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What's in the Library for ESL/EFL Students? 



















The library is no longer to limited to 4 walls. Whether your students need to find reading material for pleasure or for classes, or to conduct research, the library is the place to start. This workshop will introduce teachers to ways that they can use the library and its resources with their ESL/EFL students. Participants should have access to a library which offers print and electronic media, preferably one they would use with their students. This session will use Tapped In for most of its activities, so participants will also experience the potential of this resource.




Participants will identify and reflect on print and electronic resources that they can use with their students.

Participants will practice using some of online tools that will help their students develop and organize research projects.


Target audience


Secondary teachers and teachers of adults


Interest Section


Adult Education Interest Section

Secondary Schools Interest Section


 Weekly content


Week 1: Introductions

This week you will familiarize yourself with the Yahoo! Groups page, and then you will post a short introduction, including a photo and some links that will give us further information about you.  You will read each other’s introductions and respond in the YG.  This week we will also talk about what questions you hope this workshop will answer.


Part 1: Getting Set Up


Yahoo! Groups - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/libraryskills/

Read Me First file has information about getting set up in Yahoo! Groups.


Part 2: Getting to Know You


Look at: Introductions of the moderators

Read: Instructions for Part 2  

Write: Your own introduction on Yahoo! Groups

Upload: Your photo to the PHOTOS area.

Read and Respond: Read posts and respond to at least two people


Week 2: Tapped In to the Library

This week you will become familiar with Tapped In, a site for teachers and students to learn and collaborate together.  We have established a group there which you will join.  Our discussions this week will focus on library use for secondary and adult ESL students.  Finally, you will learn about the value of social bookmarking, as we explore and share relevant websites together.  This week we will also begin our synchronous chats using TI and other tools.


Part 1: Getting Set Up


Go to: Tapped In - http://tappedin.org/tappedin/

Read: Read Me Second file has information about getting set up in Tapped In.


Part 2: Library Use Discussion


Post, read, and respond: Post your answer; read others; respond to at least two people


Part 3: Social Bookmarking


Web Task: Read: http://culturecat.net/node/973

Explore some social bookmarking sites (links in Tapped In):







 (We’ll use Delicious for this course - EVO2009 library skills)


Social Bookmarking Discussion

 Post, read, and respond: Post your answer; read others; respond to at least two people


Week 3: Exploring Reading for Pleasure for ESL/EFL

This week we discuss the value of reading for pleasure in ESL/EFL programs, and we look at what kinds of print services your library offers that ESL students could use, including books, other materials, bilingual materials, high-interest/low level readers. We discuss what you would like to have to improve your library offerings for ESL students. Finally, we all will bookmark resources to share with each other using Del.icio.us.


Part 1: Helping ESL/EFL Student Read for Pleasure


Web Task: Read this article by Mary Clarity:



Explore these web sites.





Secondary (and lower) level:





Part 2: Reading for Pleasure Discussion

 Post, read, and respond: Post your answer; read others; respond to at least two people


Part 3: Bookmarks

 Bookmark any resources you found that will be useful to you and your fellow participants in Delicious.


Week 4: Exploring the Research Process


Traditionally the library has been the place to go to do research. While this is still the case, many more people use the Internet to meet their research needs. Whether research is being done using books and other print materials, the process is still the same. This week we will focus on the research process itself. Rather than assuming our students know how to conduct research, let’s assume that they need some guidance. The ideas and skills we talk about in this session are designed to help you and your students think about the research process in a systematic way.


Part 1: Web Resources for the Research Process

Web Task: Look at several of these web sites which outline the research process.

University level:




K-12 level:




Part 2: The Research Process Discussion

Choose the discussion thread in Tapped In that is appropriate for your level, secondary (approximately grades 8-12) and post-secondary (college, university, adult, etc.) consider these questions as for your post:

            Which one would be the most useful for your students?

What steps in the process will they have trouble with?

How can you alter the process so that it is more suited to your students’ needs?


Week 5: Reliability of web sites 


This week is a time to consider the Kathy Schrock web site in depth and determine what is most useful there. We will also begin an evaluation of the sites we have found so that we can ascertain their reliability and prepare to teach our students how to check the reliability of websites.


Part 1:  Ready Reference, Librarian, and Copyright Sources

Web Task: Kathy Schrock’s web site, Guide for Educators (http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/), contains a wealth of information for educators. This week we will focus on only one part of it which is called Ready Reference, Librarian, and Copyright Sources which is located at:



Part 2:  Locating Online Resources Discussion

What did you find most useful about Kathy Schrock’s web site?

What did you find useful on the web site you explored more closely? How easy or difficult was it for you to find appropriate sites for your students? Look at other group members’ responses and comment on what they found.

Share at least one web site you found that you think will be useful for your students. Book mark it in Del.icio.us.


          Part 3:  Assessing the Reliability of Websites

There are already places on the Internet designed to guide you and your ESL/EFL students and help you decide whether a given website is reliable.

Here are a few to get you started:

·        http://www.wisegeek.com/how-can-i-check-the-reliability-of-a-website.htm

·        http://www.infosearcher.com/infosearcher/articles/evaluatingweb1.pdf


Week 6: Wrap-up and Evaluation 


This week we will reflect on the session together and everyone will think expansively about new options for ESL/EFL students in the library.  How else can we draw our students into the amazing resources the library has to offer them?  We also look back at the various online tools we used to communicate with each other, to share resources with each other, and to learn together.  Each participant will propose at least one new action item for their own library work with their students. 


Part 1: Your Next Project


What are some other ways you could use the library with your students?


Part 2:  Your EVO Experience


Give us feedback on the EVO session you participated in - we really read these!





Lynn W. Zimmerman, USA – former secondary school library media specialist

   Lynn is an Associate Professor of Education at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana and currently teaches Diversity & Education courses.  As a Media Specialist she helped the ESL teachers collect materials for the library that met their students’ needs, and helped design research projects that taught ESL students how to conduct research appropriately and successfully.   She was a Peace Corps EFL teacher in Poland from 1992-1994, and will be teaching for one semester in the English Dept. of the University of Wroclaw in Poland in Spring 2009, so she will be back in EFL teaching for a few months.



Anna Koorey Australia - ESL teacher (blended learning and online)

   Anna teaches English to adult migrants in Sydney, Australia, using a blended mode, providing the computer-based component. She also has a totally online class of migrants who settled in various parts of New South Wales. She has been involved with EVO since 2004, first as a participant, then as a co-moderator for Collaborative Blogging in EFL/ESL (2006), E-assessment tools for language teaching (2007), and most recently for Exploring the Big Apple, Byte by Byte (2008).


 Communication tools to be used


Yahoo Group 



Join this session



To join this group:


From January 1 to 12:


  1. Go to:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/libraryskills
  2. Click on the blue button:  (This is just an image). The real button is on the Yahoo Group. If you don´t have a Yahoo ID, you will be prompted to create one (it is free).
  3. Follow the instructions





Note: When you register for the group, you will have to be approved by the moderator. In order to reduce the possibility of "unwanted" members (such as spammers), please be sure to explain who you are and why you want to enroll in the session. This message will only be seen by the session moderator


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 The Electronic Village Online is a project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section.


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