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FAQs for Students Using ESL Library

March 27, 2020

To use ESL Library as a student, your teacher must first invite you to a class. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) from students like you.

1. I'm new! How do I sign up with an email invitation? 

Step #1

Go to your email inbox. Open your teacher’s invitation. Click Join Now.

Step #2

This will take you to esllibrary.com/students.

Step #3

Click the green box that says "Sign Up. I am new!"

Step #4

Type your email address or create a username (don’t forget it). Is your username taken? (You didn't sign up already did you?) Choose a different username. Click Next.

Step #5

Choose a Password. (Don’t forget it!)

Step #6

You will now receive a prompt to join your teacher’s class. Choose Join. You are now on your Student Dashboard.

Tip

Do you see this blue message? This means you already signed up! Go to esllibrary.com/students and log in. 


2. I'm new! How do I sign up with a class code? 

Step #1

Go to esllibrary.com/students.

Step #2

Find the small blue box that says + Sign Up (top right).

Step #3

Type your first and last name.

Step #4

Choose or accept the username. 

Step #5

Type the class code. (Ask your teacher for this.)

Step #4

Click Join.

Important

Do not use this code again. Next time you come to ESL Library, go to esllibrary.com/students and log in with your username and password. (see 3. I have an account. How do I log in? below).


3. I have an account. How do I log in? 

Step #1

Go to esllibrary.com/students.

Step #2

Enter your username or email address and password. (Use the one you used last time.)

Step #3

Click Log In.

Step #4

You are now on your Student Dashboard.

Important

Use this method every time you log in. Do not use your invitation email again.


4. How do I join my teacher’s class?

Your teacher will put you in a class. ESL Library does not have a video platform for online classes. ESL Library has the content and activities for class and homework. Use email or text to ask your teacher how you are going to meet online. Your teacher may choose a video platform such as Zoom or Google Hangouts.

In a video chat, your teacher can share his/her screen. You can do some ESL Library tasks together. This tool is called Broadcast. Your teacher can also send you tasks to do for homework. You can do them on your mobile device, tablet, or computer and then send them to your teacher.


5. How do I see my homework?

Step #1

Log in at esllibrary.com/students.

Step #2

Enter your Username and Password.

Step #3

You are now on your Student Dashboard. This is where your Assignments are.

Step #4

Look at the To Do list. Do you see a lesson with a bell? This is your new homework.

Look at the Due Date. Do your homework before this day and time. (It is a good idea to click on the lesson to see how many tasks your teacher assigned.)


6. How do I do my homework?

Step #1

Log in at esllibrary.com/students.

Step #2

Click on the lesson in your To Do list.

Step #3

Choose a task you haven’t done yet (e.g., Listen & Type).

Step #4

Click Start.

Step #5

Read the instructions.

Step #6

Start the task.

Step #7

Do the task. Click the arrow at the bottom of your screen to go to the next question.

Step #8

Submit your answers.

Your teacher will be able to see your answers after you submit them. You can also try a task again! For some tasks, you can even fix your answers.


7. How do I see my results?

Step #1

After you finish each task, click I’m Finished or Submit (or advance the arrow).

Step #2

Click Review Answers.

Tasks with one correct answer (e.g., True or False) will show your results right away. Some tasks don’t have results (e.g., Read & Listen). Your teacher will need to check some of your written tasks.

Step #3

Click Try Again to redo the task.

Tip #1

Your teacher will see your results and attempts (the number of times you tried a task). Your teacher will also see how much time you spent on each task. This is how your homework looks for your teacher. When your teacher clicks View Results, he or she sees your answers.

Tip #2

For some written answers, your teacher can send you feedback about your ESL Library homework. There is no Score, but you will see a pen notification on your dashboard if there is feedback. Click on the pen to see your teacher's feedback.


8. I forgot my username or password. What can I do?

Ask your teacher to check your username in his or her My Students list. Your teacher can reset your password there and tell you what it is. Log in with this new temporary password. Then go to My Profile and choose Change Password.

9. How do I ask more questions about ESL Library?

You can write a question in the Comments. If it’s about using ESL Library digital as a student, I will approve your question and answer it.

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Comments (34)

Randa A.(Student)

Hi ESL library .I want make anew account please asst me .

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Tara B(ESL Library Staff)

Hi Randa. You need a teacher first. Your teacher can invite you in two ways:
1. by email
2. with a class code and secret word

Amira A.(Teacher)

how can I login into my account and do my homework?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi, Amira! See question 5 above. Have fun with your homework!

Stephanie V.(Teacher)

I'm a teacher who just started using the digital content. One of my students' work had a feedback space in the results of a q & a. How did this happen? Only his had it! It was great because I could write a few notes for him. Did he request it?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi Stephanie! You discovered our brand new feature. We haven't announced it yet because we plan on making a few small fixes first. The feedback feature is currently only available in our open-ended question (writing) task type. When you see this type of homework from your students, you can rate questions and leave feedback. Your students will then see your feedback on their own dashboard. We'll do an announcement and post about this new feature as soon as it's finalized. We're also working on some other feedback tools.

Stephanie V.(Teacher)

Thanks Tara - that's great! And now I see it in my other students' results too!

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Stephanie V.(Teacher)

Also - do the students see the suggested answers?

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Tarateacher T.(Teacher)

Hi Stephanie. That's a great question. The students do see the Suggested Answers, and I think some teachers might want to moderate this. Do you agree? The original Suggested Answer was meant to work like an Answer Key for teachers. It's a quick way to show a suggested answer to a student too, but I think teachers may want to have the option to not show it in case they are looking for a different answer. What are your thoughts?

Stephanie V.(Teacher)

Hi Tara - yes, I think they should, as long as they are seeing them after they have completed the questions. We don't always have time to check each answer and correct them all!

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Meredith P.(Teacher)

I wondered this, too, and agree that students should see the suggested answers after they answer. If they have questions, they can check with the teacher. In some cases, it is much easier for the teacher to provide feedback quickly with the suggested answers in place. Thanks!

Marianne Y.(Teacher)

Hello,
Regarding the writing sections. There is no 'retry' button on the writing sections (my students just did the Grammar Tests. ) Is there a way for them to reset the writing section or edit what they have written in order to implement the feedback given?

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi Marianne. Thanks for your question! At this time, the retry feature is not yet available for our open-ended questions task. After you give feedback, students can view the results but can't retry the task unless you assign it again, which you can do. We agree this would be a great feature to be able to retry based on the feedback. Do you think the suggested answers should disappear with a retry?

William Tian(Guest)

It’s good!

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Tammy Wik(ESL Library Staff)

Yay, we're glad you like it :)

Marilyn H.(Teacher)

what platforms does ESL Library support? Marilyn

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Tara Benwell(Author)

ESL Library works well on all mobile devices and browsers. Let us know if you or your students have any trouble. Thanks!

Marilyn H.(Teacher)

I have noticed that many of my students are getting incorrect on their quiz questions because they may answer "nouns" instead of the allowable answer of "noun". ESL should allow for the plural of answers (nouns or noun for example). These are not errors. Thanks
marilyn

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Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi Marilyn. Yes, this is definitely a problem with our fill-in-the-blanks task types. We currently only allow one exact answer. This is on our to-do list to address. However, for now our writers need to create tasks that only allow one answer. We can improve instructions and examples sometimes to make it very clear how to answer in order to reduce this computerized error. If there is a specific lesson or task that you feel we need to change in order to encourage students to format answers specifically, please do let us know. Thanks!

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