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English for Speakers of Other Languages (Including American Sign Language): KEY RESOURCES

Online Dictionaries

Here are some dictionaries you can access online from your computer, tablet, or phone. Included are dictionaries found on the internet and e-book dictionaries found in the library catalog. You will need to login with your ACC eID and password to access ACC e-books. There are many more online dictionaries, for many languages in the library catalog and on the internet.



  • - This site includes bilingual dictionaries for English and many other languages.

Bilingual Dictionaries


  • Cambridge Dictionary: English to Spanish and Spanish to English search options
  • Lexico: A collaboration between and Oxford University Press. Click the arrow next to the search box to pick the search mode.



Practical tips + resources - to temporarily teach online

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Search the Library

In addition to ESOL level books, here are suggestions on searching for other ESOL materials: 

ESOL print books

ESOL electronic books (ebooks)


ESOL streaming video

Search Strategies

ESOL Students and Faculty,

This library guide is designed in collaboration with ACC ESOL faculty. Content is divided in 4 levels that follow ESOL classes taught at the Austin Community College. 

We have incorporated books from different publishers that mark reading levels on their books differently. This library guide will help you determine what books fall under the reading level class you are teaching/taking. 


You can also browse our catalog and search only for ESOL books by selecting the ESOL option in the top left corner:

Select ESOL in the far left drop down menu to search for ESOL books

Streaming Video

Watching video in English can be a good way to practice. Many databases include video content, but a couple are specifically for video content.

Your Subject Librarian Is...

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James Loomis
Faculty Librarian/Assistant Professor
Riverside Campus Library
Austin Community College
1020 Grove Blvd
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Austin, TX 78741


There are at least four stages leading to language literacy. The  University of South Florida's provides
more detail about second language acquisition ESOL Levels.

  • 1st Stage: Preproduction
  • 2nd Stage: Early Production
  • 3rd Stage: Speech Emergence
  • 4th Stage: Intermediate Fluency

The Refugee Development Center (RDC) in Lansing, Michigan,offers English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes and after school tutoring programs for new refugees to the United States.

Below are select resources from RDC's recommended list for Online ESL and Tutoring. For full list click here



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