As A Second Language (ESL) Teaching Materials
assistance in using any of the resources in the Lab, please ask at the
Curriculum Lab Information Services Desk
your topic, and check basic sources.
You may be looking for ESL information from three different viewpoints:
This handout will address resources from the first two of these viewpoints,
and you may find there is some overlap on useful materials presented from
You are teaching in a typical English speaking Alberta classroom, and you
have students in your class whose first language is not English.
You are going to teach a class in another place, where the whole class
is learning English as a foreign language.
You are an ESL student, and want to use the Curriculum Laboratory to look
for reading material. Ask the Curriculum Laboratory staff for help.
According to Alberta Education's Program of Studies (English As A
Second Language: Senior High) , ESL students are "those students
whose level of English language proficiency precludes them from full participation
in the learning experiences provided in Alberta schools without additional
support in English language content."
Get relevant Alberta curriculum publications.
ESL is covered in Alberta Education's curriculum publications in these places:
The High School Program of Studies has a section
on ESL, under the "Language Arts" section -- It covers what must be
taught in Alberta high schools. It includes sections on Program Rationale and Philosophy and Learner Outcomes.
Other curriculum support documents provide suggestions
on how teachers may implement the Program of Studies outcomes, listed here
in order of importance and/or currency:
- English as a Second Language : Guide to Implementation, Kindergarten to Grade 9 (375 ESL Alta.GR.EC-9) 2007 --Includes who ESL students are,
suggestions for the reception and placement of elementary and junior high ESL students,
information and strategies for establishing ESL programming, ensuring a successful ESL learning environment,
effective instructional strategies, lessons and activities for varying levels of language proficiency,
and suggestions on how to assess and evaluate student learning and progress.
English as a Second Language: Senior High
Guide to Implementation (375 ESL Alta.
Gr. 10-12) 2002 -- It includes sections on ESL Students, Students and the
ESL Program at each of the 5 levels, Planning the ESL Program, Planning
For Teaching and Learning, and Assessment.
online documents: A Review of the Literature on English as a Second Language
Issues, List of Assessment Resources for English as a Second
Language, ESL Brochure, English as a Second Language
Alberta Authorized Resource List, Grades 10–12, Review of K-12 ESL
Education in Alberta.
basic and support resources recommended by Alberta Education.
The Curriculum Laboratory orders most resources which
have been approved for use in the classroom by Alberta Education.
We order these items from the Learning Resources Centre (LRC).
To find out what resources are recommended by Alberta Education:
- Go to the Curriculum Laboratory
- Click on the link, "Alberta
Education Authorized Resources Database."
- You can select your "Curriculum Area," and "Grade Level." The resulting
long list of resources will include items such as student textbooks, teacher's manuals,
student workbooks, blackline masters, test banks, other books, CD-ROMs, DVDs, distance
education resources, etc.
- If you only want to find out which resources are considered the basic textbooks for that grade and subject, do the same search as above,
except choose "Student Basic " from the "Authorization
Search the Library Catalogue. For
subject searches, start
with "Subject Heading" (Library of Congress) Search, and
browse the subject headings and "related subjects" which come up on the
screen. Use these general subject headings or related subject
links to get the best possible list of materials.
English language textbooks for foreign speakers -- provides you
with ESL materials in book format, mostly controlled vocabulary
- English language study and teaching foreign speakers and
English language study and teaching as a second language -- Equivalent
subject headings which provide you with ESL in many formats.
- high interest-low vocabulary books
- second language acquisition
- multicultural education
- education, bilingual
If you are unhappy with the results of an author, title, or subject search,
broaden your search using Keyword Search. It searches
the author, title, subject and notes fields of an item record.
the shelves. If you only want to search
for materials in the Curriculum Lab (practical teaching materials only),
click on the Limit this search button and then change the location from
ANY to U of L-Curriculum Lab:
Curriculum Lab hints and helps:
Try searching for the keyword, "Penguin readers," or "Penguin young readers"
found on the shelves at 428.64 Pen and 428.64 You, respectively.
These are some of the
sections of the collection where you will find ESL materials:
- 372.4 -- Reading for elementary school students
- 418 -- How we learn language (linguistics)
- 421.1 -- alphabet books
- 422 -- word history
- 423 -- dictionaries
- 425 -- grammar
- 428 -- most of the basic English (ESL) materials
- 428.6 to 428.64 -- provides reading material specifically designed for ESL students
- 808.8-810.8 -- Literature for secondary school students
- e.g. Jamestown's Signature Reading Series (808.8 Jam)
- Critical Reading Series (810.8 Bil Gr.8-12)
- Critical Reading Series Levels F-H (810.8 Cri Gr.8-12)
- Steck-Vaughn Great series (810.8 Bil Gr.8-12)
Main Library Collection hints and helps:
- LC 3731 -- Bilingual and multicultural education
- P 53 -- Language learning
- PE 1128-PE1130 -- ESL textbooks
- Search the Library Catalogue for the TESL Canada Journal (PE 1128 A1 T45) and/or the subject, "English Language Study and Teaching Foreign Speakers Periodicals."
the Education Indexes/Databases
on the Library Home Page. For a list
of journal indexes, you can select "Journal Indexes
By Subject" from the Library home page, and select "Education." e.g. In the ERIC database, use the descriptor English (Second Language).
Search the Internet:
- The Curriculum Laboratory's Teacher's Sites lists many of the main
Internet sites used by teachers, such as Alberta Education, Alberta Education Authorized Resources Database, and some comprehensive education sites containing
educational issues and lesson plans, technology sites for teachers, etc.
- The Curriculum Laboratory's Great Sites for Educators contains useful links such as Digital Resource Subscriptions (Learn
Alberta, Discovery Education Streaming Digital Multimedia Clips, etc.), Digital Reference resources, Kid's Sites, Lesson Plans,
and links for Specific School Subjects.
- TESL-EJ (Teaching English As A Second Language Electronic Journal)
Prepared by: Bill Glaister and Margaret Rodermond, 2000. Updated September 2009.