Browse the BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is the preferred subject scheme for future use. Browse version 1.2 of the new Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
E English language teaching (ELT)
Note: use E* codes only for works specifically designed for the teaching and learning of English as a foreign or second language; includes TEFL, ESL, TOEFL, IELTS, TOIEC. Use for both Adult and Children’s material. Language qualifier required only if specific variant of English is indicated, eg American English, or for bi-lingual texts/dictionaries, eg English/Spanish. With E* codes, use appropriate Educational Purpose qualifier indicating examination / qualification wherever possible. Do not use “E” on individual books; select appropriate code(s) from Section E below
EB ELT background and reference material
EL ELT: learning material and coursework
ES ELT: English for specific purposes

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