Several of the library's research databases are especially well suited to ESLs student needs. Opposing Viewpoints, and CQ Researcher each allows students to easily bring up bundles of relevant journal articles with just a few simple a few clicks to "browse" a list of topics. Use the "Browse" topics button, located on the upper left hand corner of each database.
Films on Demand contains video/films on numerous subjects. Use it to learn about your topic through a streaming video containing images, spoken English, and a text transcript.
VOA presents the day's news in spoken intermediate English. Read USA Today (from Gale) an easy daily newspaper. Use the MP3 audio playback feature to listen to the news stories to improve your listening comprehension.
"CQ Researcher provides award winning in-depth coverage of the most important issues of the day. Our reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked. Full-length articles include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research. Graphics, photos and short "sidebar" features round out the reports."
Use the Browse button in CQ Researcher to simplify searching. Now you can focus on developing your English language skills.
The VOA broadcasts the daily news in English in 3 levels of difficulty; "Let's Learn English" teaches basic American English.
The Voice of America's regular broadcasts are available by Internet. VOA presents the the news in English in 3 levels of difficulty: level 1, level 2, level 3 (the suitable level for college students).
Voice of America broadcasts a structured course for learning English called "Let's Learn English." "Certified American English teachers designed the course for beginners. Each week, there will be a new lesson with video showing the lives of young Americans. The lesson includes instruction in speaking, vocabulary and writing." There are 52 lessons that run for 52 weeks.
These two audio books are helpful for English Language learners who are beyond the basic level.
by Charlsie Childs - MP3 AUDIOBOOK
Improve Your American English Accent offers language learners an easy and enjoyable way to master the most challenging American English speech characteristics. Focusing exclusively on the core features that have the greatest impact on understanding American English speakers and being understood by them, it comprises six 35-minute lessons. Total: 3 hours 36 minutes.
Easy Pronunciation by Living Language - MP3 AUDIOBOOK
Are you looking to improve your English pronunciation or the way that your English sounds to others? No matter what your level of English is–or if you are simply trying to lessen a strong regional accent–this program will help you sound more natural and communicate with greater ease and confidence. Total: 6 hours. Key Features:
• Simple explanations of sounds, words, and sentences
• Helpful hints on avoiding pitfalls to build confidence with the English language
• Natural conversational English
• Plenty of practice, with sounds, words, phrases, and sentences
Opposing Viewpoints contains thousands of papers from reputable sources that present facts and persuasive arguments on hundreds of social issues. Papers in the database are packaged together around topic themes. For each topic, a student will find papers that argue for a topic and papers that argue against that same topic. Papers present facts, historical background, and statistics for each topic.
Use the Browse button to simply searching. Now you can focus on developing your English language skills.
1.) Cutting Edge Communications Simple English Series in 20 segments. "The Basic English Series combines linguistics, psychology and instructional design." When viewing this series, you can turn on “closed captioning (CC)” as well as open up the interactive transcript that highlights each word in the transcript as it is spoken. Check out these "Tips for Learning English."
USA Today is a general newspaper that covering the entire US. USA Today intentionally writes in a way that makes reading its articles easy. For many articles in Academic Search Complete, an audio file of the text can be played. While a software voice reads the article aloud the words spoken are highlighted in a text transcript. This can help improve listening comprehension. Click this link for USA Today to see every article in USA Today listed from the most recent to the oldest. When in a library database look for the audio file icon that let's you know that a MP3 (spoken sound file) of the article is available.
Here's an example. "America no longer has monopoly on English"
When in a library database look for the translate icon . It means that the article you found can be translated by software into another language. Because the translation is done by machine it contains errors. However, even with errors, the translation may be a useful tool to bridge from English to a student's native language.
All CSM students can subscribe free to the digital version of the New York Times. From the top of the online front page, students can click to go to a native Spanish or native Mandarin edition of the day's paper. Go to www.NYTimes.com/GroupPass to create an account. Still need help? Call the reference librarian at (650)574-6232 during library hours. Or, use the online chat reference service at: https://collegeofsanmateo.edu/library/connect/chat.php