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English as a Second Language

This guide is suggested for students studying English as a Second Language.

ESL Websites
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A collection of resources. Try the Listen & Read along page for practice with reading and pronunciation.
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May be for younger students.
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English grammar and mechanics.
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Books with Audio


More books concerning pronunciation.

Other Resources

  • iTunes University - Colleges and universities around the world are making information on a variety of topics available for free on iTunes.  There are more than 100 hundred different lessons from ESL at HACC.

Writing Skills

Books with Practice Exercises

Academic Writing

Business Writing

Also be sure to consult the Writing Center for help at any stage of the writing process.

More books useful to writing in English.

Reading Skills

News Sources

Practice your reading skills with Falvey's news collection.  Current newspapers and magaizines are kept on the first floor of the library, toward the back of the first floor. 

Leisure Reading

The library also offers leisure reading books for your enjoyment.  These are located on the first floor of the library, between the scanners and printers.  There are also popular reading materials specific to business topics at the Bartley Business Information Center.


A tip for improving your presentation skills is to listen to, or watch yourself, giving the presentation.  Jing is a freely available program that allows you to record screencasts and video presentations up to 5 minutes in length.

Other Resources


Falvey Library has a collection of movies on VHS and DVD.  Many DVDs can be taken out of the library, and VHS tapes can be watched in the library.  Check out this list of great American films that Falvey owns, or movies filmed in or related to the Philadelphia region.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a very important aspect of your work at Villanova University, and Falvey Library can help.  Librarians can help you properly cite your sources.

RefWorks is a Web-based software package designed to help you easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

Make an appointment to meet with Alexander

Have a question?  Please don't hesitate to contact me!  You can use the form below to request an appointment in person, over the phone, or virtually through our chat services.  Or, you can always email me directly with any questions or concerns.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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awilliams Alexander Williams
Research Support Librarian for the Social Sciences
Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova , PA , 19085
Room 227


Last Modified: Wednesday, August 13th, 2014