English Language Learning Materials

These are materials for educators, tutors, practitioners and anyone who works with adult ESOL, ELL or ESL literacy students, or is interested in adults learning English as an additional language. Every item on this list is available, either from the library or online.


Background and Research

Adult English language learners with limited literacy. (online resource)
Martha Bigelow & Robin Lovrien Schwarz. Washington, DC: National Institute for Literacy, 2010.
lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/ELLpaper2010.pdf
» This paper reviews research from a variety of sources and makes suggestions on approaches and techniques that would work best adult English language learners who lack print literacy or experience with formal education.

Adult ESOL pedagogy: a review of research, an annotated bibliography and recommendations for future research. (online resource)
By David Barton and Kathy Pitt. London: NRDC, 2003.
www.nrdc.org.uk/publications_details.asp?ID=7#
» This report reviews research into the learning of English in classroom settings by adult speakers of other languages (ESOL).

Bringing community to the adult ESL classroom. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n. 121 (Spring 2009).
Clarena Larrotta, Ann K. Brooks, editors. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009.
» “Using the concept of community building as a framework, this volume summarizes and updates readers on the state of adult English as a second language (ESL) education in the United States. It provides a complete description of this population of learners and their learning needs. The various chapters discuss possibilities for community building in the adult ESL classroom, combining research, theory, and practice. ” — back cover

Creating a bridge: a snapshot of ESL literacy in Ontario : executive summary.
Toronto, ON: Ontario Literacy Coalition, 2007. Also available online at www.en.copian.ca/library/research/bridge/cover.htm
» This report offers a summary of both the research and the recommendations stemming from the 2006 study of ESL literacy in Ontario. Brief summaries of the literature review, real life implications, and challenges and needs of learners, practitioners, and programs, and recommendations are included.

The cultural nature of human development.
Barbara Rogoff. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.
» The Cultural Nature of Human Development presents an account of human development that looks at both the differences and similarities among cultures. Beyond demonstrating that “culture matters,” Rogoff focuses on how culture matters in human development-what patterns help make sense of the cultural aspects of human development.

Effective teaching and learning: ESOL. (online resource)
By Mike Baynham et al. London: NRDC, 2007.
www.nrdc.org.uk/publications_details.asp?ID=89#
» This British study takes an in-depth look at effective practice in the ESOL classroom.

ESL and literacy: finding common ground, serving learners’ needs. (online resource)
Montreal: The Centre for Literacy of Quebec, 2008.
www.en.copian.ca/library/research/esl_lit/est_lit.pdf
» This literature review looks at the segment of the immigrant population who are not literate in their native language. This paper also addresses issues such as the training and working conditions of teachers, instructional strategies, assessment, and policy.

Formal, non-formal and informal learning: the case of literacy, essential skills and language learning in Canada. (online)

Sarah Elaine Eaton. Calgary, AB: Eaton International Consulting, 2010.
www.en.copian.ca/library/research/eaton/eaton.pdf
» Explores the differences and links between formal, non-formal and informal learning. Considers these three types of learning in the context of literacy, Essential Skills and the acquisition of second language. Includes examples of how each of the 3 types of learning occurs in each context.

Global trends in language learning in the twenty-first century. (online resource)
Sarah E. Eaton. Calgary: Onate Press, 2010.
www.en.copian.ca/library/research/eaton/global/global.pdf
» Reviews current trends in language education.

How the ELL brain learns.
David Sousa. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2011.
» Combines current research on how the brain learns language with strategies for teaching English language learners in K-12 classrooms. Looks at the linguistic reorganization needed to acquire another language after the age of 5. Includes a chapter on detecting English language learning problems and intervention strategies to use with struggling learners.

Language or literacy? Stories of second language learners in adult basic education.
Edited by Robin Millar. Winnipeg, MB: Centre for Education and Work, 2008.
» Nine case studies from across Canada illustrate interactions between learners and practitioners. Recommendations are made as to how the process and system can be improved.

Learning together: a guide to community-based adult ESL & literacy in British Columbia.
Emily C. Hunter & Kate Trethewey. Vancouver, BC: Literacy BC, 2009. Also available online at www.en.copian.ca/library/learning/lbc/learning_together/learning_together.pdf
» “The purpose of this guidebook is to support the practitioners and tutors who work with multi-level ESL learners in community programs, by providing a synthesis of information relevant to the ESL and literacy fields.”

Linkages: connecting literacy and English as a Second Language: discussion paper: what do we know about the connections between literacy and English as a second language in Canada?
By Sue Folinsbee. Ottawa: Movement for Canadian Literacy, 2007. Also available online at www.en.copian.ca/library/research/mcl/linkages/linkages.pdf
» This discussion paper highlights and summarizes Canadian research over the previous 5 to 7 years in terms of key themes, issues, gaps and needed strategies on connections between literacy and ESL.

Literacy matters: helping newcomers unlock their potential. (online resource)
Craig Alexander. Toronto, ON: TD Bank Financial, 2009.
www.en.copian.ca/library/research/litmat09/litmat09.pdf
» This report draws attention to the economic and social costs associated with literacy challenges in Canadian newcomers.

Literature review of ESOL for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
By Derrick Armstrong. London, UK: National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy, 2003. Also available online at www.nrdc.org.uk/publications_details.asp?ID=13
» This literature review provides background information on adult English as a second language learners who are also learning disabled, i.e. deaf, hard of hearing, blind, dyslexic, physically handicapped, have learning difficulties or have mental health difficulties.

Reading and adult English language learners: a review of the research.
Miriam Burt. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics, 2003.
» “The purpose of this paper is to give practitioners, graduate students, researchers, and policy makers information about what is known about how adult English language learners learn to read in English, what types of activities facilitate this process, and what research still needs to be done.” p.5

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Canadian Language Benchmarks

Canadian Language Benchmarks: English as a Second Language for adults. October 2012 ed.
Anne Hajer, Anne-Marie Kaskens. Ottawa, Ont.: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 2012. Also available online at
www.cic.gc.ca/english/pdf/pub/language-benchmarks.pdf
» The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) standard is a descriptive scale of language ability in English as a Second Language written as 12 benchmarks or reference points progressing from basic to advanced. They reflect the progression of knowledge and skills that underlie basic, intermediate and advanced ability among adult ESL learners. The CLB document was revised to make it more user-friendly and accessible while maintaining the stages, levels and theoretical bases of the CLB.

Canadian Language Benchmarks: ESL for adult literacy learners.
Linda Johansson. Ottawa, ON : Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, 2015. Also available online at http://www.language.ca/documents/CLB_Adult_Literacy_Learners_e-version_2015.pdf
» The purpose of this document is to describe the needs and abilities of adult ESL Literacy learners, and to support instructors in meeting their learning needs. It can inform classroom instruction, observation of progress, and curriculum development across a range of educational contexts.

Canadian language benchmarks: literacy placement tool: volume 1: foundation and phase 1.
Ottawa, ON : Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, 2005.
» The Literacy Placement Tool (LPT) is intended to be used by practitioners and instructors as a tool for administering, scoring, recording and reporting the results of LPT assessments in adult ESL programs. The first volume is designed to help identify adult ESL learners who might benefit from placement into an ESL literacy class.

Canadian language benchmarks: literacy placement tool: volume 2: phase 2.
Ottawa, ON : Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, 2006.
» The second volume is designed to help assessors, workplace trainers and literacy practitioners to make informed decisions about an adult ESL literacy client’s literacy needs.

Canadian language benchmarks 2000: ESL for literacy learners.
Written by Linda Johansson, the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, Manitoba Dept. of Labour and Immigration, and National Literacy Secretariat. Ottawa, ON: Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, 2001. Also available online at: www.language.ca/display_page.asp?page_id=255
» The Benchmarks lay out the progression of reading, writing and numeracy skills for ESL adults who have little or no literacy skills in their first language.

