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English as a Second Language (ESL): Getting Started

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A Silent Voice Box Set, Vol. 1-7

This coming-of-age story about a repentant bully and a deaf girl is heartwarming and realistic in its portrayal of friendship and the short term and long term effects of bullying. The art is gritty yet sophisticated, and you will fall in love with the characters as they learn and grow together.

The Little, Brown essential handbook

This little book contains a lot of useful information on how to write grammatically correct sentences, how to form effective arguments, and how to do research and use citations to document your sources. The content is easy to follow with clear and concise examples. A great resource for any writer!


Read a variety of magazines such as the Canadian Geographic, Wired, ESPN Magazine, Vogue, Comics & Gaming Magazine and more on this digital magazine platform.

Off-Campus Access

Off-Campus Access

Many of OC Library's online resources are licensed for use by students and employees. You may be prompted to log in with your myOkanagan username and password if you are off-campus (example: 300xxxxxx@stu.oc AND myOkanagan password).

About this Guide

Welcome to the ESL Guide! Here you will find recommended resources to help you learn and improve your English skills and get you started on your research for your assignments. 

If you need help with any of the following:

  • Conducting research 
  • Citing sources 
  • Using the library
  • Finding materials
  • Evaluating sources
  • Navigating databases
  • And other library topics!

You can ask help at: 

Circulation Desk: The staff at Circulation can help you with any questions about how to use the library.

Research Help Desk: Drop by anytime to get help with finding sources for your assignments, citations and more.

AskAway: Do you know you can ask for help online, even after the library is closed? Click on the AskAway icon below and get help now!

If you need help with writing, proficiency tests, and other subjects such as Math and Business, you can get one on one tutoring at The Learning Centre: Drop in or book an appointment with a learning coordinator! 


Kelowna Learning Centre

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