E56 1999)

Lester, M. (2008). McGraw-Hill’s essential ESL grammar: A handbook for intermediate and advanced ESL students. New York, NY : McGraw-Hill. (PE1128 .L4568 2008)

Presson, L. (1997). A dictionary of homophones. Hauppauge, NY : Barron's. (PE1595 .P73 1997)

Reynolds, S., & Valentine, D. Guide for internationals: Culture communication, and ESL. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. (HD8081 .A5 R49 2006)

Room, A. (1985). Dictionary of confusing words and meanings. New York, NY: Dorset Press. (PE1680 .R66 1985)

Shaw, H. (1987). Dictionary of problem words and expressions. New York, NY: McGraw Hill. (PE1460 .S5158 1987)

Swick, E. (2013). English grammar for ESL learners. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. (Online and print. PE1128 .S9774 2013)

Urdang, L. (1988). Dictionary of confusable words. New York, NY: Facts on File. (PE1591 .U73 1988)

ESL Web Sites


5 Public Speaking Tips

Presentation tips from Toastmasters International

More Tips on Doing Presentations

The COM instructors recommend these two sites to help you with your presentations:


Verbal Communication & Presentations

Below is a sampling of books on oral communication available in the Walsh College Library. For a complete list, click here.

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Better PowerPoint® - Stephen M. Kosslyn
Call Number: HF5718.22 .K67 2011
ISBN: 0195376757
Publication Date: 2010-09-20

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How to Talk So People Listen - Sonya Hamlin
ISBN: 9780060734060
Publication Date: 2005-12-27

How to Write and Deliver Great Speeches: The Toastmasters International Guide to Public Speaking (DVD)
Call Number: PN4121 .H69 2006
Publication Date: 2006
DVD presentation by Toastmasters International.

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The Presenter's Fieldbook - Robert J. Garmston
Call Number: Ebook available in Ebsco Ebooks database
ISBN: 9781442224292
Publication Date: 2013-07-02

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Presentation Thinking and Design - Ed Gruwez
Call Number: HF5718.22 .G78 2014
ISBN: 9781292013572
Publication Date: 2014-10-22

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Your Perfect Presentation - Hoogterp
Call Number: PN4192 .B87 H66 2014
ISBN: 9780071825009
Publication Date: 2014-03-17

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Talk Like TED - Carmine Gallo
Call Number: HF5718.22.G353 2014
ISBN: 9781250041128
Publication Date: 2014-03-04

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How to Deliver a Great Speech That Will Change Minds and Influence People - Richard Helweg
Call Number: PN4129.15.H385 2015
ISBN: 9781601386090
Publication Date: 2015-02-03


Business Writing

Below are a sampling of book on business writing available at Walsh College Library. For a more complete list, click here.

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The AMA Handbook of Business Writing - Wilson, K. & Wauson, J.
Call Number: HF5726 .W55 2010 E-book
ISBN: 0814415903
Publication Date: 2010
The book serves as a guide to style, grammar, punctuation, usage, construction, and formatting. It includes sample letters, memos, reports, abstracts, policies, proposals, and other business documents.

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Everybody Writes - Ann Handley
Call Number: HF5415.1265 .H3578 2014
ISBN: 9781118905555
Publication Date: 2014-09-15
Guide to writing Internet content.

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The AMA Handbook of Business Documents - Wilson, K. & Wauson, J.
Call Number: HF5726 .W675 2011
ISBN: 0814417698
The book is a collection of guidelines and samples for creating a wide variety of business documents such as annual reports, brochures, business letters, business plans, grant proposals, mission statements, newsletters, policies, press releases, proposals, resumes, surveys, speeches, training manuals, user guides, and white papers.

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Business Writing in the Digital Age - Natalie Canavor
Call Number: HF5718.3 .C365 2012
ISBN: 9781412992503
Publication Date: 2011-10-20

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Quick and Painless Business Writing - Susan F. Benjamin
Call Number: Available online in Ebsco Ebooks database
ISBN: 9781564149008
Publication Date: 2006-12-01

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How to Write Anything - Laura Brown
Call Number: PE1408 .B8573 2014
ISBN: 9780393240146
Publication Date: 2014-04-14

Can grammar have glamour?

Yes, grammar can be glamorous. It can also be funny. Check out these entertaining books about grammar and punctuation from the Walsh Library’s English Language Collection.


Clark, R. P.  (2010). The glamour of grammar: A guide to the magic and mystery of practical English. New York: Little, Brown, and Company. (PE 1112 .C528 2010)

Fine, E.H. (1998). Nitty-gritty grammar: A not-so-serious guide to clear communication. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press. (PE 1112 .F53 1998)

Truss, L. (2004). Eats, shoots & leaves: The zero tolerance approach to punctuation. New York, NY: Gotham Books. (PE1450 .T75 2004)

Walsh, W.F. (2004). The elephants of style: A truckload of tips on the of tips on the big issues and gray areas of contemporary American English. New York: NY: McGraw-Hill. (PE2827 .W35 2004)

Watson, D. (2005). Death sentences: How clichés, weasel words and management-speak are strangling public language. New York, NY: Gotham Books. (PE1460 .W325 2005)

 O'Connor, P.T. (2003). Woe is I: The grammarphobe's guide to better English in plain English. New York, NY: Riverhead Books. (PE1112 .O28 2003)


We also have traditional grammar and punctuation books, including:

Hacker, D. (2011). A writer's reference. Boston: MA: Bedford/St. Martins. (PE1408 .H2447 2011)

Perrin, R. (2003). The Beacon handbook and desk reference. Boston, MA: Houghton-Mifflin. (PE1408 .P4395 2003)

Pinker, S. (2014). The sense of style: The thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century. New York, NY: Viking. (PE1421 .P56 2014)

Rosen, L. J. (2000). The Allyn & Bacon handbook. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. (REF PE 1408 .R677)

Grammar Web Sites


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