Canadian Language Benchmarks/Essential Skills in the workplace. (Website)
www.itsessential.ca/itsessential/display_page.asp?page_id=1
» This website includes resources to help align Canadian Language Benchmarks with Essential Skills for the workplace.

CLB support kit. (Book + 3 CDs)
Anne Hajer et al. Ottawa, Ont.: Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, 2012.
» This resource serves as background information on the revised Canadian Language Benchmarks for instructors. It includes an orientation to the revised CLB; in-depth discussions on incorporating grammar, pronunciation, and pragmatics into CLB-based programs; and sections on using the CLB in specific contexts, including multilevel classes, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), language training for the workplace, and in classes that have special needs learners. Exemplars for Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing for all CLB levels, and adaptable sample tools for program planning and assessment are included.

Integrating CLB assessment into your ESL classroom.
Written by Tara Holmes. Ottawa, ON: Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, 2005.
» This guide is intended to help Adult ESL teachers integrate the Canadian Language Benchmarks into their classrooms through assessment of learners on a day-to-day basis.

Relating Canadian Language Benchmarks to Essential Skills: A comparative framework.
Ottawa, ON: Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, 2005. Also available online at www.nald.ca/library/research/rclbes-e/rclbes-e.pdf
» This comparison of domain descriptions in the CLB 2000 and in the Reader’s Guide to Essential Skills Profiles is intended to assist practitioners in selecting Essential Skills resources and workplace materials that are relevant and accessible to newcomers and immigrants attending ESL and FSL classes.

SAM, Summative assessment manual for teachers. Volumes 1 & 2: Canadian Language Benchmarks 1-4.
Developed by Grazyna Pawlikowska-Smith. Ottawa, ON : Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, 2007.
» These manuals serve as a tool for ESL teachers to assess achievement in adult ESL students whose
reading/writing difficulties do not arise from their literacy needs in their first language.

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ESL Family Literacy

English as a second language : literacy and parenting skills (LAPS/ESL) : facilitators’ guide and participants’ material.
By Elaine Cairns and Laureen MacKenzie. Calgary: Alberta Vocational College, 1996.
» This program is designed for people from other cultures, to help facilitate their family’s adjustment to Canada..

Family literacy in the community. Foundations in family literacy, Module IV.
By Dawn Clark, et al. Edmonton, AB: Centre for Family Literacy Society of Alberta, 2009.
» Examines how community building supports and impacts the development of family literacy, home languages and cultures. Includes sections on creating partnerships within diverse communities, including immigrant and Aboriginal populations.

Growing up with languages: reflections on multilingual childhoods.
Claire Thomas. Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2012.
» “This book views multilingual childhoods from the perspective of the child and is based on over 50 interviews with adults who grew up in multilingual settings. The book charts their recollections of their childhoods and includes many different types of families; discusses many of the common issues that arise in multilingual families and draws examples from all over the world….It was researched and written by a self-help group of multilingual parents.” – back cover.

A guide for family literacy E.S.L. : an outcomes-based curriculum for family literacy educators and administrators.
Developed and written by: Kathleen Holloway, Mary Ann Phillips, Sylvan Rainwater, Sonia Patricia Vertner, Nancy Monroe, Don Prickel. Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, 2001.
» This guide is designed to help family literacy educators, program administrators and curriculum specialists implement outcomes-based learner-centred instruction.

LINC-Parenting program: manual and curriculum guidelines.
Developed by Toronto District School Board, 2000.
» Designed for use with newcomers with infants and young children, LINC has been shown to be effective for improving literacy of parents and children.

Life in the family: a newcomer’s guide to parenting issues in Canada: curriculum for ESL classes. (online resource)
By the BC Institute Against Family Violence, 2002. Available at en.copian.ca/library/learning/newguide/cover.htm
» This curriculum, designed for ESL teachers to use with adults who have recently come to Canada, provides information and resources about parenting and discipline issues.

Multicultural families, home literacies, and mainstream schooling.

Guofang Li, ed. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Pub., 2009.
» This collection of articles focuses on students’ out of school literacy and learning, culturally different patterns of parent involvement in the home, parents’ interactions with mainstream schools, and policy implications for minority and teacher education. Diverse family literacy practices of families from five different cultural and ethnic backgrounds are examined.

Multilingual parent resource sheets. (online)
Ottawa, ON: Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs, 2011. Available at http://www.welcomehere.ca/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewpage&pageid=673&parentid=575&stopRedirect=1
» As part of the Welcome Here project for immigrant parents, the Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs has produced ten multilingual information sheets for parents. Each sheet contains concise information on a parenting topic such as building active habits, supporting positive behaviour, and the pleasure of reading aloud. The sheets are available in 14 languages.

No limits to literacy for preschool English learners.
Theresa A. Roberts. Thousand Oaks, Ca.: Corwin, 2009.
» Focusing on preschool (age 3 to 5) English learners, this resource offers practical, research-based strategies to help strengthen language and literacy skills.

Parenting for academic success: a curriculum for families learning English.
By Janet M. Fulton et al. Louisville, Ky.: National Center for Family Literacy, 2005.
» This 12 unit curriculum is designed for parents who are non-native speakers of English with children in kindergarten through grade three. It is also appropriate for parents of younger children.

Practitioner toolkit: working with adult English language learners.
Designed and written by The National Center for Family Literacy and The National Center for ESL Literacy Education at the Center for Applied Linguistics. Louisville, KY: NCFL, 2004. Also available online at en.copian.ca/library/research/practool/practool.pdf
» This resource is designed to give support to adult education and family literacy instructors who are new to serving adult English language learners and their families in rural, urban, and faith- and community-based programs. There is a focus in ESL and family literacy.

Talking about wordless picture books: a tutor strategy supporting English language learners. (online)
Janet M. Fulton. National Center for Family Literacy, 2006.
www.famlit.org/pdf/talking-about-wordless-picture-books.pdf
» This resource was designed to support tutors who are working with low-intermediate English language learner parents in family literacy programs. It provides activities and strategies to help these parents develop conversational skills.

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Newcomer and Citizenship

Arrival survival Canada : a handbook for new immigrants.
By Naeem “Nick” Noorani and Sabrina Noorani. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford, 2008.
» This is a guide to life in Canada covering different subjects such as opening bank accounts, creating a credit history, and understanding the school systems. This book teaches readers about Canadian culture, giving solutions to the most common newcomer problems.

BC/Canada. (Book + audio CD)
By Donna Bowler, vocals by Antonia Robertson. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2011.
» Designed for teachers of adult ESL from levels literacy to 3, this binder contains units on British Columbia and Canada, with 3 months’ worth of materials for each level from 1 to 3, plus a special one-month unit for literacy. Each chapter has an annotated index with comprehensive teaching and follow-up suggestions, handouts by level, related websites and field trip suggestions, with integrated grammar exercises.

A beginning look at Canada. 3rd ed.
Written by Anne-Marie Kaskens. Saint-Laurent, Que.: Pearson Longman, 2010.
» This workbook introduces essential facts about Canada’s geography, people, history and government in a clear language format. Each unit includes an information reading and comprehension exercises.

Being Canadian.
Judy Cameron & Tracey Derwing. Saint-Laurent, Que.: Pearson Longman, 2010.
» “A book of readings that promotes language development and Canadian citizenship skills and knowledge…. Written at a level accessible to Canadian Language Benchmarks 3 to 7.” — back cover.

British Columbia.
By Jill Foran. Victoria, BC: Weigl, 2004.
» This short book describes and explains the symbols of BC (flag, coat of arms, official mace), emblematic plants, animals and minerals, and other special features.

British Columbia.
By Jill Foran. Victoria, BC: Weigl, 2008.
» This book presents a brief description of the environment, history, industry, tourist attractions, arts, sports, and cultures of BC.

