English as a Second Language

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Finding appropriate resources amongst the mass of information available is not always easy, but making use of the resources and assistance available here will make your efforts far more effective and successful.

Recommended reading lists in your course books are a good place to start but they will not provide you with all the information you need.

Before you begin searching for information ensure that you have correctly identified the subject or topic you require information on and what you are required to do with this information (outline, explain, compare/contrast, etc.). Refer to the Analysing the question guide if you require help with this, or see one of our Learning Advisors.

Research Guides
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- Finding Books on your Topic
Primary / Secondary Resources

ESL Collection  – Simplified texts to help learners of English build their comprehension and vocabulary in English by reading.

Children’s Fiction & Junior Fiction Collections – Stories aimed at younger readers but often interesting and easy to understand for students learning English as a second language.

Books on these subjects can be found on the library shelves at the Dewey number shown:

Main Collection

418 Second Language Acquisition
420 English Language
423 English Dictionaries
428 English Grammar
428.4 Reading
821 Poetry
823 Short Stories

If you require further help with finding information please ask at the desk or contact your Subject Librarian.

Linda Mellor
Liaison Librarian, School of Education & Social Services
ph| (06) 974 8000, extension 6056
email| lmellor@eit.ac.nz


EIT Primo Search

Primo searches the library’s physical resources and many of the databases EIT has available.

  • Select EIT Libraries to search across our print collection. Select All Resources to search across our print and electronic collection.
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  • Use the limiters on the left to reduce the number of results (e.g., limit by resource type or date).
  • Refer to Search Tips for help improving the efficiency of your searches.



    Search across a wide range of reference resources such as
    encyclopedias, dictionaries and atlases.

  • Credo finds overviews and summaries and is useful when you are unfamiliar with a topic.
  • Often contains multiple entries on a topic (unlike Wikipedia). This allows you to gain a rounded understanding of your topic.


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Assignment Writing
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