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ESL Collection Building. Instructor: Ruth Gooley An Infopeople Workshop Winter 2004-2005. This Workshop Is Brought to You By the Infopeople Project.

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esl collection building



Ruth Gooley

An Infopeople Workshop

Winter 2004-2005

this workshop is brought to you by the infopeople project
This Workshop Is Brought to You By the Infopeople Project

Infopeople is a federally-funded grant project supported by the California State Library. It provides a wide variety of training to California libraries. Infopeople workshops are offered around the state and are open registration on a first-come, first-served basis.

For a complete list of workshops, and for other information about the Project, go to the Infopeople Web site at

  • Name
  • Library
  • Position
  • How many different languages do you typically hear in your library?
workshop agenda
Workshop Agenda
  • How a person learns a language
  • Language learning materials in the real world
  • Resources in cyberspace
  • Organizing and publicizing
  • Building your collection
    • Personal Action Plan
how a person learns a language
How a Person Learns a Language
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Integrated skills
non english speaking customers
Non-English Speaking Customers
  • How many of your customers speak a language other than English at home?
  • What languages do they speak?
  • What percentage of people speak each language?
  • How are you serving this population now?
types of esl learners
Types of ESL Learners
  • Age
    • young person
    • senior citizen
    • anywhere in-between
  • Levels of English
    • beginning
    • intermediate
    • advanced
native language literacy level
Native Language Literacy Level
  • Highly literate in own language
    • professionals
    • longtime residents
    • refugees
  • Illiterate in any language
    • laborers
    • longtime residents
    • refugees
esl in the library
ESL in the Library
  • Self-study
  • Classes
  • One-on-one with a tutor
  • Small-group instruction
  • Online
whom to partner with
Whom To Partner With
  • Local students and teachers
  • Community groups
  • Employers
    • for vocational ESL
    • ESL for Special Purposes
what materials are asked for
What Materials Are Asked For?
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking
topics geared to esl learners
Topics Geared to ESL Learners
  • Grammar
  • Citizenship
  • Alphabet
  • Literacy
  • High-interest, low-reading-level paperbacks
    • fiction
    • nonfiction
reference materials for esl learners and teachers tutors
Reference Materials for ESL Learners and Teachers/Tutors
  • Dictionaries
    • English language
    • idioms
    • slang
  • Verbs
  • Resources for teachers and tutors
a good collection for the real world
A Good Collection For the Real World
  • Books
  • DVDs
  • Videotapes
  • Cassettes
  • Cds
using bookmarks in class
Using Bookmarks in Class
  • Go to:
  • Look for the class bookmark file named


  • Click on it so it shows on the screen
  • With the class bookmark file showing in Internet Explorer, click the Favorites menu, choose Add to Favorites…
  • Notice the name in the Name: box so that you can use the Favorites list to get back to the class bookmarks for the rest of the day.
before you buy
Before You Buy
  • What do you already have?
  • What do you need?
criteria for choosing esl materials
Criteria for Choosing ESL Materials
  • Skills and students targeted
  • Teaching methods
  • The book, inside and out
what to consider when choosing materials
What to Consider When Choosing Materials
  • Skills taught
  • Objective
  • Audience scope
  • Target level
methods of teaching esl
Methods of Teaching ESL
  • Context
  • Communicative activities
  • Authentic language
design issues for esl materials
Design Issues for ESL Materials
  • Content
  • Re-usability
  • Appearance
what s different about online materials
What’s Different About Online Materials
  • New objectives
  • New teaching methods
  • A new kind of tool
new objectives
New Objectives
  • Links
  • On-line activities
  • Supporting (E-mail and bulletin board)
  • Teaching internet skills
new teaching methods
New Teaching Methods
  • Interactivity
  • Feedback
  • Sensory input
a new kind of tool
A New Kind of Tool
  • New to online resources
    • graphics
  • Unique to online resources
    • navigation
    • fast loading time
fine tuning your library s collection
Fine-Tuning Your Library’s Collection
  • Examining your collection
  • Determining needs
  • Purchasing materials
  • Organizing materials
  • Publicizing your collection
organizing your esl materials
Organizing Your ESL Materials
  • Create a separate section
    • file by theme
    • file by color code
  • Integrate into main collection
    • file by call number
publicizing your program
Publicizing Your Program
  • Web site
  • Materials and handouts displayed throughout the library
  • Flyers
  • Ads in the monthly/bimonthly calendar
reaching out to the community
Reaching Out to the Community
  • Presentations and tours to adult school ESL classes
  • ESL class visits to the library
  • Public Service Announcements on TV and radio
participation and outreach
Participation and Outreach
  • Community events
  • Social programs
  • Educational programs
  • Service-oriented organizations
    • Kiwanis
    • Rotary