British Columbia newcomers’ guide to resources and services. 2012 ed.
British Columbia. Ministry Responsible for Multiculturalism and Immigration. Victoria, BC: WelcomeBC, 2012. Also available online at www.welcomebc.ca/newcomers_guide/newcomerguide.aspx#.Ugksf6x5FI1
» Designed for new immigrants to British Columbia, this guide offers information on topics such as housing, banking, health care, education, cars and driving, employment and business, the legal system, government and citizenship.

Canadian citizenship practice test. (online)
Richmond, BC: Richmond Public Library, 2008.
www.yourlibrary.ca/citizenship/ .
» This practice test consists of over 100 multiple choice questions based on Discover Canada.

Canadian Government series.
Edited by Don Wells. Calgary, AB: Weigl, 2005.
The Canadian identity.
Canada’s system of government.
Canadian citizenship.
Canada’s road to independence.
Canadian unity.
Canada and the global village.
» This series looks at Canadian history, system of government and current policy.

Canadian holidays series.
Victoria, BC: Weigl, 2003.
Easter. By Jill Foran.
Victoria Day. By Jill Foran.
Canada Day. By Heather Kissock.
Thanksgiving. By Jill Foran.
Remembrance Day. By Jill Foran.
Christmas. By Jill Foran.
» Facts about the history, traditions, symbols, and celebrations of some Canadian holidays.

Discover Canada: the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. (online)
Ottawa, ON: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 2011.
www.cic.gc.ca/EnGLIsh/resources/publications/discover/index.asp
» This resource contains the information needed to prepare for the citizenship test.

ELSA Net newcomers’ guide educational resource. (Online)
Jennifer Walsh Marr. Vancouver, BC: ELSA Net, 2012.
www.elsanet.org/education/index.html
» This teaching resource contains classroom activities and contact assignments to supplement the BC newcomers’ guide to resources and services. The activities, designed for different ELSA and CLB levels, are designed to increase student understanding of and access to immigrant and mainstream services available in BC.

Welcome to Canada: what you should know. (online)
Ottawa, ON: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 2007.
www.cic.gc.ca/English/resources/publications/welcome/index.asp
» Introductory information on what it’s like to live in Canada.

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Workplace and Essential Skills

Canadian Language Benchmarks/Essential Skills in the workplace. (Website)
www.itsessential.ca/itsessential/display_page.asp?page_id=1
» This website includes resources to help align Canadian Language Benchmarks with Essential Skills for the workplace.

Common ground: English in the workplace: training manual & facilitator’s manual.
Douglas Parsons and Paul Holmes. Edmonton, AB: NorQuest College, 2010. Also available online at www.en.copian.ca/library/learning/commongrnd/train_manual/train_manual.pdf and www.en.copian.ca/library/learning/commongrnd/fac_manual/fac_manual.pdf
» The training manual for Common Ground presents a ten module curriculum that is designed to help workers from outside Canada understand Canadian workplace safety policy, practice pronunciation clarity, learn about working in multicultural organizations, and expand industry-specific and idiomatic vocabulary. Each module contains suggested activities and handouts. The facilitator’s manual contains advice to English in the Workplace facilitators – both new and experienced, including working with ESL learners, lesson planning, and adapting coursework to individual needs.

Conversations for work. (Book + audio CD)
Ellen E. Vacco. Syracuse, NY: New Readers Press, 2007.
» “Conversations for work helps beginning-level ESL students develop the language skills they need to communicate effectively on the job. Lessons emphasize oral skills and are based on workplace themes such as talking about the job, understanding schedules, using safety gear, and asking for and receiving help”—cover. A separate teacher’s guide is available, and includes photo copy masters and audio CD.

English for work activities: a picture process dictionary.
Lynn Stafford-Yilmaz. Syracuse, NY: New Readers Press, 2004. Accompanying workbook and teacher’s guide also available.
» This book, designed for high beginning to low intermediate learners, is organized into 50 chapters. Each chapter describes a specific process, highlighting vocabulary and workplace concepts. Colour illustrations throughout.

ESL for agricultural workers – low beginner and upper beginner.
By Leonna Thiessen and Joan Berndt. Abbotsford, BC: Gladwin Language Centre, 2008.
» These two binders contain lessons designed specifically for new ESL learners working in agriculture and horticulture industries.

Key vocabulary for a safe workplace.
Harry Ringel. Syracuse, NY: New Readers Press, 2000.
» A tool kit designed to help ESL learners understand the essential language of workplace safety. Lessons can be used in any order and adapted to individual, pair or group settings. A separate teacher’s guide with the same title is available.

Language for work: CLB and Essential Skills lesson plans for ESL instructors. (online)
Ottawa, ON: Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks, 2009.
www.itsessential.ca/itsessential/display_page.asp?page_id=398
» Practical lesson plans developed around workplace situations and rated by CLB level.

Learn the workplace: Canadian culture at work. (Online)
Winnipeg, Man. : The Centre for Education and Work, 2012.
www.learntheworkplace.ca/index_en.html
This online resource is designed to help foreign-trained workers understand the Canadian workplace. It allows immigrant workers to prepare for the unwritten expectations in Canadian workplace culture such as communication, working in teams, management and supervisory approaches, management structures and their impact on reporting and communication styles, learning skills, and social interactions. It contains four modules: workplace expectations, skills and abilities, finding supports, and working with others. Each module contains interactive learning activities, including simulations and games. There is a learner’s website with the learning modules, and a facilitator’s website that includes additional material on working with immigrant learners, how adults learn, teaching tips, and additional lesson plans to supplement the modules (CLB 5+).

On-the-job English. ESL for job success.
Christy M. Newman. Syracuse, NY: New Readers Press, 2000. Teacher’s guide is also available.
» Developed to help high-beginning ESL learners develop the language skills and effective communication strategies they need to succeed in the workplace. On-the-job English focuses on functional language needed for such common workplace tasks as giving and understanding instructions, participating in work discussions, reading and understanding safety rules, and discussing problems on the job.

You’re hired … now what?: an immigrant’s guide to success in the Canadian workplace.
Lynda Goldman. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2010.
» This book is written for immigrants entering a professional work environment in Canada. Topics are useful to anyone new to the Canadian workplace. Special focus on issues that can arise from cultural differences. There is an accompanying workbook that is available separately.

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Instructor and Tutor Materials

911 for literacy: teacher’s guide.
By Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2009.
» This teacher’s manual is designed for a one-month unit on emergencies for mixed literacy or low one classes. It includes readers, student workbook, audio CD, copy masters as well as the teacher’s guide.

Adult ESL literacy resource: survival guide for instructors. (online resource)
By Janet Massaro. Vancouver, BC: ELSA Net, 2004.
www.listn.info/site/wp-content/uploads/pdf/literacy_guide.pdf
» The purpose of this guide is to support ESL instructors who have literacy learners in their classes. This guide was written for instructors who are TESL/TESOL trained, have some experience in community-based adult ESL programs and are familiar with current ESL teaching methods.

Airport for literacy.
By Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2008.
» This teacher’s manual is designed for a one-month unit on airports for Literacy/low 1 level students. It includes readers, student handouts, CDs and activity masters.

All about literacy : a how to book for classroom teachers of literacy level adult ESL.
Written by Sandra Price-Hosie. Victoria, BC: Trafford, 2005.
» This practical book is written for classroom teachers of ESL literacy. In addition to strategies and exercises, the book maintains that understanding the learner is essential.

Banking for lit and l. 1. 2nd ed.
Donna Bowler. Vancouver, B.C.: successintesl, 2013.
» This revised edition of ‘Banking for literacy’ includes a teacher’s manual and student handouts and activity masters for a one-month unit on banking for literacy/low 1 level ESL students. Topics include: number fluency and money amounts, reading and writing cheques, paying bills, steps in using a bank machine, and more. A sample reader and masters for 4 small readers are included.

The CAELA guide for adult ESL trainers. (online)
Washington, DC: CAELA Network, 2007.
www.cal.org/caela/scb/guide.html
» Information for training adult ESL practitioners and tutors. Includes information for trainers, workshop modules, study guides for study circles and mentoring, and resources for training.

