English as a Second Language

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias | Reading | Writing and Grammar | Listening
Testing | Websites | Article Databases

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

These are just a few of the dictionaries and encyclopedias available in the Library or online. Please check the Library catalogue for more English language guides.


  • Oxford Canadian Dictionary / PE 3235 C362 2006
  • Oxford Canadian Thesaurus of Current English / PE 3233 O94 2006
  • Oxford Collocations / PE 1689 O9 2002
  • Practical English Usage PE 1106 S94 2005


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Search the Library catalogue to find books for readers of English as a Second Language. Many of our EASL readers can be found under the call number "PE" in the Library's general collection. Novels are also in the general collection, under the letters "PZ".

See our Recreational Reading section for more books, and our Periodicals section for new magazines.

Below are links to online articles and stories for EASL students.

Writing and Grammar

These are just a few of the many writing and grammar guides available in the Library or online.

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To improve your English listening skills, check out these websites to listen to English lessons online, podcasts, short stories, news broadcasts and more.


These are just a few of the many English language testing guides available at the Selkirk College Library. Please check the Library catalogue for more guides.


  • Barron's IELTS (2nd edition) PE 1128 L6436 2010
  • IELTS: Offical Examination Papers from University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations PE 1128 C3283 2009
  • Kaplan IELTS (2nd edition) PE 1128 I38 2011
  • The LPI Workbook (2nd edition) PE 1128 P74 2009
  • Preparing to Write the LPI PE 1128 P74 2010
  • TOEFL iBT (4th edition) PE 1128 T634 2009
  • The Official Guide to the TOEFL Test (3rd edition) PE 1128 O44 2009
  • Barron's TOEIC Practice Exams PE 1128 L657 2010

Official Websites

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There are many resources available online to help you improve your English skills.

Article Databases

Search article databases to find magazine, newspaper & journal articles. 

Practice your English by reading articles in the English language. (Use the search limiters to narrow your results by language & by publication type).

Recommended databases include:

More databases can be found at:  Research databases > Language & Literature

A complete list of databases can be accessed from our homepage:  FIND > Research Databases

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