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ESL/EFL (English as a Second Language/English as a Foreign Language): Find Books & More

Easy Reading

The Curriculum Collection on the library 3rd floor contains

  • easy reader fiction
  • young adult novels
  • easy and young adult non-fiction
  • Caldecott, Newberry and other award books

Any MTSU student, faculty, or staff member may check out items from this collection.

The International Chidlren's Digital Library Foundation offers great collection of award winning books, fairy tales, folktales, and much more! 

Search the Catalog: ESL Books

Search the library catalog

Advanced Search

To search the catalog enter one of the following subject terms below.

  • Comprehension
  • English language--conversation and phrase books
  • English language--dictionaries
  • English language--grammar
  • English language--grammar problems exercises, etc.
  • English language--idioms
  • English language--pronunciation by foreign speakers
  • English language--spoken English
  • English language--study and teaching--foreign speakers
  • English language--textbooks for foreign speakers
  • English language--usage
  • Listening
  • Reading comprehension
  • Readers
  • Second language acquisition

Below are additional keywords you can use. 

  • esl
  • english as a second language
  • english language learners
  • english grammar
  • culture shock
  •  international students
  •  u.s. citizens
  •  citizenship
  •  accent
  •  pronunciation


Call numbers on English Language

At James E. Walker Library books are arranged by call number, according to the Dewey Decimal System (000--999).  

You can browse the following call numbers to help you with English language learning:  

  • 420  English language
  • 421.54  Standard American English spelling and pronunciation
  • 423  Dictionaries of standard English
  • 425  & 428.2  English grammar
  • 428  Standard English usage
  • 428.6  Readers  (e.g. easy readers)
  • 808  Academic writing


Books on American Culture

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Advanced Search

To find books about American life and culture, enter one of the following subjects terms:

  • United States--social life and customs
  • Etiquette--United States
  • Intercultural communication       
  • Communication and culture
  • Manners and customs

For books on American life and customs, try the following call numbers: 

  • 391-394  Customs
  •  395  Etiquette and manners
  •  917.3  United States (geography/travel)
  •  973  United States (history)