Research

This research site is maintained by the Research Committee of TESL Ontario (for more information about the Research Committee visit http://www.teslontario.net/organisation/committees). It is designed to introduce the membership to a selection of ESL-related resources easily accessible online. The focus is on the Canadian context but links to American and international sites are included as well. The list is divided into different categories: databases and websites, journals, and articles.
The articles are classified according to the following contexts: Canadian Multiculturalism, Language Policy and Teacher Education; Adult Education; and K-12.

TESL Ontario members are key participants in research. Read about the studies and the findings you helped build. 

Databases and Websites

Institute for Research on Public Policy.
http://www.irpp.org/research/research_project.php

ESL/ELD Resource Group of Ontario (ERGO) http://www.ergo-on.ca/
Organization of ESL/ELD professionals across Ontario dedicated to the improvement and educational opportunities and practices for ELLs. Site includes access to Ministry ELL documents, ERGO and related documents.

CERIS The Ontario Metropolis Centre
Focuses on research related to the resettlement and integration of immigrants and refugees in Ontario http://ceris.metropolis.net/

Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) Network http://www.cal.org/caela/ Variety of resources, including research studies, instructional curricula, classroom materials, and information on language acquisition.

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/
Includes a broad range of research and resources pertaining to ESL instruction - US-based.

TESOL Acadmic.org Linking Theory and Practice http://www.tesolacademic.org/
Includes research papers and keynote presentations from well-known researchers in the field of TESL and Applied Linguistics.

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) http://www.eric.ed.gov/
Search for full text articles in education - Use Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, and Second Language Programs as Descriptors.

Adult Literacy Database

LINKAGES: Connecting Literacy and English as a Second Language
Discussion Paper: What do we know about the Connections between Literacy and English as a Second Language in Canada? http://www.nald.ca/library/research/mcl/linkages/linkages.pdf

ATESL Framework http://www.atesldocuments.com/cf/introduction

The ATESL Curriculum Framework is intended to be a supportive reference guide for effective curriculum development in a variety of adult ESL programs, both existing and new, throughout Alberta.

ESL Literacy Network http://www.esl-literacy.com/curriculum-framework

The ESL Literacy Network is an innovative website that responds to the needs of Learners with Interrupted Formal Education (LIFE) and addresses the professional development needs of ESL literacy practitioners in Alberta. This site, funded by the Government of Alberta, showcases comprehensive, research based information, resources and tools.

Journals

TESL Canada Journal http://www.teslcanadajournal.ca/index.php/tesl
Refereed journal for ESL teachers, teacher educators, graduate students and researchers. Available online to individuals who are members of TESL Ontario.

Language and Literacy - A Canadian Educational - E- journal. http://www.langandlit.ualberta.ca/ Refereed journal with research articles, position papers, and reviews concerning language and literacy issues.

English Language Teaching (ELT) http://ccsenet.org/journal/index.php/elt/index
Refereed journal with articles about English language teaching and education, theory, methodology and educational psychology in English language teaching.

The Electronic Journal for English as a Second Language (TESL EJ) http://www.tesl-ej.org/wordpress/about/ Refereed journal containing research articles and book reviews.

The Internet TESL Journal http://iteslj.org/ Variety of articles, research papers, lessons and activities of practical use in the ESL/EFL classroom.

Journal of Writing Research http://jowr.org/
Refereed international journal with articles and review papers covering a broad spectrum of writing research.

The Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal http://www.readingmatrix.com/journal.html
Refereed international journal with articles exploring issues related to second language reading, literacy, learning and teaching.

Language Learning & Technology http://llt.msu.edu/
Refereed journal disseminating research on issues related to technology and second language learning and teaching.

The following journals require a membership to access articles:
The Canadian Modern Language Review; Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics; Canadian Journal of Linguistics; Journal of Second Language Writing; Journal of English for Academic Purposes: System; ELT Journal; TESOL Quarterly; Language Teaching Research.

