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Professional Development Center

Professional Development Topics
ESL for Teens

Providing library services to teens learning English as a second language Area I and Area II of Young Adults Deserve the Best: Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth.

Professional Associations and Organizations

Library Service to Special Population Children and their Caregivers is a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children which speaks for special population children and their caregivers, including those who are speaking English as a second language. For contact information, see ALSC Division Leadership.

NCELA: The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs collects, analyzes, and disseminates information on the education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners in the U.S. The highlight of its Web site is its Online Library, which includes hundreds of articles and publications of use to ESL educators. NCELA also produces a weekly electronic news bulletin, Newsline, and a monthly electronic magazine, Outlook.

REFORMA is an association to promote library services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking in the United States.

Online Resources

Resources for Children & Young Adults are REFORMA’s suggested links to information and programs for Spanish-speaking and Latino library users.

Print Resources

Constantino, Rebecca, Ed. Literacy, Access, and Libraries among the Minority Language Population.
This collection includes several papers on primary and secondary ESL student library use.

Crane, Beverley E. Teaching with the Internet: Strategies and Models for K-12 Curricula. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2000.
This work emphasizes active learning and addresses the needs of ESL students. Chapter 7, “Teaching Second-Language Learners Using the Internet,” should be particularly helpful.

Goldsmith, Francisca. “Earphone English—An Old Standby (the Audiobook) Has Become a Hip Tool for Teaching Teens a Second Language.” School Library Journal v. 48 no5 (May 2002) p. 50-3
In a partnership between Berkeley (CA) High School and the Berkeley Public Library, a student club uses audiobooks to advance the ESL skills of its members. This article includes a brief bibliography of suggested audiobooks.

King, Bobby and Shanks, Todd. “This Is Not Your Father’s Bookmobile.” Library Journal, v 125 supp4 (Summer 2000), p. 14-17.
The mobile library service in Memphis/Shelby County (TN) was designed to meet the needs of non-English-speaking residents.

Minicz, Elizabeth A. W. Beyond the Library Card: An ESL Curriculum for Effective Library Work. Des Plaines, IL: Adult Learning Resource Center; Wheeling, Ill.: North Suburban Library System, 1993.
This curriculum includes information on asking for help at the library, the role of libraries in the United States, and tips for librarians on effective communication with nonnative speakers of English.

Peregoy, Susan F. and Boyle, Owen F. Reading, Writing and Learning in ESL: A Resource Book for K-12 Teachers, 3rd edition. New York: Longman, 2001.
This resource book for elementary and secondary school teachers of ESL students includes information on methods of second language acquisition and literacy development and the cultural elements that can help or hinder the student.


Brandt, Paula. Picture Books for Secondary Students. University of Iowa Curriculum Laboratory, September 2000.
An extensive bibliography of picture books, appropriate for young adults, which could be useful for beginning students of English as a Second Language.

McCaffrey, Laura Hibbets. Building an ESL Collection for Young Adults: A Bibliography of Recommended Fiction and Nonfiction for Schools and Public Libraries. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.
Annotated bibliography of recommended books to meet curriculum needs and personal interests of young adults learning English as a second language.

Picture Books for Young Adults.
From the Louisville (KY) Free Public Library, a list of picture books young adults will enjoy, which could be useful for beginning students of English as a Second Language.

Rosow, La Vergne. Light ‘n Lively Reads for ESL, Adult, and Teen Readers: A Thematic Bibliography. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1996.
An annotated bibliography of books for ESL learners, divided into topics such as art, biography, science, racism and parenting. One section covers materials to help with passing the GED, another with those to help in passing the U.S. citizenship exam.

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