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Academic Literacy & Linguistics

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Critical Thinking, Writing & Linguistics

Open Textbooks

  • About Writing: A Guide by Robin Jeffrey

    “This writer’s reference condenses and covers everything a beginning writing student needs to successfully compose college-level work, including the basics of composition, grammar, and research. “
  • Essentials of Linguistics
    “This Open Educational Resource (OER) brings together Open Access content from around the web and enhances it with dynamic video lectures about the core areas of theoretical linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics), supplemented with discussion of psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic findings.” Please note this text is tailored to Canadian English.
  • A Writer’s Guide to Mindful Reading (Ellen C. Carillo, Univ. of Connecticut)
    “Offering a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction by focusing on reading and writing, A Writer’s Guide to Mindful Reading supports students as they become more reflective, deliberate, and mindful readers and writers by working within a metacognitive framework.”
  • Choosing and Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research
    “Choosing & Using Sources presents a process for academic research and writing, from formulating your research question to selecting good information and using it effectively in your research assignments. Additional chapters cover understanding types of sources, searching for information, and avoiding plagiarism. Each chapter includes self-quizzes and activities to reinforce core concepts and help you apply them.”
  • Writing in College: From Competence to Excellence
    By Amy Guptill. “Writing in College is designed for students who have largely mastered high-school level conventions of formal academic writing and are now moving beyond the five-paragraph essay to more advanced engagement with text. It is well suited to composition courses or first-year seminars and valuable as a supplemental or recommended text in other writing-intensive classes. It provides a friendly, down-to-earth introduction to professors’ goals and expectations, demystifying the norms of the academy and how they shape college writing assignments.”
  • The Process of Research Writing
    By Steven Krause, Eastern Michigan University. Open book that focuses on academic work as a process in which critical thinking, research, and writing are intertwined.
  • Animals & Ethics 101: Thinking Critically About Animal Rights (Morehouse College)
    Open book that overviews “the current debates about the nature and extent of our moral obligations to animals.”
  • A Concise Introduction to Logic (Open Textbook, SUNY Oswego)
    “An introduction to formal logic suitable for undergraduates taking a general education course in logic or critical thinking”
  • Critical Thinking: Primary Concepts (John Jay College)
    Text for a critical thinking section of an introductory philosophy course created by James DiGiovanna, John Jay College.
  • Fundamental Methods of Logic Book (Univ. of Wisconsin – Milwaukee)
    “Fundamental Methods of Logic is suitable for a one-semester introduction to logic/critical reasoning course.”
  • Logical Reasoning Open Textbook
    Open textbook on logical reasoning with glossary and exercises at the end of each chapter. By Bradley H. Dowden from California State University Sacramento’s Philosophy Department.
  • Rhetoric & Composition Textbook
    Open textbook from Bay College designed for an introductory English course.
  • Writing for Success:1st Canadian Edition (Open Textbook)
    “A text that provides instruction in steps, builds writing, reading, and critical thinking, and combines comprehensive grammar review with an introduction to paragraph writing and composition.”

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Open Textbooks

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  • ESL Blues
    Collection of ESL grammar and reading materials including animated grammar tutorials, grammar troubleshooting, and readings with vocabulary quizzes. Graded activities for pre-intermediate, intermediate, and high intermediate ESL learners.
  • ESOL Resources from Portland Community College
    A variety of materials including lesson plans, activities, course websites, and more.

Zero-Cost Resources

  • ESL Flow
    “Searchable source of thematically-based ESL lessons in grammar, speaking, vocabulary, pronunciation, and reading. Patterned on a flowchart model, the site offers three levels of activities for elementary through intermediate learners. Pages include dialogue exercises, picture-based activities, resource sections and links.” – Merlot II
  • Videos from Prof. Myhren of Saddleback College in CA
    CC-BY licensed short videos available through YouTube. Each short video addresses common difficulties for English-language learners such as “Whose or Who’s?” and “Looking for Subjects and Verbs.”
  • Resources from The Purdue OWL
    Zero-cost resources for both students and instructors of ESL.
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