Canadian language basics: lesson plans for LINC/ELSA level 2 with reproducible worksheets: volume A.
Heather Davis, Lucy Sanford. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2011.
» Based on Canadian topics, the first 11 units in this book begin in fall and follow a newly immigrated Russian family in Ontario as they learn about Canadian schools an education, fall sights and celebrations, and the basics of family c, clothing, and healthy living. The 12th and final unit is a Canadiana unit focused on Central Canada. Written for students at CLB level 2. Includes detailed lesson plans and worksheets that follow the LINC/ELSA level 2 curriculum guidelines.

Canadian language basics: lesson plans for LINC/ELSA level 2 with reproducible worksheets: volume B.
Heather Davis, Lucy Sanford. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2011.
» Based on Canadian topics, the first 11 units in this book begin in winter and follow a young couple from Colombia who are expecting their first child. The units are centred on practical themes such as health, transportation, and community services. The 12th and final unit is a Canadiana unit focused on the Prairies and the Arctic. Written for students at CLB level 2. Includes detailed lesson plans and worksheets that follow the LINC/ELSA level 2 curriculum guidelines.

Canadian language basics: lesson plans for LINC/ELSA level 2 with reproducible worksheets: volume C.
Heather Davis, Lucy Sanford. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2011.
» Based on Canadian topics, the first 11 units of this book introduce Canadian spring and summer through a family from China living in Vancouver. The units are centred on themes including the environment, occupations, job searching, and leisure activities. The units work sequentially through the LINC/ELSA level 2 requirements. The 12th and final unit is a Canadiana unit looking at Western and Eastern Canada. Includes detailed lesson plans and worksheets

Clear speech: pronunciation and listening comprehension in North American English. 4th ed.
Judy B. Gilbert.
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
» Designed for intermediate and high intermediate students of English, this student book contains exercises to improve speaking skills and listening comprehension. It includes visual representations to help students understand pronunciation. Every unit’s audio is available for free download at www.cambridge.org/us/esl/clearspeech/audio/ .

Clear speech: pronunciation and listening comprehension in North American English. 4th ed.
Judy B. Gilbert.
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
» Designed to accompany the Clear Speech 4th edition student book, this teacher resource provides unit overviews, teaching suggestions, audio scripts, and answer keys for each unit and appendix in the student’s book. It also includes photocopiable diagnostic tests and 15 unit quizzes, accompanied by audio scripts and answer keys.

Clothing bingo plus. (Game)
By Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2010.
» For levels 1 to 3. This game is intended to review clothing items, sizes, colours, store departments and clothing care instructions. Includes extra handouts to cover dialogues, store directories, vocabulary handouts, discussion questions, field trip task sheets, and more. There is also a shopping unit review board game and question card set.

Collins Webster’s easy learning English conversation.
London: HarperCollins, 2012.
» The text consists of 14 units, each illustrating the language used in a particular situation. The topic-based units cover the language learner’s need in everyday situations, but also language for more formal situations, such as a seminar or business meeting. Each section contains a list of the most useful phrases, with information on where and when they should be used, and a short sample of a conversation, showing the learner how a typical conversation flows in English. An audio CD contains all the conversations from the book, and allows the user to practise what they have learned.

Compelling conversations: questions & quotations on timeless topics.
Eric Hermann Roth. [Los Angeles]: Chimayo Press, 2008.
» This book provides instruction ideas, quotations and topics for tutoring ESL students in conversational English. Intended for advanced ESL students, but intermediate-level students will probably find the materials interesting and helpful as well.

Conversation strategies: pair and group activities for developing communicative competence. 2nd ed.
David Kehe, Peggy Dustin Kehe, with illustrations by Andrew Toos. Brattleboro, Vt.: Pro Lingua Associates, 2009.
» “This book is a collection of activities for pair and small group conversation practice. It is designed to be used with a wide range of intermediate level students of English as a second or foreign language. The format of the activities puts the focus on the students, rather than the teacher. At the same time, the activities are designed to be nonthreatening to even the most reserved students.” – p. v

Developing listening skills 1. 2nd ed. (Book + CD)
Developing listening skills 2. 2nd ed. (Book + CD)
Developing listening skills 3, 2nd ed. (Book + CD)

Casey Malarcher. Santa Fe Springs, Calif.: Compass Publishing, 2010.
» The books in this series each feature 12 units with real world listening practice on interesting and useful topics. The exercises combine listening with reading, speaking, and writing tasks to reinforce retention of high-frequency vocabulary and phrases. Audio content is contained on the CED (MP3 format). The books progress from easier (early intermediate) to more challenging ((upper intermediate).

Doctor for literacy and low 1.
By Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2010.
» This teacher’s manual includes four readers plus student handout and activity masters for a unit on visiting the doctor for literacy/low 1 level students. Activities, techniques and a sample lesson plan are included. The library also has the student workbook and CD.

Empower English language learners with tools from the Web.
Lori Langer de Ramirez. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press, 2010.
» This book looks at the use of blogs, wikis, podcasts, YouTube, TeacherTube, Flickr and VoiceThread in teaching English language learners.

English-as-a-second language tutor training kit : a learner-centred approach to tutoring adult ESL learners : facilitator training manual.
By Myrina Rutten-James. Regina, SK :Regina Public Library, 2003. Also available online at www.nald.ca/library/learning/ttk/ftm/TTKFTM.pdf . The accompanying tutor training manual is also available online at www.nald.ca/library/learning/ttk/ttm/ttkttm.pdf .
» A program designed to give tutor trainees basic tools for tutoring ESL learners.

English conversation. Practice makes perfect.
Jean Yates. Chicago, IL: McGraw-Hill, 2012.
» This book, designed for self- study, provides practice with vocabulary and structures commonly used in informal conversations. Each of the thirteen chapters is devoted to a particular conversational function. Each chapter begins with a conversation followed by a discussion of vocabulary and structures important for that type of conversation, and practice exercises.

English for everyday activities: a picture process dictionary. Basic ed.
Lawrence J. Zwier. Syracuse, NY: New Readers Press, 2002.
» Everyday processes such as shopping, making a phone call, and taking a bus are illustrated with colored drawings. Key vocabulary is given for each activity. This basic edition is intended for beginning ESL students. Accompanying workbook and teacher’s guide also available separately.

English for restaurant workers. 2nd ed.

Renee Talalla. Seoul, Korea: Compass Publishing, 2008.
» Designed for trainee waiters and waitresses, and for trainers in restaurant and catering, this book uses a picture-based format to illustrate restaurant tasks and common phrases, terms and expressions.

English language learners: teaching strategies that work.
Larry Ferlazzo. Santa Barbara, Ca.: Linworth, 2010.
» Based on five principles of teaching: building relationships, assessing prior knowledge through student stories, developing student leadership, learning by doing, and reflection. In addition to lessons, the book also shows how to take advantage of technology and games as teaching tools.

English made easy: learning English through pictures: vol. 1 and vol. 2.
By Jonathan Crichton and Pieter Koster. North Clarendon, VT: Tuttle, 2006.
» Uses pictures and text together to create understanding and help learners to learn more productively. It includes elements of vocabulary, grammar and functions of English as it is used in social situations. Each unit includes a pronunciation guide for the words used within that unit.

English : no problem! Literacy book. (3 volumes: Literacy Teacher’s Edition, Literacy Workbook, Literacy Book).
Written by Elizabeth Minicz and Marcia L. Taylor. NY: New Readers Press, 2004.
» This series, for adult and young adult literacy-level learners, includes a student book, a teacher’s edition, and a workbook. Vocabulary acquisition and listening skills are the central focus.

English problem solver. Practice makes perfect.
Ed Swick. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013.
» This book provides examples and exercises in understanding and using English grammar which may be particularly challenging for English language learners. Covers topics such as indefinite articles, homophones, irregular verbs, and others. Includes an answer key.

