UNM-Valencia Library: English Language Learners' Resources

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The nation’s English-learners are the fastest growing segment of the K-12 student population, and now make up 10 percent of public school enrollment. UNM is a second home for 1,500 international students and scholars.

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Search LIBROS for ELL materials

The English Language Learners' collection at Valencia Campus includes bilingual materials, fiction and non-fiction at lower lexiles, dictionaries, and online language resources designed to help students study and practice their English language skills.  These are all discoverable in the library catalog.
Use the advanced search function to limit to specific formats, date ranges, or lexile levels.
Suggested subject terms to narrow your results to ELL specific resources:
"English language study and teaching"
"bilingual literature"
"English dictionaries"
"[name of language] and English bilingual dictionary"
"Children's and Young Adult literature" or "graphic novels"
"Young adult non-fiction"


Subscription Databases for Language Learners

These databases are not available to the public.  UNM and the State of New Mexico carry the subscriptions for you to access. Lucky!  Take advantage of these awesome tools from anywhere - but use our links to access the full content.
Databases are powerful tools for finding information from around the world in a variety of languages. You can change the database interface to "preferred" language, translate articles or listen to it aloud another language.

Mango Languages

  • Setup account on campus. Call for assistance.
  • Provides self-paced courses for learning a variety of languages, including English.
  • Download an ap to learn on the go.

Learning Express

  • Setup account on campus. Call for assistance.
  • Study materials and test prep in variety of languages.
  • TOEFL test material for educators.
  • Spanish GED materials.
BrainFuse Help Now
  • Set up your account with our link.
  • Tutoring for classes in Spanish or English. Real time, real tutors!
  • SkillSurfer ESL resources & Language Learning Lab.
Films on Demand
  • Setup account on campus. Call for assistance.
  • Search academic films by language.
  • Tranlsations and closed captions available

El Portal

Many useful databases are available through El Portal for everyone in New Mexico, a gift from the NM State Library. 
Two suggestions from their collections for bilingual students:

  • Informe Academico
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library

ELL Resources on the Web

Click these links below for quality resources on the free web. There are hundreds of sites out there you might like, these are a good start. You may need to create an account to access the full content.

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