Getting started …
0 Where?
0 What?
0 How?
0 Who?
Where to build up the foundation?
0 From HKIEd Library
e-Learning platform
What are the contents?
Background information
Finding e-books
Searching databases
E-Journal titles
Online videos
Internet resources
What are the contents?
0 Learning Background
What are the contents?
0 Reference works such as biographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias,
directories, bibliographies, etc. provide useful background information.
Reference Collection is a good place to start your research.
The selected samples are:
A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics
Encyclopedia of language and education
Oxford dictionary of rhymes
Routledge encyclopedia of language teaching and learning
The Facts on File encyclopedia of word and phrase origins
The Oxford encyclopedia of British literature
What are the contents?
0 Finding e-Books
e-books on Writing :
0 Academic vocabulary in learner writing : from
extraction to analysis / Magali Paquot. (2010)
0 Academic writing : a guide for management students
and researchers / Mathukutty M. Monippally and
Badrinarayan Shankar Pawar. (2010)
0 The academic writing handbook for language and
education programmes / Xu Zhichan ... [et al.]. (2008)
0 Because digital writing matters : improving student
writing in online and multimedia environments /
National Writing Project ; with Dànielle Nicole DeVoss,
Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, and Troy Hicks. (2010)
e-books on Writing :
0 English for academic purposes : an advanced resource
book / Ken Hyland. (2006)
0 A guide to college writing assessment / Peggy O'Neill,
Cindy Moore, Brian Huot. (2009)
0 How to write / Alastair Fowler. (2006)
0 How to write correct English / R.K. Singh. (2010)
0 Organic writing assessment : dynamic criteria mapping in
action / Bob Broad ... [et al.]. (2009)
0 Successful academic writing / Andy Gillet, Angela
Hammond and Mary Martala-Lockett. (2009)
e-books on Speaking :
0 Hong Kong English : autonomy and creativity /
edited by Kingsley Bolton. (2002)
0 Researching Chinese learners : skills, perceptions
and intercultural adaptations / edited by Lixian Jin,
Martin Cortazzi. (2011)
0 Spoken English : flourish your language / edited and
compiled by Robert Carmen. (2010)
0 Standards and norms in the English language / edited
by Miriam A. Locher ; Jürg Strässler. (2008)
e-books on Listening :
0 Listening in : broadcasts, speeches, and interviews by
Elizabeth Bowen / edited with an introduction by Allan
0 Assessing Listening / Gary Buck. (2001)
0 Listening to speech : an auditory perspective / edited by
Steven Greenberg, William A. Ainsworth. (2006)
0 KS3 speaking and listening (2010)
0 Teaching ESL/EFL listening and speaking / I.S.P. Nation
and J. Newton. (2009)
e-books on Listening :
0 The essential speaking and listening : talk for learning at
key stage 2 / Lyn Dawes ; illustrated by Lynn Breeze.
0 Active listening in English : pre-intermediate. (2003)
0 Primary English : speaking and listening activities. (2009)
0 NetLanguages IELTS preparation course (2005)
What are the contents?
0 Searching databases
What are the contents?
Searching databases (i)
English Dictionaries and Thesauruses
Dictionaries works focusing on American, Current English and American Thesaurus of Current
English Language Reference
Dictionaries works on specific areas such as Idioms, Linguistics,Proverbs, American Usage and Style,
English Language, English Grammar, English Etymology, etc.
Humanities Full Text
Contains abstracts and citations to 400 English-language periodicals in the area of archeology,
classical studies, art, performing arts, philosophy, history, music, linguistics, literature and religion.
What are the contents?
Searching databases (ii)
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
Covers three fundamental areas: research in linguistics, research in language, and research in speech,
language and hearing pathology.
Literature Online
Contains English and American poetry, drama and prose, plus biographies, bibliographies, and key
secondary sources.
MLA Directory of Periodicals
Contains over 4,400 periodicals in the area of literature, language, linguistics, and folkore.
What are the contents?
Searching databases (iii)
MLA International Bibliography
Consists of bibliographic records, pertaining to literature, language, linguistics and folkore.
Provides access to over 4000 purchased ebooks on various subjects such as Education, Arts,
Language and Literature, Music and Science.
Naxos Spoken Word Library
Consists of more than 1,000 hours of spoken word on classic novels, plays, poetry and non-fiction
literature from medieval times to the 20th century. Texts on the literature are available on screen along
with the spoken presentation.
What are the contents?
0 Searching databases (iv)
It consists of two courses namely ‘Grammar Practice’ and ‘IELTS Exam Preparation’. ‘IELTS Exam
Preparation’ contains a preparation course, writing test preparation, speaking test preparation and a practice
Oxford Reference
Contains over 200 dictionaries, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford
University Press. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database which covers subject such as: art,
architecture, computing science, business, English language, general reference and quotations, nutrition, etc.
Powerspeak Languages
It offers courses in French, Mandarin, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and ESL for Chinese and
Spanish. Each language contains eight units introducing the user to the language through videos, stories,
activities and games. Each unit has eight lessons focusing on vocabulary, grammar, culture and pronunciation.
What are the contents?
0 Searching databases (v)
ProQuest Language & Literature
This provides simultaneous searching on Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts and MLA International,
Dissertations & Theses, and Research Library databases
Road to IELTS
It is an online preparation and practice resource for IELTS. With over 100 hours of interactive activities, advice videos
from British Council experts, hints and tips on question types as well as downloadable practice tests, it is
comprehensive, up-to-date and aimed precisely at the challenges candidates face (20 Concurrent users only) .
South and Southeast Asian Literature
It is a searchable collection of fiction and poetry written in English by authors from South and Southeast Asia and their
Diasporas. Focusing on works composed during the late-colonial and postcolonial eras, the collection will also feature
author interviews and manuscript materials that will shed additional light on the rich literary heritage and emerging
traditions of this region. New content is uploaded on a biweekly basis.