English sentence builder. Practice makes perfect.
Edward Swick. Toronto: McGraw Hill, 2009.
» This book provides practice in using English vocabulary and English grammar to write sentences and communicate effectively. It includes explanations on how to apply grammar to create sentences, examples of correct word order, and an answer key.

ESL Bingo. (Game)
By Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 200?
» For ESL bingo, students need to know both cardinal and ordinal numbers plus east, west, and money amounts.

ESL classics : songs for learning English. (CD + workbook)
By Maureen Stewart. Toronto, ON: Maureen Stewart, 2006.
» This CD of classical music is designed to be used with the student workbook. Each of the nine songs is covered by a unit in the workbook, focusing on specific grammatical structures and themes. The accompanying exercises focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing.

ESL Literacy Network. (website)

Calgary, Alta. : Bow Valley College, 2011-
https://centre.bowvalleycollege.ca/networks/esl-literacy-network
» This comprehensive website contains research-based information, resources and tools. It is particularly concerned with addressing the needs of learners with interrupted formal education.

The ESL/ELL teacher’s book of lists. 2nd ed.
Jacqueline E. Kress. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2008.
» This practical resource contains lists that can be reproduced for students or used to provide a basis for developing instructional materials and lessons. The lists contain teachable content, key words, and important concepts to help reinforce and enhance grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and writing skills in ESL classes.

ESOL. Developing adult teaching and learning: practitioner guides.
By Melanie Cooke & Celia Roberts. Leicester, UK: NIACE, 2007.
» This guide explores ways of turning learner talk into opportunities for teaching and learning in the adult ESL classroom. Each section includes a brief introduction to a teaching strategy, followed by examples from practice and suggestions for using the strategy. General guidelines for turning talk into learning are presented.

Eye on Literacy Wordless Picture Books
St. Alberta, Alta.: Eye on Literacy Ltd., 2012.
» These wordless pictures books are designed for adult second language literacy learners. They can be used to create learner-generated texts by moving learners from oral language to print. Each picture book has an accompanying binder of teacher support materials including detailed learning tasks and ready-to-use teaching materials.
• Can you fix it?
• Chinese dumplings
• Family
• Flat tire
• In the kitchen
• Injera
• Pancakes
• Where are you from?
• Where is it?

Fifty strategies for teaching English language learners. 3rd ed.
Adrienne Herrell & Michael Jordan. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Merrill Prentice Hall, 2008.
» Designed for K-12 teachers, this book presents 50 strategies for teaching English as a second language. It includes step by step instructions for implementing each strategy as well as examples of the strategy in action. Many of the strategies may be adapted for adult learners.

Food dialog card game. (Game)
By Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 200?
» This game is adaptable to any level from literacy to level 3.

Frontier College : a toolbox for ESL tutors : An instructional guide for teaching English as a second language to newcomers.
By Marlene A. Pionteck. Toronto, ON: Frontier College Press, 2000. Also available online at www.en.copian.ca/library/learning/toolbox/cover.htm
» The ESL Tutor Toolbox is designed to provide tutors/teachers with practical lesson activities that can be adapted and/or expanded depending on the student’s interest, goals and prior knowledge.

Games for language learning. 3rd ed.
Andrew Wright, David Betteridge, Michael Buckby. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
» This comprehensive collection of language games is mainly for adolescent and adult learners from beginner to intermediate level. The games are designed to maximize challenge, creation, play and success while minimizing competition.

Grammar wise 1. Grammar wise 2.
Kevin Anthony Keating. Syracuse, NY: New Readers Press, 2004.
» These manuals are intended to be used in grammar skills instruction for ESL students. Lessons offer a wide variety of practice in real-life context using model sentences followed by controlled and free-response exercises. 1 is intended for beginning and high-beginning learners; 2 is intended for high-beginning to low-intermediate ESL students.

A guide for tutoring adult ESL students.
Prepared for the Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Advanced Education and Job Training by Jennifer House and Myrna Rabinowitz. Victoria, BC, 1991.
» This manual introduces tutors to the process of tutoring and stresses a learner-centred process.

Holidays for literacy.
By Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2009.
» This teacher’s manual includes readers, student handouts, and activity masters for holidays for literacy/low 1 level students. Activities, techniques and sample lesson plans are included. For convenience, the library has divided this resource into four separate resources by season.

Housing for literacy (& low 1) : teacher’s guide.
By Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2009.
» This book covers three topics: furniture and rooms, housing problems, and a new apartment. It contains a teacher’s guide, the student book, student readers, 2 practice CDs and teacher handouts including copy masters for the readers, supplementary exercises, and game and activity masters.

Housing: supplement for level one.
Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2012.
»This is a supplement to the ‘Housing for Literacy (& Low 1) resource. This resource includes the an annotated index of the original teacher’s guide, extra teaching materials for low 1, and a low 1 student workbook. It is intended to be used with ‘Housing for Literacy (& Low 1). The audio CD accompanies the student workbook and is intended for student practice. It includes vocals and guitar by Antonia Robertson.

How should adult ESL reading instruction differ from ABE reading instruction? (online)
Miriam Burt, Joy Kreeft Peyton, and Carol Van Duzer. Washington, DC: Center for Adult English Language Acquisition(CAELA), 2005.
www.cal.org/caela/esl_resources/briefs/Readingdif.pdf
» This brief outlines the four components of reading and describes for each issues for adult English language learners and teaching suggestions.

How the ELL brain learns.
David Sousa. Thousand Oaks, Ca.: Corwin, 2011.
» Combines current research on how the brain learns language with strategies for teaching English language learners in K-12 classrooms. Looks at the linguistic reorganization needed to acquire another language after the age of 5. Includes a chapter on detecting English language learning problems and intervention strategies to use with struggling learners.

I speak English : a guide to teaching English to speakers of other languages – listening, speaking, reading, writing. 4th ed.
By Ruth Johnson Colvin. Syracuse, NY: Literacy Volunteers of America, 1997.
» This book is presented in a practical manner, so that volunteers with no previous teaching experience can teach effectively. Includes lesson plans and checklists.

Illustrated everyday idioms with stories 1.
Casey Malarcher. Guilderland, NY: Compass Publishing, 2003.
» Explains English idioms in a humorous way. Short definitions for each idiom are followed by humorous illustrations and sample usage. International folktales incorporating idioms are included.

Intercultural activities. Oxford basics.
Simon Gill, Michael Cankova.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
» This book contains thirty activities for English language learners between elementary and intermediate level, based on culture. The activities are designed to develop learners’ awareness of culture – their own and others – and increase their ability to discuss the similarities, differences and areas of interest that they discover.

Just joking: stories for listening and discussion.
Sandra Heyer. White Plains, NY: Longman, 2005.
» A listening and discussion text for high-beginning learners of English. Each unit is centred on a joke – a humorous, illustrated story that concludes with a punch line. Ideal in a listening/speaking course but it can also be used in any class to motivate and relax learners and to add variety to lessons.

Just speak up 1. (Book + audio disc)
Olga Geissler. Texas: Compass Publishing, 2009.
» This is the first of a series of 3 books designed to help English language learners speaking abilities by engagin them in conversations. There are classroom materials and lesson plans to guide students through 20 thematic units. The MP3 sound disc contains audio recordings for listening activities and sample responses to model intonation and pronunciation. Includes activities to scaffold speaking tasks for lower-level or less secure speakers.

Learner English: a teacher’s guide to interference and other problems.
Edited by Michael Swan and Bernard Smith. NY: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
» With a chapter for each of 22 different language backgrounds, this book describes and explains the characteristic pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and other mistakes of learners who speak English as a second language.

Learning computers, speaking English: cooperative activities for learning English and basic word processing.
Steve Quann and Diana Satin. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007.
» Leads high-beginning and intermediate ESL students through cooperative computer-based activities that combine language learning with training in basic computer skills and word processing. While the operating system may be dated, the ideas for activities can be adapted.

