English as an International Language Guide

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English as an International Language Guide

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Location of Materials | Call Numbers | Online Language Learning Tools | Article & Journal Databases | Current Reference Material and Other Books | Historical Material | TOEFL Preparation | Websites | Selected Journals



Location of Materials

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign contains many useful resources for the study of and research in the teaching and learning of English as a second, foreign, or international language. These resources are primarily located in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) and the Literature & Languages Library. The Curriculum Collection in SSHEL maintains a small number of textbooks and classroom resources to aid the beginning English learner, particularly those in the elementary or secondary grades. These materials are located under the call numbers 428.24, 428.34, or 428.64, preceded by the prefixes TEXT or CURR. In addition, the Department of Linguistics maintains a specialized library facility, the TESL Library. The TESL Library, located in Room 3046 of the Foreign Languages Building, is an excellent source of information on English language education. It houses textbooks, reference material, journals, and AV equipment. 

The location SSHEL RCC indicates the item is in the SSHEL Reference Circulation Location. The Location Lit & Lang refers to the Literatures and Languages Library.



Call Numbers

Call numbers are groups of numbers and/or letters that classify library items by subject. Items are arranged on bookshelves by call number. The Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) uses both the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems.

If you would like to browse bookshelves for materials about English as an Second/International Language, material with Dewey call numbers in the 420s and 428s or with the Library of Congress call numbers starting with PE will yield the best results. Again, the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) and the Literatures & Languages Library have the most relevant material. However, the Undergraduate Library and Communications Library may house some materials. In addition, older materials are often located in the Main Library Bookstacks (Main Stacks) on the Library's second floor or Oak Street Facility (request these items through the Online Library Catalog). The following is a breakdown of the linguistics and English language call number range. For more information about call numbers, see the How to Read a Library of Congress Call Number and Guide to Reading Dewey Decimal Call Numbers.










Audio-lingual approach to learning English for non-native English speakers



English readers for those whose native language is different



Etymology and dictionaries of standard English

PE1571-1599 (etymology); PE1620-1630 (dictionaries)


Grammar of standard English



Historical and geographic variations; modern nongeographic variations of English

PE1700- PE3602


Standard English usage (prescriptive linguistics/applied linguistics)




Structural approach to learning English for non-native English speakers




Online Language Learning Tools

Language training software which includes American English, British English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Spanish (Spain). Learning programs are also suited to user needs, as the software offers Complete Beginner, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels.You will need to create an account.



Article & Journal Databases

Databases are structured sets of information, stored in print or online. Often, databases are online collections of journal article citations and full-text. Find articles about a specific topic by using keywords, subject headings, authors, and more.

In addition to general and social science-related databases, the following resources provide citations to articles and other items on English as an international language:

Education Full-Text. 1983-Present.
This database indexes articles from English-language periodicals and yearbooks published in the United States and elsewhere. Books relating to education are also indexed. Coverage begins in 1983 with full-text coverage starting in 1996. Complemented by Education Index Retrospective (1929-1983).

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) .1966-Present
ERIC is a national education database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Presently the largest education database in the world, ERIC contains over 1,000,000 citations covering research documents, journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials in the field of education. It also includes abstracts, citations and selective full-text.

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA). 1973-Present
Contains article abstracts from over 1,500 journals in linguistics and related disciplines. Also includes abstracts of books, book chapters, and dissertations

Modern Language Association International Bibliography (MLA). 1921-Present
(Print); 1926-Present (Electronic).
Provides a detailed bibliography of journal articles, books, and dissertations. Dates back to the 1920s with over 2.3 million citations.



Current Reference Material and Other Books

Resources published after 1990. Reference sources, online or in print, include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and directories. These are great starting points for background information about a specific topic.

General Resources

PE1128.A2 A534 2001 (Lit & Lang)
Analysing English in a Global Context: A Reader. 2001.

PE2751 .P46 1994 (Lit & Lang)
The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language. 1994.

A Dictionary of Varieties of  English . 2014.

Q.403 En19 2006 (Main Reference)
The Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics. 14 vols. 2006.

PE2751 .E57 1997 (Lit & Lang)
Englishes Around the World. 2 vols. 1997.

428.0071f925 (SSHEL Stacks)
From Testing to Assessment: English as an International Language. 1994.  