What are the contents?
0 Getting E-Journals
e-journals on Writing :
0 Changing English
0 College composition and communication
0 English for specific purposes
0 English journal
0 English today
0 Journal of English linguistics
0 Journal of second language writing
0 TESOL journal
e-journals on Speaking :
0 English for specific purposes
0 English today
0 English journal
0 Journal of English linguistics
0 TESOL journal
0 World Englishes
e-journals on Listening :
0 ELT journal
0 English today
0 English Teaching
0 Language learning / A Journal of
Research in Language Studies.
0 TESOL quarterly
0 The modern language journal
0 World Englishes
What are the contents?
0 Viewing Online videos
online videos on Writing :
0 English module : The teaching of writing /
HKIEd. (1989)
0 Inside Story [2013] : The English language in
Hong Kong / ATV News & Public Affairs
production. (2013)
0 The Pulse [2005]: Part 1 English Language
Teaching in Hong Kong / RTHK. (2005)
online videos on Speaking :
0 Camellia series, first term : Use more English / RTHK.
0 English module : Common approaches to teaching English
/ HKIEd. (1989)
0 Hong Kong connection : English teachers abroad / RTHK.
0 Inside Story [2013] : The English language in Hong Kong
/ATV News & Public Affairs production. (2013)
0 Integrating phonics teaching into the primary English
curriculum. / HKIEd (2001)
0 Newsline [2004] : Declining standard of English in Hong
Kong / ATV News & Public Affairs production. (2004)
0 The pearl report [2008] : Eager to English / TVB News
Public Affairs production. (2008)
online videos on Listening :
0 Allamanda series, first term / ETV Unit, Curriculum
Development Institute, Education Department. (1997)
0 Allamanda series, second term / ETV Unit, Curriculum
Development Institute, Education Department. (1997)
0 Allamanda series, second term ; Bauhinia series, second
term ; Camellia series, second term / ETV Unit,
Curriculum Development Institute, Education
Department. (2000)
0 New perspectives of key stage series / ETV Unit,
Curriculum Development Institute, Education
Department. (1999)
What are the contents?
0 Surfing internet resources
What are the contents?
0 Useful links (i)
Activities for ESL students
A useful web site with quizzes, exercises and puzzles to help students learn English
as a Second Language.
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition
The Center supports research, training, development, and dissemination of
information related to second language teaching, learning and assessment.
Dave's ESL Cafe
It's a good place for teachers especially. This site contains a lot of helpful areas such
as the Idea Page and Discussion Center. Other people on the net write in with their
ideas and problems and get responses.
What are the contents?
0 Useful links (ii)
Edufind : Education resources web site for grammar
EduFind is operated by the Digital Education Network (DEN). The site provides Online
English Grammar and interactive games to learn English language.
English as a Second Language
This site links a variety of ESL materials.
English Club
Includes a lot of English learning activities and resources for learning and teaching English.
English Online Teachers (British Council)
The site provides materials and ideas for teachers teaching primary-age students and using
games in the classroom. Resources for conducting action research and teaching articles are also
What are the contents?
0 Useful links (iii)
Hong Kong Education City Resources Library
Provides lesson plans, worksheets, classroom activities, exercises, educational software and websites for the
teaching and learning of English language from Pre K to Form 7.
The National Council of Teachers of English
Provides information on the teaching and learning of English and the language arts as well as resources for
English teachers at all levels.
Selected Grammar Links for ESL students
Introduces students to some of the best links that they will find immediately interesting and useful.
Standing Committee on Language Education & Research
Provides educators and researchers with useful information on research related to language education in Hong
What are the contents?
0 Useful links (iv)
TeachingEnglish (British Council)
TeachingEnglish is produced by the British Council with content and editorial support from the British Broadcasting
Corporation. It aims to promote English, supporting English language teaching (ELT) and providing information and
access to ELT products, services and expertise from the UK. All teaching material on the site is free to access.
This site specializes in English, Drama and Media Studies teaching resources at UK primary and secondary school
TEFL.NET ESL Lesson Plans
Provides classroom ideas and activities for ESL teachers.
Useful Websites for English Language Teaching and Learning (Secondary / Sixth-form)
Many useful websites for English Language Teaching and Learning are provided by the Education Bureau of the
Web English Teacher
The web site allows teachers to use the advantage of online technology to share ideas and to benefit from the work of
others. Beginning teachers can find guidance and experienced teachers can find inspiration from the resources
available here.
More internet resources on Tests :
0 IELTS and TOEFL Practice (apps)
0 Listen Read Speak English (apps)
0 Learn English (apps)
0 Roads to IELTS
0 500 words, phrases, idioms for the TOEFL iBT plus
typing strategies / by Bruce Stirling. (2010)
Sample materials for IELTS …
0 Academic Reading Test
0 Academic Writing Test
0 General Training Reading Test
0 General Training Writing Test
0 Speaking Test
0 Listening Test
What are the contents?
0 Useful Subject Headings for searching
materials on EdCAT
These are some Library of Congress Subject Headings which you can use to retrieve
information on
English language & literature from EdCAT, the Library catalogue. Use keywords if you do not know the
correct subject heading:
Children Language
Children's Literature
Discourse analysis
English language
English language Study and teaching
English literature Study and teaching
What are the contents?
Language arts
Language and education
Language and languages
Language acquisition
Language experience approach in education
Literature History and criticism
Short stories
How to do better?
0 Join the “English buddies / clinic chat room”
0 Using an e-learning platform “Schoology” to
exchange ideas and experiences in learning
English among students
Who are they?
Out there on the “cloud ” we
can help…

Improve your English Studies