Learning for LIFE: an ESL literacy handbook.
Emily Albertsen & Valerie Millar, eds. Calgary, AB: Bow Valley College, 2009.
» This practical handbook is designed for instructors, program coordinators, and others concerned with ESL literacy. It outlines promising practices, program considerations, strategies for the classroom and four different levels of ESL literacy. It also includes a toolbox of materials and ideas for teaching, a literature review of the field of ESL literacy, and an annotated bibliography of relevant sources in the field.

Learning to read in a new language (2nd ed.).
By Eve Gregory. Los Angeles, CA: Sage, 2008.
» This book offers a practical reading program – an ‘Inside-Out (starting from experience) and ‘Outside-In’ (starting from literature) approach to teaching. While it is focused on teaching children, there is valuable information for teaching adults as well.

Lessons from nothing: activities for language teaching with limited time and resources.
Bruce Marsland. NY: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
» This practical sourcebook contains about 70 language teaching activities which do not require extensive equipment or preparation. There are activities for a variety of ages and levels.

Let’s talk 1. (Book + audio disc) 2nd ed.
Leo Jones. NY: Cambridge University Press, 2008.
» This student book contains 16 four-page thematic units and is the first in a three part speaking and listening course for young adults and adults. It is designed to develop oral communication skills and build learner confidence. Includes pair and group activities, vocabulary-building exercises, and a self-study section. Includes a self-study audio CD. Designed for high-beginning/low-intermediate students.

Listen to the loon : an intermediate listening program. (Kit)
By Joan White. Don Mills, Ont. :Oxford, 1997.
» A Canadian listening program for intermediate to advanced ESL students. Students learn about the history, geography, and people of Canada while developing their listening skills.

Literacy sub package. (Kit)
By Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2009
» This package, designed for substitute ESL literacy teachers, contains lesson plans, activities, handouts, picture cards, a game and sample reader with copy master.

Longman ESL literacy student book, 3rd Edition.
By Yvonne Wong Nishio. New York: Longman, 2006.
» This book offers a basic introduction to English for students who are not ready for a Level 1 course. It is useful for teachers looking for materials to use with students or looking for ideas to develop their own teaching materials.

More ESL classics: a multi-level songbook combining classical music and thematic verses. (CD + workbook)
Maureen Stewart. Toronto, ON: Maureen Stewart, 2007.
» This book is divided into nine themed units: school, driving, travel, socializing, the party, banking, crime/safety, pets, neighbourhood. Each unit is associated with a particular piece of classical music and deals with specific grammatical structures. The accompanying exercises focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Range from low beginner to intermediate.

Multiple intelligences and language learning: a guidebook of theory, activities, inventories, and resources.
Mary Ann Christison. Burlingame, Ca.: Alta Book Center, 2005.
» This book provides an introduction to multiple intelligence theory and looks at how it can be used in language teaching. Over 160 practical, user-friendly activities are sorted by age and language level. Suggestions are made for lesson planning and curriculum development structured around MI theory. Includes photocopiable activity handouts.

Multiple intelligences in EFL: exercises for secondary and adult students.
Herbert Puchta & Mario Rinvolucri. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
» The 74 activities in this book demonstrate how multiple intelligences theory can be used in designing language lessons for adolescent and adult students learning English as a second language.

Neighbourhood places for lit & low 1.
Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2012.
»This resource, designed for teaching literacy and low 1 level ESL learners, presents language learning activities in the context of neighbourhood places. It is divided into 5 sections: neighbourhood places, a busy day, places, at the community centre, and field trips. Both the teacher’s guide and student workbook are included. The CD contains an audio for the student workbook.

Number & money wizard. (Game)
By Donna Bowler, Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2008.
» Intended for ESL learners at any level, each kit comes with class set of easy and difficult math problems, money amount cards, coin problem, real coin sets and laminated bills.

Oxford picture dictionary: monolingual. 2nd Canadian edition.
Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Norma Shapiro. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2010.
» This visual dictionary is theme-based and presents 4,000 words and phrases with meaningful, real-life contexts. The themes include food, clothing, health, housing, community, transportation and work.

Oxford picture dictionary: Canadian edition: low beginning workbook.
Jane Spigarelli. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2010.
» Designed to accompany the Oxford Picture Dictionary: Canadian edition, this workbook corresponds with the dictionary and offers practice in low-beginning vocabulary for everyday topics.

Oxford picture dictionary: Canadian edition: high beginning workbook.
Marjorie Fuchs. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2010.
» Designed to accompany the Oxford Picture Dictionary: Canadian edition, this workbook corresponds with the dictionary and offers practice in high beginning vocabulary for everyday topics.

Practicing what we teach: how culturally responsive literacy classrooms make a difference.
Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt and Althier M. Lazar, eds. NY: Teachers College Press, 2011.
» This collection of articles looks at the different dimensions of culturally responsive teaching practice and what K – 12 teachers do when they serve culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Ready to write 1: a first composition text (with answer key). 3rd ed.
Karen Blanchard & Christine Root. White Plains, NY: Pearson Education, 2010.
» This book teaches beginning students the composition skills they need to be successful writers in and out of the classroom. Includes guided assignments and real-life writing tasks.

Reducing stress and promoting mental health in the ABE/ESOL classroom. (online)
Lenore Balliro. Boston, MA: World Education, 2012.
nelrc.org/managingstress/pdfs/Reducing%20Stress%20and%20Promoting%20Mental%20Health%20-%20Balliro.pdf
»This document gathers together ideas from the ‘Managing Stress to Improve Learning’ project. It includes “practical, hands-on approaches to help teachers practice – proactively and responsively – creating safe and stable learning environments where students can manage their stressors and persist in their learning goals.” (p. 3). It includes suggestions for classroom environment, rituals and routines, policies, classroom content and teaching strategies, program support, connecting to community resources, and professional development.

Reel Canada: integrated skills through Canadian film. (book + audio CD + DVD)
Mohammad Hashemi. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press, 2012.
»Developed for use with intermediate level ESL students, this resource uses 10 National Film Board films as the focal point of language learning lessons. Each chapter is organized around a film and includes two reading comprehension passages, grammar, the film, academic and creative writing exercises, listening comprehension section with clips taken from popular CBC programs and podcasts, idioms related to the theme of the film, speaking exercises and an exploration of the theme in terms of its Canadian perspective. The audio clips and film are contained in the audio disc and the DVD.

Reflection and action in ESOL classrooms.
Melanie Cooke and Celia Roberts. London: NRDC, 2007. Also available online at www.nrdc.org.uk/publications_details.asp?ID=112
»This brief guide illustrates some ways that ESL teachers can reflect on their teaching and shows stages they may use if they want to carry out action research in their classrooms.

Resources for teachers. ELSA Net (Website)
Vancouver, BC: ELSA Net, 2011 (continuously updated).
http://www.listn.info/site/resources/resources-for-teachers-2
» This page on the ELSA Net website contains a wealth of resources for adult and youth ESL teachers. There are curriculum resources, health literacy resources, an assessment tool, newcomer guides, and a list of useful links.

Shopping for clothes (for lit & low 1). (Book + CD)
Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2012.
»This teacher’s guide includes classroom materials (including student worksheets, game and activity masters, and readers) for literacy and low level 1. It covers types of clothing, clothing departments, size and colour, simple shopping dialogues, methods of payment, reading flyers, asking and following directions, and simple rules regarding returns. Numeracy sections include asking and answering questions about size, recognizing and counting money, prices, size labels, reading receipts and flyers. Students also learn to sound out target words in daily phonics sequences. The audio CD includes dialogues and songs.

Shopping for food: for lit and low 1.
Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2011.
» This teacher’s guide and activity book is a resource written for literacy levels and low 1. Topics are organized around food choice, navigating the supermarket, grammar and pronunciation supplements. This resource includes photocopiable games, worksheets, and activity masters.

