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Search ERIC for Resources on Teaching English Language Learners
There are more than 4.7 million English language learners in U. S. public schools, according to National Center for Education Statistics. These students face the challenges of learning a second language while also learning grade-level content. There is a well-documented achievement gap between English language learners and non-English language learners. ERIC includes a variety of resources to support searchers interested in teaching English language learners.


ERIC has more than 18,800 reports, journal articles, and books related to teaching English language learners, including about 4,000 full-text materials. You can find peer-reviewed resources from the What Works Clearinghouse, including a new practice guide, Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School, which provides recommendations for teaching language and literacy skills to English language learners. You can also find peer-reviewed materials on the topic from the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, including the Regional Educational Laboratories.


To search for information on English language learners, you can either use the keyword search box or you can browse the ERIC Thesaurus. The Thesaurus will help you find Descriptors (terms used to tag ERIC records) for your search. Key Descriptors related to teaching English learners include: English Language Learners (added to the Thesaurus in 2012), English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, and Limited English Speaking. These Descriptors can be combined with a variety of terms related to teaching and instruction, such as Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, Instruction (including individual subject instruction in Mathematics, Reading, Science, Spelling and Writing), and Instructional Effectiveness to help refine your search.


The limiters on the left side of the page can help you refine the results. For example, use the Teaching Methods limiter to retrieve only materials related to methods for teaching English language learners.


PDF Restoration Project on Track for Completion This Spring
ERIC has been reviewing and clearing PDFs at a rapid pace. Since October of 2013, more than 188,700 PDFs have been restored online. ERIC has been releasing approximately 9,500 documents per week, and there are about 96,000 documents remaining to be reviewed. At the current rate, the project should largely completed by this summer. A few outlying documents that are not machine readable will be released at an ongoing rate over the next year.


ERIC Database Files and the Thesaurus Are Available for Download
The ERIC database and Thesaurus files are now accessible for download by the general public, as well as non-commercial and commercial entities. The files can be downloaded on the ERIC website at http://eric.ed.gov/?download. ERIC will update the website with a file of newly added database records on a monthly basis. A master file that incorporates all changes or corrections made to existing database records will also be made available at the start of each year. The next scheduled annual update is January 2015.


The ERIC Thesaurus file will be updated when changes are made to the Thesaurus. The next scheduled Thesaurus update is scheduled for 2015.


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