LIST OF GRAMMAR & USAGE RESOURCES FOR SELF-STUDY
GRAMMAR RESOURCES FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE SELF-STUDY
On Reserve In Odegaard Undergraduate Library (OUGL)
OUGL Reserve System: Most materials are on Open Reserve. This refers to the area on the Ground Floor of OUGL, North Side (on the right as you enter) where the books are shelved for individual access. They are all limited to 2-hour use, with no overnight. A few of the books are on Closed Reserve. This means that they must be requested and checked out at the Information Desk (ground floor of OUGL, directly in front of the entrance). Books on Closed Reserve are also for a 2-hour period.
1. Murphy, Raymond. Grammar in Use: Intermediate, 2nd Ed. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University
OUGL Reserve Call Number: UGRES PE1128 M775 2000
Two copies available (Open Reserve); one copy on Closed Reserve. ^
This text provides a brief 1-page overview of common usage, including contrasts of frequent errors, followed by 1 page of exercises. Easy to understand; addresses common problems. Excellent for self-study for students who already have a basic knowledge of English grammar. Does NOT include in-depth analysis. Visually appealing. Very usable index. Supplemental exercises in the back.
Audio CD for ^ nd Ed.
OUGL Reserve Call Number: UGRES PE1128 M775 2000 DISC
Three copies of the CD available (Closed Reserve)
2. Riggenbach, Heidi and Virginia Samuda. Grammar Dimensions 2: Form, Meaning, and Use. Student
Text. Boston: Heinle & Heinle, 2000.
OUGL Reserve Call Number: UGRES PE1128 G5098 2000
Two copies of student text (Open Reserve); Two copies of Instructor’s Edition (Open Reserve).
This text is designed for low-intermediate to intermediate classes. It includes simple charts and explanations and
many suggestions for speaking and writing practice. Explanations and practices are contextualized for
application to typical situations. The text is 2nd in a sequence of four, which accounts for the gaps on the inventory.
Some of the gaps may be filled in with the subsequent text, Grammar Dimensions 3, which is also on reserve.
Instructor’s Edition: Sadlier, Michelle, Heidi Riggenbach and Virginia Samuda. Grammar Dimensions 2:
Form, Meaning, and Use, Boston: Heinle & Heinle, 2000.
OUGL Reserve Call Number: UGRES PE1128 G5099 2000
3. Azar, Betty Schrampfer. Understanding and Using English Grammar, 3rd Ed. White Plains, NY:
OUGL Reserve Call Number: UGRES PE1128 .A99 1999 text with answer key
Multiple copies available (Open Reserve).^ .
This text is intended for intermediate to advanced ESL students. Very useful charts and concise
explanations with a variety of exercises, ordered from more structured to less structured.
4. Byrd, Patricia and Beverly Benson. Problem/Solution: A Reference for ESL Writers. Boston: Heinle & Heinle,
OUGL Reserve Call Number: UGRES PE1128 B869 1993
Designed for self-study. Appropriate for high intermediate – advanced. Very easy to navigate. Not in-depth
analysis. Very simple organization: general information; “problem” information with suggestion solution; practice
5. Ascher, Allen. Think about Editing: A Grammar Editing Guide for ESL Writers. Thomson / Heinle, 1993.
OUGL Reserve Call Number: UGRES PE1128 A684 1993
Two copies available (Open Reserve);^
Designed for intermediate to advanced level students to edit writing errors. Task-based, student-
centered approach is appropriate for self-study. Very light on complex sentence structure. Each unit
includes a Pretest, followed Discovery, Summary and Review, Editing Your Own Writing, Writing Topics
and Answer Key. The suggestions for editing common errors are excellent.
6. ^ , Ann. The Essentials of English: A Writer’s Handbook. White Plains, NY: Longman/Pearson, 2003.
OUGL Reserve Call Number: UGRES PE1408 H664 2003
^ ; ANSWER KEY INCLUDED AT BACK OF TEXT.
This is a guide for high intermediate to advanced ESL students who need a reference guide for
troubleshooting grammar, punctuation and mechanics. Focus is on error correction, with clear
examples of each point. Very useful charts. “Special Tips” boxes highlight typical problem errors for
English language learners. Brief exercises for each structure. The latter part of the book includes
other writing conventions, with organizational and formatting guidelines. Very clear table of contents;
complete index in back.
& ^ The Essentials of English: A Writer’s Handbook (by Lida Baker)
OUGL Reserve Call Number: UGRES PE 1408 H70 2003
One copy available (Open Reserve)
RESOURCES ON LANGUAGE USAGE (no exercises)
1. Longman Dictionary of American English. New York: Pearson/Longman, 2004.
Two copies available (Closed Reserve)
Entries are color-coded: Key words are printed in red to show most important words; also integrates red
‘spoken phrases’ boxes; solid red ‘grammar’ boxes; blue ‘thesaurus’ boxes, and ‘blue/lavender’ usage
boxes. Also includes:
2. Swan, Michael. Practical English Usage, New Edition. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 1995.
One copy available (Closed Reserve)
OUGL Reserve Call Number: UGRES PE1106 S94 1995
Intended for intermediate to advanced students of English. A practical reference guide to answers for common questions of English language learners; this includes “over 600 points which regularly cause problems for foreign students of English.” There is an extensive description of usage, with variations in English, including differences between British and American English, specific words, discourse markers, grammatical structures, and mechanics such as spelling and punctuation. The List of Entries at the beginning is arranged in alphabetical order for easy access. Very thorough index in the back.
All materials are on permanent reserve, renewed annually. Anyone can add texts to the reserve. You can find the information at:
The following websites have been inventoried in the subsequent pages:
B = beginning level
I = intermediate level
A = advanced level