Research Articles and Reports

 Canadian Multiculturalism, Language Policy and Teacher Education

Graham, K. (Ed). Our Diverse Cities: Ontario, Fall 2007.  A selection of articles dealing with immigrants in various regions of Ontario http://canada.metropolis.net/pdfs/ODC%20Ontario%20Eng.pdf

Webster, N. & Valeo, A. (2011). Teacher preparedness for a changing demographic of language learners. TESL Canada Journal, 28(2). http://www.teslcanadajournal.ca/index.php/tesl/article/view/1075

ESL and Canadian Multiculturalism: Multilingual Intercultural Practices for the 21st Century, TESL Canada Journal, Special Issue 4, 2004. http://www.teslcanadajournal.ca/index.php/tesl/article/viewFile/1037/856

Language Policy and Education in Canada 2007.
http://pi.library.yorku.ca/dspace/bitstream/handle/10315/2890/CRLC00349.pdf?sequence=1

Unsettled: Legal and Policy Barriers for Newcomers to Canada. Community Foundations of Canada and the Law Commission of Canada (2006). http://www.cfc-fcc.ca/doc/LegalPolicyBarriers.pdf

Critical literacies and language education: Global and local perspectives. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, 25, 2005. http://dlll.yorku.ca/bmorgan/documents/ARAL.pdf

Second language teacher education in Canada: The development of professional standards. TESL-EJ 9(2) 2005 http://tesl-ej.org/ej34/a1.html

Buyer beware: Professional preparation and TESL certificate programs in Canada. TESL Canada Journal, 2004. http://teslcanadajournal.ca/index.php/tesl/article/viewFile/1039/859

Making Ontario Home 2012: A Study of Settlement and Intefration Services for Immigrants and Refugees http://www.ocasi.org/downloads/OCASI_MOH_ENGLISH.pdf

Reflective practice in the professional development of teachers of adult English language learners. October 2008 CAELA Network Brief http://www.cal.org/caelanetwork/pdfs/ReflectivePracticeFinalWeb.pdf

Adult Education

Promoting Learner Transitions to Postsecondary Education and Work:Developing Academic Readiness Skills From the Beginning. March 2010 CAEL Network Briefs http://www.cal.org/caelanetwork/resources/transitions.html

Literacy, ESL and Canadian Nation Building. Spring 2009 Literacy Journal http://www.literacyjournal.ca/literacies/10-2009/pdf/fleming.pdf

The contestation of citizenship education at three stages of the LINC 4 & 5 curriculum guidelines: Production, reception, and implementation. TESL Canada Journal, 24(1), 2006. http://www.teslcanadajournal.ca/index.php/tesl/article/view/25

Anglophone, Peewee, Two four ... are Canadianisms acquired by ESL learners in Canada? TESL Canada Journal, 26(1), 2008. http://teslcanadajournal.ca/index.php/tesl/article/viewFile/388/227

K-12

Meetings without dialogue: A study of ESL parent-teacher interactions at secondary school parents' nights. The School Community Journal Spring 2010. http://www.adi.org/journal/ss10/GuoSpring2010.pdf

Hidden losses: How demographics can encourage incorrect assumptions about ESL high school students' success. The Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 54(2) 2008. http://ajer.synergiesprairies.ca/ajer/index.php/ajer/article/viewFile/628/611

Examining Students' After-School Literacy Activities and Their Literacy Performance on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test http://www.csse-scee.ca/CJE/Articles/FullText/CJE32-1/CJE32-1-ChengEtAl.pdf

Variability in ESL outcomes: The influence of age on arrival and length of residence on achievement in high school. TESL Canada Journal 26(1), 2008. http://www.teslcanadajournal.ca/index.php/tesl/article/viewFile/392/231

Caring for Canada's Children webcasts from Frameline Productions: See the Challenges of Cultural and Geographic Dislocation http://hosting2.epresence.tv/FRAMELINE/1/page/Published.aspx

Planning and Policy: Initiatives, Reports and Statements

TESL Ontario Position Paper on the Adult Education Review in Ontario.
Prepared by: Shailja Verma, Past President