Where to look for information about teaching English as a second language.







Some books to start out with:

Brooks, Keith W. (2014). Introduction to TESOL : a beginners guide to teaching second language learners (6th ed.) Raleigh, NC: Lulu.com.

Liu, Jun.; Murphy, Cynthia. (2015). TESOL : a guide. London, UK: Bloomsbury Academic.


Key areas of the library to look for material:

(NB: other areas may also have relevant material) 


Non-Fiction collection

LB1000’s – Education theory in second language teaching

P118 –Second language acquisition, second language research, ESL theory

P51 – Language learning and teaching

P53 – ESL in the classroom

PE1128 – Teaching English as a second language


Introductory non fiction and Graded reader collections

These collections are for learners of English and contain material you can use in teaching.



Periodicals about Teaching:

New Zealand language teacher

Teacher trainer

English teaching professional

JALT journal

Language teacher 

Modern English teacher 


Periodicals about ESL:

EL gazette

ELT journal

Journal of second language writing

TESL reporter

TESOLANZ journal 

TESOL quarterly

New Zealand English journal





If you are having trouble accessing ebooks, have a look at our ebooks handout: pdf eBooks (0.29MB). If you are still having trouble, contact the library for help. If you are using eBook Academic or ePlatform, make sure you have used Off Campus Login.


eBook Academic (EBSCOhost)

Provides access to books on second language learning subjects.

Topics covered include:

  • research in teaching TESOL,
  • second language acquisition,
  • classroom applications of research,
  • second language teaching theory.



Education Source (EBSCOhost)

Coverage in Education Source spans all levels of education from early childhood to higher education and also includes educational specialties such as multilingual education, health education and testing.


ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)

Within the ERIC Collection, you will find records for: periodical articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers and other education-related materials. If available, links to free full text are included.



A multidisciplinary database and general reference resource. Includes plenty of research and newspaper articles on teaching English as a second language.



Offers access to various databases. The ones below in particular provide plenty of research and newspaper articles on TESOL subjects:

Education source is specifically aimed at education.

MasterFILE Premier is a multidisciplinary database providing access to scholarly materials and general reference, including TESOL.


Films on Demand

Includes documentaries, interviews, and educational films. Every film includes a transcript of the spoken words.

Topics covered include:

  • an educational film on Integrating ESL Students into the Classroom
  • tips and tricks videos for learners of English