PE1074.7 .T78 2008 (Lit & Lang) 
International English: A Guide to Varieties of Standard English. 2008.

PE2751 .O83 1992 (Multiple locations)
The Other Tongue: English Across Cultures. 1992.

427 M459o (Main Reference)
The Oxford Guide to World English. 2002.

PE1128.A2 .S73 1993 (Lit & Lang)
State of the Art TESOL Essays. 1993.

420.7t182 (SSHEL Stacks)
Tasks for Independent Language Learning. 1996.

Resources for Learning

PE2751 .A98 2009(Undergraduate)
Do's and Taboos of Using English Around the World. 2009.

PE1068.U5 I58 2012 (SSHEL Reference)
Intensive English USA, 2012: The World's Most Complete Guide to English Language Instruction in the United States. 2012.

423 Ox232003 (Main Stacks)
The Oxford-Duden Pictorial English Dictionary, with English-Arabic Index. 2003.

PE1128 .G34 2010 (Undergraduate)
Perfect  Phrases for ESL: Advancing Your Career: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases That Help you Speak Fluently, Understand "Business Speak," Network in the Global Workplace, Present Confidently, and More. 2010.

PE2751 .J46 2003 (Lit & Lang)
World Englishes: A Resource Book for Students. 2003.

Resources for Teaching

PE1128.A2 V64 2015 (Main Stacks)
99 More Ideas and Activities for Teaching English Learners with the SIOP® Model. 2015.

PE1128.A2 H66 2015 (SSHEL Stacks)
Collaboration and Co-Teaching for English Learners: A Leader's Guide. 2015.

PE1128.A2 L54 1996 (Lit & Lang)
Functional English Grammar: An Introduction for Second Language Teachers. 1996.

418 H191 (Multiple locations)
Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning. 2005. 

P118.2 .H359 v.2 (Lit & Lang)
Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning. v. 2. 2005.

420.7 C56 v.27 (Multiple locations)
Ideas for the Working Classroom: Classroom Practices in Teaching English. V. 27. 1993.

428.007 Sh73I (SSHEL Stacks)
Interactive Techniques for the ESL Classroom. 1991.

420.7 Sn61m 2006 (SSHEL Stacks)
More Than a Native Speaker: An Introduction for Volunteers Teaching Abroad. 2006.

New Media and Perennial Problems in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching. 2015.



Historical Material

Resources published prior to 1990.

General Resources

PE2751 .K3 1990 (Multiple locations)
The Alchemy of English: The Spread, Functions, and Models of Non-Native Englishes. 1990.

PE2751 .D57 1987 (Multiple locations)
Discourse Across Cultures: Strategies in World Englishes. 1987.

PE1700 .E5 1982 (Lit & Lang)
English as a World Language. 1982.

PE1128.A2 E485 1985 (Multiple locations)
English in the World: Teaching and Learning the Language and Literatures. 1985.

PE1073 .R4 1983 (Multiple locations)
Readings in English as an International Language. 1983.

428.007 L125t (SSHEL Stacks)
Teaching English Across Cultures. 1988.

Resources for Teaching

420.7 C87R 1980A (Multiple locations)
Readings on English as a Second Language: For Teachers and Teacher Trainees. 1980.

PE1128.A2 S864 1980 (Lit & Lang)
Teaching English as an International Language: From Practice to Principle. 1980.

Resources for Learning

425 C62R (Multiple locations)
A Reference Grammar for Students of English. 1975.



TOEFL Preparation Materials

PE1128 .M3544 2014 (Undergraduate)
Barron's Essential Words for the TOEFL. 6th ed. 2014.

Check Your English Vocabulary for TOEFL: Essential Words and Phrases to Help You Maximize Your TOEFL Score. 2012.

PE1128 .T634 2009 (Undergraduate)
TOEFL iBT with CD-ROM. 4th ed. 2009.




Most of these sites offer general information as well as pages for both English teachers and students of the language. Therefore, teachers and learners are encouraged to visit each of the sites. The websites are arranged into categories indicating their primary focus. The sites contain insight into English-language topics, activities for learning the language, general interest reading in English, teaching tools such as lesson plans, related links to additional sites, and much more.

For English Learners

For English Teachers

For Both Teachers and Learners



Selected Journals