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Critical Thinking, Writing & Linguistics
- 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. “
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.”
- Languages and Worldview
“Asking and answering questions about what culture entails and examines the fundamental properties and intertwining nature of language and culture. This text explores linguistic relativity, lexical differences among languages and intercultural communication, including high and low contexts.”
- 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.
- A Writer’s Guide to Mindful Reading, by Ellen C. Carillo, WAC Clearinghouse (2017). License: CC BY-NC-ND
“The reading selections, assignments, and activities in this innovative textbook move students toward this goal by providing opportunities to apply and reflect on multiple ways of reading and writing, positioning students to develop a metacognitive awareness crucial to transferring what they learn about reading and writing to other courses and contexts. Because many of the difficulties that students encounter when writing are related to the difficulties posed by reading complex texts, A Writer’s Guide to Mindful Reading gives instructors the tools to help students develop a repertoire of reading strategies that will help them become stronger readers and—by extension—stronger writers.”
- 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.”
- ART of Reading
Module on critical reading for college students by Joyce Leung and Donna McGee Thompson with materials and checklists focused on processes helpful before, during, and after reading.
- Basic Reading and Writing Course (Lumen Learning)
- Excelsior College Online Reading Lab
Open access lab for college-level reading with resources to help students explore and engage with texts.
- Illustrated Grammar and English Language Videos
“Videos made for Mental Floss (http://mentalfloss.com/) from Arika Okrent (https://twitter.com/arikaokrent) and Sean O’Neill (http://rocketrobinson.com/).”
English as a Second Language (ESL)
- In the Community: An Intermediate Integrated Skills Textbook (NorQuest College)
English language textbook designed to help ELL students develop communication skills in their communities and other places of social interaction, with a focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
- In the Workplace: An Intermediate Integrated Skills Textbook (Bow Valley College)
English language textbook designed to help ELL students develop communication skills in the workplace with a focus on listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
- PDX Journeys: Studying and Living in the US, Low-Intermediate Novel and Textbook for University ESL Students
“Each unit begins with a chapter of fiction about a teacher and students in one ESL class. Reading comprehension and reading skills exercises follow. Prefix and suffix vocabulary-focus exercises are included. Academic Word List vocabulary exercises help students build a strong foundation in both receptive and productive knowledge.”
- Read Faster, Understand More (OpenOregon)
From 2019 this source compiled by Timothy Krause from Portland Community College includes presentation slides as well as both a student and teacher version of the textbook. It is subtitled “Advanced Academic Reading Skills for English Language Learners.” Licensed as CC BY-NC-SA.
- 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.
- 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
- Resources from The Purdue OWL
Zero-cost resources for both students and instructors of ESL.
- 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.