English self-learning resources

English Self-Learning Resources

Some students want to improve their English language foundation skills but find it difficult to locate the appropriate materials for the purpose. To help these students, SEE U maintains on its web-site a handy collection of essential self-learning materials and recommendations on useful online resources.

Library Resources

All the recommended books below are available at Main Campus Library (MCL).

Recommended books

漢英詞典 = A Chinese-English dictionary

Beijing wai guo yu da xue. Ying yu xi. Ci dian zu; 北京外國語大學. 英語系. 詞典組, 北京 : 外語敎學與硏究出版社, 1995

(MCL: lrf PL1455 .P4 1995 / TAL: ref PL1455 .P4 1995)


Cambridge advanced learner's dictionary

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003

(TAL: ref PE1628 .C23 2003)


Chambers synonyms and antonyms

Manser, Martin H, Edinburgh : Chambers, 2004

(MCL: ref PE1591 .C52 2004 / TAL: ref PE1591 .C52 2004)


Collins essential English dictionary : plus, Language in action supplement

Glasgow England : HarperCollins, 2003

(TAL: ref PE1625 .C6557 2003)


朗文進階英漢雙解詞典 = Longman Active study English-Chinese Dictionary

香港 : 培生教育出版亞洲有限公司, 2005

(TAL: ref PL1455 .L33 2005)


Macmillan English dictionary for advanced learners

Macmillan Education Ltd., Oxford : Macmillan Education, 2002

(MCL: ref PE1625 .M23 2002 / TAL: ref PE1625 .M23 2002)


Merriam-Webster's intermediate dictionary

Merriam-Webster, Inc., Springfield, Mass. : Merriam-Webster, c2004

(TAL: ref PE1628.5 .M44 2004)


新時代漢英大詞典 = New age Chinese-English dictionary

Wu, Jingrong, Cheng, Zhenqiu, 北京 : 商務印書館, 2000

(MCL: ref PL1455 .X675 2000 / TAL: ref PL1455 .X675 2000)


The new international Webster's pocket dictionary of the English language

Trident Press International, Naples, Fla. : Trident Press International, c2002

(TAL: ref PE1628 .N42743 2002)


Twentieth century words

Ayto, John, Oxford ; Hong Kong : Oxford University Press, 1999

(MCL: ref PE1630 .A98 1999 / TAL: ref PE1630 .A98 1999)

Advanced grammar : a manual for students

Disterheft, Dorothy, Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, c2004

(MCL: PE1112 .D575 2004 / TAL: PE1112 .D575 2004)


Barron's pocket guide to correct grammar

Griffith, Benjamin W; Hopper, Vincent Foster, Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's Educational Series, 2004

(MCL: PE1112 .B368 2004 / TAL: PE1112 .B368 2004)


English grammar in use : a self-study reference and practice book for intermediate students of English : with answers

Murphy, Raymond. Craven, Miles; Viney, Brigit, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2004

(MCL: PE1112.3 .M87 2004 / TAL: PE1112.3 .M87 2004)


Exploring grammar in context : upper intermediate and advanced

Carter, Ronald. Hughes, Rebecca; McCarthy, Michael, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000

(MCL: PE1128 .C3726 2000 / TAL: PE1128 .C3726 2000)


Grammar express with answers : for self study or the classroom

Fuchs, Marjorie, Bonner, Margaret; Bourke, Kenna, Harlow : Longman, 2003

(TAL: PE1128 .F83 2003)


Intermediate language practice with key : English grammar and vocabulary

Vince, Michael. Emmerson, Paul, Oxford : Macmillan Education, 2003

(TAL: PE1112 .V545 2003)


Longman advanced learners' grammar : a self-study reference & practice book with answers

Foley, Mark (Teacher) Hall, Diane (Teacher), Harlow : Pearson Education, c2003

(MCL: PE1112 .F59 2003 / TAL: PE1112 .F59 2003)


Practical English usage

Swan, Michael, International student's ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005

(MCL: PE1106 .S94 2005 / TAL: PE1106 .S94 2005b)


The Cambridge grammar of the English language

Huddleston, Rodney D. Pullum, Geoffrey K, Cambridge, U.K. : Cambridge University Press, 2002

(MCL: PE1106 .H74 2002 / TAL: PE1106 .H74 2002)


The complete idiot's guide to grammar and style

Rozakis, Laurie, New York : Alpha Books, c1997

(MCL: PE1106 .R69 1997 / TAL: PE1106 .R69 1997)


The grammar guide : developing language skills for academic success

Ackles, Nancy M., Ann Arbor, Mich. : University of Michigan Press, c2003

(MCL: PE1112 .A29 2003 / TAL: PE1112 .A29 2003)

Effective reading : reading skills for advanced students

Greenall, Simon. Swan, Michael, Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1986

(MCL: LB1050 .G73 / TAL: LB1050 .G73)


新聞英語選讀 = English newspaper reader

Wu, Bingzhong, 香港 : 志文出版社, 1973

(TAL: PN4731 .X578 1973)


Essential words for the TOEFL

Matthiesen, Steven J., Hauppauge, NY : Barron's, c1999

(MCL: PE1128 .M3544 1999 / TAL: PE1128 .M3544 1999)


It's not like that here : teaching academic writing and reading to novice writers

Dickson, Marcia, Portsmouth, NH : Boynton/Cook Publishers, c1995

(TAL: PE1404 .D48 1995)


