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English Language Learning subject guide

This guide can help English language learners as well as students who are studying to become ELL teachers

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Also known as "Scholarly Articles," "Peer-Reviewed Articles," or "Academic Articles," these are:
  • Written and reviewed by scholars and provide new research, analysis, or information about a specific topic.
  • Usually focused on a narrow subject or a single case study
  • Intended for an academic audience


The following databases are a good place to find information on the field of English Language Learning

 Unlike journal articles, scholarly books:
  •  Are written on a broader, general subject
  •   May contain a collection of related chapters by different authors
  •   Contain less recent information
Remember: you may only need to read one chapter of a scholarly book!



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Select ELL Websites

OWL Purdue - Multilingual Students Writing Resources – Writing help, workshops, and exercises for ESL students. Writing for college and business. Avoiding plagiarism. Citation. Other great writing resources. See left column for navigation links.

BBC Learning English – British Broadcasting Corporation resources for general and business English. 6 Minute English listening, the latest news stories at Words in the News, idioms, grammar, pronunciation and much more.

VOA Learning English – Listening and reading exercises based on news stories from the Voice of America. This site offers beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

TESOL International Association – International advocacy organization dedicated to the teaching of English as a second language.

Internet TESL Journal – Lesson plans, research papers, handouts and more. Last updated 2014.

Center for Applied Linguistics – A non-profit organization promoting access and equity among culturally and linguistically diverse peoples around the world.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages – Advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the teaching of all foreign languages.

Office of English Language Acquisition – From within the US Dept. of Education, the OELA seeks to provide national leadership for academic success of students becoming proficient and successful in attaining English language skills.