eBooks for ESL Students:
Benefits and Best Practices

Discover the benefits and best practices of finding and using eBooks for English as a Second Language (ESL) learning. Learn how to choose, purchase and use eBooks to enhance ESL education for students of all levels. This comprehensive guide includes tips and tricks for teachers, students, and self-learners.

From Beginner to Advanced:
Finding the Right eBooks for ESL Students

eBooks for ESL Students: Benefits and Best Practices
Here are the steps to finding eBooks for ESL students:

1) Determine the level of English proficiency.

ESL students have different levels of proficiency in English, and it is important to match the material to the student's level of understanding. Some examples of different levels of proficiency are:

  • Beginner: These students have a very basic understanding of English and are just starting to learn the language. They need materials that focus on basic grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure.
  • Intermediate: These students have a basic understanding of English and can hold basic conversations. They need materials that focus on expanding their vocabulary, grammar, and improving their fluency.
  • Advanced: These students have a good understanding of English and can communicate effectively. They need materials that focus on refining their language skills, such as idioms, advanced grammar, and complex vocabulary.

It is important to note that determining the level of proficiency may not be a one-time task as students improve over time and need to move to more challenging materials.


Examples of eBooks for Different Levels:

It is important to keep in mind that these are examples and different materials can be used for different learners depending on their specific needs and goals.


2) Decide on a specific area of focus.

ESL students have different goals and areas of focus when learning English. It is important to find materials that align with their specific needs and goals.


Some examples of specific areas of focus are:


Examples of eBooks for different areas of focus:


3) Read reviews and see or download samples to determine if the material is suitable for your student's level.

Before purchasing an eBook, it is a good idea to read reviews and sample chapters to get a sense of the content and difficulty level of the material.

  • Reviews offer valuable insight into the effectiveness of the eBook and provide feedback from other users.
  • Sample chapters can give you an idea of the writing style and format of the eBook.

On the Really Learn English online eBook store, you can find reviews of our eBooks at the bottom of the corresponding product page, as well as on our homepage.


To see a sample, you can click the gray circle on the top left side:
See or download a sample PDF, Really Learn English


4) Purchase and download the eBook.

Once you have found an eBook that meets your needs and goals, you can purchase and download it to your computer or laptop. (At this moment, our platform only supports desktop and laptop computers. If you need resources that can be accessed and used on tablets and smartphones, we recommend exploring our interactive online courses for ESL students.)


How to purchase and download our eBooks:

select purchase options
  1. On the product page for the eBook, select the type of usage license you need and the number of devices on which the eBook will be used.
  2. Click the ADD TO CART button.
  3. Review your cart and click CHECKOUT.
  4. You can securely make a payment using a credit card or PayPal. Please note that even if you don't have a PayPal account, you can still use PayPal as a payment method by entering your credit card information.
  5. Once the payment is processed, you will be directed to a download page where you can download your new eBook(s)!


5) Using the eBook (for teachers)

If you are a teacher, you can use the eBook to review and prepare for lessons, and of course to create lessons and activities for your students.


Here are some examples of how you can use them to create engaging and effective lessons for your ESL students:
  • Use the eBook as a primary resource: Use the content and exercises in the eBook as the main focus of your lessons. For example, if the eBook focuses on grammar, use the exercises and quizzes in the book as the main activity in your grammar lesson.
  • Supplement with additional activities: Use the eBook as a starting point and then create additional activities to supplement the material. For example, if the eBook focuses on reading a story, use the themes in the book as a jumping-off point for stimulating class discussions and activities.
  • Use the eBook for homework: Assign exercises or reading from the eBook as homework for your students to complete outside of class.


See Also:

Teachers: 11 Tips and Ideas on How to Use English Short Stories Book and Workbook in Class


5A) Using the eBook (for learners)

After purchasing and downloading your ESL eBook, you can start reading and using it to enhance your English skills. You can choose to read it on your computer screen or print it out if your computer is connected to a printer. You have the flexibility to print out specific pages or the entire eBook as per your preference and convenience.

It is important to set aside dedicated time to read and practice, whether it is a few minutes a day or longer sessions.


Here are some examples of how you can use an eBook to improve your English:

  • Self-study: You can use the eBook on your own to practice grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, idioms, and reading comprehension.
  • Study with a teacher or tutor: You can use the eBook with the guidance of a teacher or tutor who can provide feedback and support, and also create lesson plans and activities based on the material.
  • Use with a study group: You can use the eBook with a study group of other ESL learners and practice together, share tips and strategies, and discuss the material.

These ESL eBooks may not be suitable for learners who:

  1. Do not have access to a printer to print the included stories, exercises, and worksheets.
  2. Have no prior knowledge of the English language
  3. Are looking for a course that offers live instruction or personal tutoring.

In such cases, it may be more beneficial to turn to a learning center or a personal tutor who utilizes the Really Learn English eBooks and resources. They can provide step-by-step guidance and lessons to maximize your learning results.