Peterson's in-a-flash : reading for the TOEFL test

Broukal, Milada, Lawrenceville, N.J. : Peterson's, c2002

(MCL: PE1128 .B71475 2002 / TAL: PE1128 .B71475 2002)


Reading into writing : a guide to composing

Bishop, Wendy, New York : Longman, c2003

(TAL: PE1408 .B513 2003)


Strategies for critical reading : a text with thematic reader

McGrath, Jane L., Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, c2005

(MCL: PE1122 .M269 2005 / TAL: PE1122 .M269 2005)


The newspaper reader : reading, writing, and thinking about today's events

Frechie, Seth, Halbert, Harold William; McCormick, Charlie, Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, c2005

(MCL: PE1417 .F38 2005 / TAL: PE1417 .F38 2005)

1,001 letters for all occasions : the best models for every business and personal need

Sandler, Corey, Keefe, Janice, Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, c2004

(TAL: PE1483 .S25 2004)


College writing basics : a student-writing approach

Tyner, Thomas E., Boston, Mass. : Thomson/Heinle, c2003

(MCL: PE1408 .T95 2003 / TAL: PE1408 .T95 2003)


Sin boldly! : Dr. Dave's guide to writing the college paper

Williams, David R. (David Ross), New York : Basic Books, c2004

(TAL: PE1408 .W589 2004)


Strategies for successful writing : a rhetoric, research guide, reader, and handbook

Reinking, James A. Von der Osten, Robert, Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, c2005

(TAL: PE1408 .R426 2005)


The elements of style

Strunk, William. White, E. B (Elwyn Brooks), Boston : Allyn and Bacon, c2000

(MCL: PE1408 .S772 2000 / TAL: PE1408 .S772 2000)


The Penguin writer's manual

Manser, Martin H. Curtis, Stephen, London : Penguin, 2002

(MCL: PE1408 .M36 2002 / TAL: PE1408 .M36 2002)


When good people write bad sentences : 12 steps to better writing habits

Harris, Robert W., New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2004

(MCL: PE1460 .H3878 2004 / TAL: PE1460 .H3878 2004)


Write in style : a guide to good English

Palmer, Richard, London ; New York : RoutledgeFalmer, 2002

(MCL: PE1408 .P246 2002 / TAL: PE1408 .P246 2002)


Writing at university : a guide for students

Creme, Phyllis, Lea, Mary R (Mary Rosalind), Philadelphia : Open University Press, 1997

(MCL: PE1408 .C71445 1997 / TAL: PE1408 .C71445 1997)


Writing clearly : a self teaching guide

Sova, Dawn B., Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, c2004

(MCL: PE1408 .S656 2004 / TAL: PE1408 .S656 2004)


Writing power

White, Nancy, Kaplan, Inc., New York : Simon & Schuster, c2002

(TAL: PE1408 .W5776 2002)

30 minutes - to boost your communication skills

Tierney, Elizabeth P., London : Kogan Page, 1997

(TAL: HF5718 .T544 1997)


Communicate with confidence! : how to say it right the first time and every time

Booher, Dianna Daniels, New York : McGraw-Hill, c1994

(TAL: HF5718 .B654 1994)


Speak with courage : 50+ insider strategies for presenting with confidence

McDermott, Martin, Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, 2014

(MCL: PN4129.15 .M364 2014)


Speaking and presenting

Gentzler, Yvonne S. Career Solutions Training Group, Cincinnati, Ohio : South-Western Educational Pub. ; Paoli, Pa. : Career Solutions Training Group, c2000

(TAL: PN4121 .G46 2000)

20 training workshops for listening skills

Sproston, Clare. Sutcliffe, Glenna E, Aldershot, Hants : Gower, c1989

(MCL: HD30.3 .S67)


Listening in everyday life : a personal and professional approach

Purdy, Michael; Borisoff, Deborah, Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, c1997

(MCL: P95.46 .L57 1997)

Collins easy learning how to use English

Hands, Penny; Wild, Kate, Glasgow : Harpercollins Publishers, 2011

(TAL: PE1128.A2 C6375 2011)


Dos, don'ts & maybes of English usage

Bernstein, Theodore Menline; Meyersohn, Marylea; Lippman, Bertram, New York : Gramercy Books, 1999

(MCL: PE1460 .B4618 1999 / TAL: PE1460 .B4618 1999)


The Macmillan good English handbook

Howard, Godfrey, London : Macmillan, 1997

(MCL: ref PE1464 .H69 1997 / TAL: ref PE1464 .H69 1997) 

Recommended Learning Resources on Web-sites

Cambridge English Dictionary



Collins English Dictionary



Dictionary by Merriam-Webster: America's most-trusted online dictionary



Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English



Macmillan Dictionary: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus Online



Oxford English Dictionary, Thesaurus & Grammar Help


British Council – Learn English (Practice English Grammar)



Oxford Online English – Free English Lessons


Free Reading Comprehension Practice Test by Enoch Morrison



Take IELTS with British Council – Free IELTS practice tests



UsingEnglish.com – Reading Comprehension Exercises


BBC – Learning English (Pronunciation)



Learn English with Gill (YouTube Channel)



TED talks


RTHK – English in News



RTHK – English Made Easy (Podcasts)



TED Ed Lessons (YouTube Channel)


BBC – Learning English



British Council – Learn English