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English as a Second Language: A Resource Guide

This research guide provides a survey of materials held by the Library of Congress relating to English as a second language (ESL), which is also known as English as a foreign language (EFL) or English for speakers of other languages (ESOL).


This guide lists resources on English as a second language (ESL) and related topics including ESL teaching methods research on teaching and learning ESL; as well as English language dictionaries and grammar books. Most of the items listed in this guide are books, periodicals, and electronic resources (subscription databases and external websites). The physical materials which are highlighted are primarily in the Library's general collections and can be requested in the Main Reading Room. For further information on the Library's other reading rooms, see the "Using the Library of Congress" section of this guide.