So, where are the males?: introducing ESL males to language and literacy development.
Laureen MacKenzie & Elaine Cairns. Calgary, AB: Further Education Society, 2004.
» “The resource was created to assist community agencies interested in providing language and literacy classes for males learning ESL. It allows the community agency to evaluate its own readiness to provide such a program, explore strategies for attracting the target client, and to examine seven tips for implementing a successful language and literacy program” (FES website).

The spelling toolbox: workbooks 1, 2 and 3.
By Linda Kita-Bradley. Edmonton, AB: Grassroots Press, 2002.
» These spelling workbooks aim to help adult beginner spellers develop a strategy-based approach to spelling.

Staying afloat: Life skills and English for ABE/ESL college students.
By Donna Barreca and Margaret Hepler. Vancouver, BC :Vancouver Community College, 2000.
» A life skills and English guide for ESL and ABE students. It contains many handouts and suggested activities.

Step forward Canada: language for everyday life 1.
Sharon Rajabi, & Ingrid Wisniewska. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press, 2008.
» Twelve theme-based units present a range of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) competencies in four skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Each unit provides activities to reinforce grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, communicative competence, critical thinking and math skills. Lessons integrate language instruction into workplace, academic and personal contexts. Workbook 1 is based on Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 1-3 and is intended for adult ESL level 1 beginner learners. A separate companion audio resource is available for this book that provides a range of activities to integrate the listening benchmarks.

Step forward Canada: language for everyday life 2.
Sharon Rajabi, & Ingrid Wisniewska. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press, 2008.
» Organized to develop the same skills as Workbook 1, Workbook 2 is based on Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 3-5 and is intended for adult ESL high beginner level 2 learners. A separate companion audio resource is available for this book that provides a range of activities to integrate the listening benchmarks.

Success in… (Series).
By Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 1997, 2008.
Success in seeing the doctor
Success in emergencies
Success in shopping for food
Success in going to the hospital
Success in airport check-ins
Success in customs and immigration
» This series of books designed for ESL students presents opportunities to use literacy skills in practical situations. Accompanying CDs contain “Listen and Repeat” sections for student practice. Some copies contain both the student books and the teacher’s guide.
Success in … Teacher’s guide and activity book.
» This teacher’s guide includes students’ book information, teaching hints, follow-up suggestions, worksheets and activity masters. The teacher’s CD has additional songs and exercises.

Success in car accidents for Levels high 1 to 3.
By Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2008.
» This teacher’s guide and activity book is a driver resource written for ELSA/Linc levels high 1 to high 3. Topics are organized around handling a car accident and include reporting an accident to ICBC, making a report to the police, getting stopped by the police, parts of the car, grammar and pronunciation supplements. This resource includes photocopiable games, worksheets, and activity masters. This is not a how-to-drive guide.

Success in pronunciation for Levels 1 & 2: student workbook.
Success in teaching pronunciation to Levels 1 & 2: teacher’s manual.
Written by Donna Bowler. Vancouver: successintesl, 2008.
» This set of pronunciation lessons helps students learn to “see a new word, say a new word”.

Taking action: a resource guide for instructors serving ESL adults with learning difficulties or learning disabilities.
Juline Thomley, Patty Mensing, Charles LaRue. Minneapolis, MN: LDA of Minnesota, 2003.
» This resource guide covers ESL trends, learning disability definitions and applications, language acquisition, factors that impact learning, best practice strategies for ESL learners, and the influence of pre-literacy. It also includes a screening tool for ESL adults, a reading assessment for preliterate adults, and a model for LD assessment of ESL learners.

Teaching adolescent English language learners: essential strategies for middle and high school.
Nancy Cloud, Judah Lakin, Erin Leininger and Laura Maxwell ; with a foreword by Deborah Short. Philadelphia: Caslon Pub., 2010.
» Provides strategies and techniques for instructing adolescent English language learners in a classroom setting, including lesson planning and use of internal support within the school system. While targeted at teachers of middle and high school students, the ideas presented are widely applicable to instruction in general. Discussion encompasses the impact of English language learning broadly, not limited to English classes.

Teaching ESL in Canada.
Xuemei Li, Johanne Myles, Pamela Robinson. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2012.
»Covers topics of interest to those teaching ESL to adults in Canada including: what makes teaching adults in Canada unique, advice on integrating students from various cultures into a classroom, detailed guidance on teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, tips on lesson planning and assessment, and ideas for using technology in the classroom.

Understanding learning disabilities in the ESL context. (DVD-ROM)
ELSA Net. Vancouver, BC : ELSA Net, 2011.
»This resource contains the text of 2 modules and 5 topics from an in person professional development course for ESL instructors. Presented by Robin Lovrien Schwarz, the course was titled “Inclusive classrooms for learning disabilities” and covered learning disabilities in adult ESL learners. The DVD also includes course readings and materials developed by course participants. The online course is available at training.elsanet.org/login/index.php . Log in using name: decoda literacy and password: dlmoodle.

Verbs for beginners dialog card game. (Kit)
By Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2008.
» This interactive game is adaptable to any level from literacy to level 3.

Weather for literacy: I’m so cold: teacher’s guide.
By Donna Bowler. Vancouver, BC: successintesl, 2009.
» This unit focuses on weather and shopping for winter clothes.

Westcoast reader. (Website)
Patty Bossort, ed. North Vancouver: Capilano University, updated monthly from September to June. Available at http://www.thewestcoastreader.com/
» The website for this popular learner newspaper contain links to the teachers’ notes and teacher resources. Print copies of this newspaper are available free to educational programs for adults, libraries, and multicultural agencies in BC. The website has audio for the two front page articles.

What’s next?: a multilevel phonics approach for ESL students. (Series)
Lia Conklin. Syracuse, NY: New Readers Press, 2012.
» What’s next? is a two-level reading series designed for multilevel English classes. The stories follow a young woman through her early days learning English. There are 4 student books at the introductory level and 4 student books at the low-beginning level. The two levels tell the same story, but in different formats. Each story is accompanied by listening, speaking, writing, vocabulary, and reading comprehension exercises for that level. There is an accompanying teacher’s guide. Each of the 8 student books and the teacher’s guide are available separately.

Book 1: 1. Introducing Samsam and Adam — 2. Where is the school? — 3. Samsam and Adam register for class — 4. Samsam’s morning routine — 5. A ride to school. (Available at both Introductory and Low Beginning level)
Book 2: 1. Samsam gets lost — 2. Buying school supplies — 3. Samsam’s English class — Review: Planning a celebration — Review: Planning a vacation. (Available at both Introductory and Low Beginning level)
Book 3: 1. Samsam and Adam’s weekend — 2. Rainy weather — 3. Samsam and Adam’s family — 4. Samsam looks for a job — 5. Samsam’s interview. (Available at both Introductory and Low Beginning level)
Book 4: 1. Apartment problems — 2. Apartment search — 3. Samsam’s doctor’s appointment — 4. Doctor’s orders — 5. Samsam’s surprise. (Available at both Introductory and Low Beginning level)
Teacher’s guide. Scope and sequence chart – Multilevel lesson planner – Using ‘What’s Next?’: the whole-parts-whole phonics approach to teaching English – Extension activities – Journal template.

Why do English language learners struggle with reading?: distinguishing language acquisition from learning disabilities.
Janette K. Klingner, John J. Hoover, Leonard M. Baca, eds. Thousand Oaks, Ca.: Corwin Press, 2008.
» This research-based guide looks at methods for determining whether English language learners are having reading difficulties that are related to language acquisition or learning disabilities. It offers a variety of best practices for use in school classrooms. Focuses on school age children.

Working with adult English language learners with limited literacy: research, practice, and professional development. (online)
Miriam Burt, Joy Kreeft Peyton and Kirsten Schaetzel. Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics, 2008.
www.cal.org/caelanetwork/pdfs/LimitedLiteracyFinalWeb.pdf
» This brief describes the background of adult English language learners with limited literacy, looks at what they need to know and do to acquire English literacy, discusses how teachers can facilitate skill development, and suggests models for teacher training.

