ESL 272/472 Advanced Reading and Vocabulary

Updated 5/25/22



Title: Making Connections 4

Author: Williams, Jessica and Pamela Vittorio

ISBN-13: 978-1-108-57023-7

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Excellent academic readings, and vocabulary and reading skills exercises.

Includes integrated digital learning (audio files, teacher's manual).

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: 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 him/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: Longman Academic Reading Series 5

Author: Smith, Lorraine C.

ISBN-13: 978-0-13-439211-0

Publisher: Pearson

Reading passages are somewhat dry but the book has excellent exercises for reading comprehension, critical analysis, reading strategies, and vocabulary development.



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 former English 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.

Title: Born a Crime

Author: Noah, Trevor

A best-selling memoir of TV talk show host Trevor Noah growing up biracial during apartheid in South Africa.


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 262/462

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