ESL (English as a Second Language) students who have gained a certain level of proficiency should start reading ESL books. For such students pursuing higher studies abroad, writing in a second language to an academic standard is a painstaking task. Following stylistic conventions are tedious even to most native speakers of English. That’s what ESL students have to live up to.

Reading ESL books will introduce you to the writing tone and style of various authors, improve your vocabulary, and enhance your world view.

Here’s what you should be reading:

Top 5 ESL books to read

“Word power made easy” by Norman Lewis

We chose to add this to the list even though it finds a place in the most popular lists of books. In this English-learning essential, Lewis teaches you how to build vocabulary without making it banal or boring. The author is an eminent grammarian who has introduced the world to a new approach to understanding and learning a new language. The chapters will help you refine your academic writing and make it less prone to error. If you still want further approval for your work, you can perfect it with PaperTrue

“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” by Richard Carlson

The title has words you’d want to repeatedly tell yourself at the end of the term in college. The book teaches you exactly that! How not to let the anxieties and worries of the world get to you. The author gives us a hundred ways of how to address and think about how we needlessly put ourselves through immense stress. 

“Compelling Conversations” by Eric H. Roth

 

Okay, so we have slipped a textbook in this list. This is one of those rear ESL books that is informative, interesting, and packed with pearls of wisdom. It’s aimed at ESL students who want to reach an advanced level of speaking English. This book teaches you the “art of conversations” and adds color to the way you speak. Learn how to express yourself, how to hold a conversation and make them memorable.

“Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell

This book is about the stories of success. It talks about famous personalities who gained worldwide fame and recognition through their achievements. It tells us about how global icons got to where they are, what factors helped them, and how their ethnic background is essential to their success stories. What should success mean to us; how society defines it and confines us to it’s presumed meaning.

This book offers a mix of social sciences, psychology, and culture. It sure is an easy entry to the ESL books list.    

“Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” by Daniel H. Pink

Why did you migrate? Why do you go to college? What makes you chase your dreams? What really drives you?

Pink provides the answer to all the above questions and more by bringing insights into three main motivations we all have Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose.

It will deepen your understanding of motivation as a concept that will make you put your ambitions in a better form.

You can listen to this engrossing TED talk by Pink on the same subject to get an early taste of the book.

You can also check out our recommendations for 10 books you have to read before you die, which focusses more on our fiction favorites.