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Learner Materials

All new easy true stories: a picture-based beginning reader.
Sandra Heyer. White Plains, NY: Longman, 2004.
» Real believe-it-or-not stories adapted from newspapers and magazines for beginning adult readers.

All new very easy true stories: a picture-based first reader.
Sandra Heyer. White Plains, NY: Pearson/Longman, 2006.
» Fourteen real believe-it-or-not stories adapted from newspapers and magazines for beginning adult readers. Each story is accompanied by pre-reading, pronunciation, spelling, vocabulary, comprehension, speaking and writing exercises.

Amazing 2! :Canadian newspaper stories.
Written by Susan Bates. Scarborough, Ont.: Prentice-Hall Allyn and Bacon Canada, 1997.
» The twelve newspaper stories in this book have been rewritten in two levels of simpler English for ESL classes. All stories are of Canadian content. Each story is followed by exercises; answer key included.

Best of The Reader: favourite stories from The Westcoast Reader. (Website)
Joan Acosta. Available at http://bestofthereader.ca/
» This website contains a series of e-books for adult literacy and ESL learners. Each book has 6-8 popular stories with accompanying activities and exercises. The library has print copies available for borrowing.

Can you believe it?: book 1: stories and idioms from real life.
Jann Huizenga. NY: Oxford University Press, 2000.
» Teaches high-frequency idioms, two-word verbs, and fixed expressions through true, memorable stories. Written for ESL/EFL students at a beginning level.

Canadian concepts. 1. 2nd ed.
Lynda Berish & Sandra Thibaudeau. Don Mills, ON: Prentice Hall Allyn & Bacon Canada, 1997.
» This text provides practice in basic survival language for students at the post-literacy level. Themes include numbers, letters, Canadian money, telling time, days, dates, and the weather.

ESL activities online. (online)
Mississauga, ON: Centre for Education & Training, 2006. Available at http://www.tcet.com/EAOnline/index.html .
»This website offers a number of interactive exercises and quizzes for ESL learners. “Canadian Corner” includes readings on Canadian topics and test questions for the Canadian citizenship test. Other activities include practice with grammar, idiom, punctuation, and prepositions.

More true stories: a high-beginning reader. 3rd ed. (book + audio CD)
Sandra Heyer. White Plains, NY: Pearson/Longman, 2009.
»This high-beginning reader for students of English consists of 22 units based on human-interest stories adapted from newspapers and magazines. Each unit includes exercises for vocabulary development, reading comprehension, pronunciation, discussion and writing. The Audio CD contains recordings of all the stories.

The official westcoast reader. (Website)
Nila Gopaul, ed. North Vancouver: Capilano University, updated monthly from September to June. Available at www.thewestcoastreader.com/
»Print copies of this newspaper, written for adult learners, are available free to educational programs for adults, libraries, and multicultural agencies in BC. The website has additional material for adult learners of English.

Oxford picture dictionary: monolingual. 2nd Canadian edition.
Jayme Adelson-Goldstein, Norma Shapiro. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2010.
»This visual dictionary is theme-based and presents 4,000 words and phrases with meaningful, real-life contexts. The themes include food, clothing, health, housing, community, transportation and work.

Oxford picture dictionary: Canadian edition: low beginning workbook.
Jane Spigarelli. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2010.
»Designed to accompany the Oxford Picture Dictionary: Canadian edition, this workbook corresponds with the dictionary and offers practice in low-beginning vocabulary for everyday topics.

Oxford picture dictionary: Canadian edition: high beginning workbook.
Marjorie Fuchs. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2010.
»Designed to accompany the Oxford Picture Dictionary: Canadian edition, this workbook corresponds with the dictionary and offers practice in high beginning vocabulary for everyday topics.

Study guide for CELPIP: The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program. 2nd ed.
Vancouver, BC: Applied Research and Evaluation Services, University of British Columbia, 2007.
» CELPIP provides both general and academic English language assessment in four skills areas: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The general test package is suitable for assessing individuals who plan to attend certain post-secondary or employment training programs where functional English language skills are required. Test score levels correspond to the Canadian Language Benchmarks. This study guide focuses on the general test package. Includes test-taking strategies and practical tips along with example questions with answers. The sound disc includes a sample listening test and sample speaking test.

True stories behind the songs: a beginning reader.
Sandra Heyer. White Plains, NY: Pearson Longman, 2010.
» This book features the lyrics for eight songs along with real, believe-it-or-not stories about the songs and the songwriters. Companion stories related to the topic of the song are included in the units along with exercises for vocabulary development, reading comprehension and writing and speaking practice.

True stories in the news: a beginning reader. 3rd ed. (Book + audio CD)
White Plains, NY: Pearson Education, 2008.
» Twenty-two readings for beginning adult readers based on human interest stories adapted from newspapers and magazines. Includes exercises for vocabulary development, reading comprehension, pronunciation, discussion and writing. The audio CD has recordings of all the stories.

Very easy true stories : a picture-based first reader.
By Sandra Heyer. White Plains, NY :Addison Wesley Longman, 1998.
» The 14 selections in this workbook are intended for ESL students and students with beginning level literacy skills. Each selection consists of pre-reading to identify basic vocabulary found in the story, picture-based formats for reading the story and a series of comprehension exercises.

Welcome to computers for ESL students: 2nd ed.: Windows XP version.
Olivia Adendorff & Lois Wooden. El Sobrante, CA: Labyrinth Learning, 2009.
» Designed for ESL students with at least a low-intermediate reading proficiency, this textbook covers the basics of using a computer that runs Windows XP. Includes exercises and covers Word 2007 and file management. Conversation exercises add an ESL instruction element.

Welcome to computers for ESL students: 2nd ed. workbook.
Olivia Adendorff & Lois Wooden. El Sobrante, CA: Labyrinth Learning, 2009.
» This supplement to the student text includes grammar, vocabulary, and conversation exercises about computer use.
What’s next?: a multilevel phonics approach for ESL students. (Series)
Lia Conklin. Syracuse, NY: New Readers Press, 2012.
» What’s next? is a two-level reading series designed for multilevel English classes. The stories follow a young woman through her early days learning English. There are 4 student books at the introductory level and 4 student books at the low-beginning level. The two levels tell the same story, but in different formats. Each story is accompanied by listening, speaking, writing, vocabulary, and reading comprehension exercises for that level. There is an accompanying teacher’s guide. Each of the 8 student books and the teacher’s guide are available separately.

Book 1: 1. Introducing Samsam and Adam — 2. Where is the school? — 3. Samsam and Adam register for class — 4. Samsam’s morning routine — 5. A ride to school. (Available at both Introductory and Low Beginning level)
Book 2: 1. Samsam gets lost — 2. Buying school supplies — 3. Samsam’s English class — Review: Planning a celebration — Review: Planning a vacation. (Available at both Introductory and Low Beginning level)
Book 3: 1. Samsam and Adam’s weekend — 2. Rainy weather — 3. Samsam and Adam’s family — 4. Samsam looks for a job — 5. Samsam’s interview. (Available at both Introductory and Low Beginning level)
Book 4: 1. Apartment problems — 2. Apartment search — 3. Samsam’s doctor’s appointment — 4. Doctor’s orders — 5. Samsam’s surprise. (Available at both Introductory and Low Beginning level)
Teacher’s guide. Scope and sequence chart – Multilevel lesson planner – Using ‘What’s Next?’: the whole-parts-whole phonics approach to teaching English – Extension activities – Journal template.

Wow! Stories from real life: a low-beginning, multi-skills text.
Natalie Hess & Laurel Pollard. Burlingame, CA: Alta Book Center Publishers, 2008.
» This book contains 8 units, each focused on a true story. Exercises for each unit include pre-reading activities, exercises for comprehension, vocabulary and holistic grammar, and personalized extensions. Designed for beginning students.

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Last updated: October 2013