English as an International Language Guide

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English as an International Language Guide

Location of Materials | Call Numbers | Online Language Learning Tools | Article & Journal Databases | Websites



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 Find on the Shelf Guide.










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

Rosetta Stone Advantage 
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. Authentication is required.



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.




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