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English Conversation Group

  • Practice your English pronunciation and conversation skills guided by a volunteer from Literacy DuPage.
  • The English Conversation Group meets at the library on the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m.-noon.
  • Call cosponsor Literacy DuPage at 630/416-6699 for details.

ESL Library Resources 

  • The library provides books, CDs, DVDs, and more to help people learn to read, speak, and understand English.
  • The collection offers materials for both students and tutors and includes the following topics: English as a Second Language (ESL), grammar, reading comprehension, pronunciation, business English, vocabulary, culture, and more.
  • The library offers two iPads with ESL related apps, as well as one laptop with Reading Horizons software (available at the Technology Center desk).
  • Boost your grammar, vocabulary and more using Brainfuse or Pronunciator

ESL Tutors

Learn English one-on-one with a tutor.

ESL Classes

Free classes to improve a student's English skills in the areas of conversation, listening/speaking, reading, and writing for the purpose of community participation, employment, or to further educational opportunities. 


Dictionaries

General

  • Dave's ESL Cafe on the Web

    Helpful pages on idioms, slang, test preparation advice, and links to other ESL websites.

  • EnglishClub.com

    Lessons, games, quizzes, forums, chat, lesson plans, jobs, and more for ESL learners and teachers.

  • Karin's ESL Partyland

    This site has over 75 interactive quizzes, 15 discussion forums, interactive lessons on a variety of topics, a chat room, and lots of great links.

  • TOEFL

    The official website for the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

Grammar & Writing

  • Chomp Chomp: Grammar Bytes

    This site, created by a community college instructor, includes terms, interactive exercises (with answers/explanations), handouts, and guidelines for quickly improving grammar ability. Appropriate for both GED students and instructors.

  • Funbrain

    Review math facts or parts of speech. Includes many interactive, online games to practice basic math and language arts concepts.

  • Grammar Handbook from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Provides explanations and illustrations of the basic grammatical rules concerning parts of speech, phrases, clauses, sentences and sentence elements, and common problems of usage.

  • OWL: English as a Second Language (ESL) Resources, Handouts, and Exercises

    Includes various materials for English as a Second Language (ESL) students and teachers, which include resource pages, handouts, and exercises as well as links to over 60 additional grammar-related handouts and exercises.

  • Self-Study Quizzes for ESL Students

    A very large collection of quizzes for English study.

  • UsingEnglish.com

    This site has numerous detailed handouts and quizzes for all levels of English grammar--from beginner to advanced. Many are in PDF format and most include answer sheets.

Reading Comprehension & Speaking

  • CNN Interactive Learning Resources

    Great adult literacy site provided by CNN. Read, view, or listen to current news stories. Includes reading and vocabulary activities with each story.

  • New York Times Learning Network

    Current event stories, quizzes, crossword puzzles, and other vocabulary and knowledge building resources for students, parents, and instructors.

  • Phonetics Flash Animation Project

    Created at the University of Iowa, this site contains animated libraries of the phonetic sounds of Spanish and English. It is intended for students of phonetics, linguistics, and foreign language.

ESL Journals & Magazines

  • English Teaching Forum

    English Teaching Forum is an online quarterly journal published by the U.S. Department of State for teachers of English as a foreign or second language. The website contains articles from issues of the Forum dating back to 1993.

  • Internet TESL: For Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

    A monthly, online journal for ESL teachers that contains lesson ideas, conversation questions, as well as links for students.

  • Topics: An Online Magazine for Learners of English

    In this online magazine "learners of English as a second language express their ideas and opinions on topics of interest to them." It features accounts of international foods, festivals, dances, superstitions, proverbs, and more. Also includes a description of class projects from around the world.

ESL Sites for Instructors

  • Center for Adult English Language Acquisitions

    Focuses its efforts on literacy education for adults learning English as a second language. Major content is the ERIC Digests--concise articles on topics relevant to adult ESL literacy instruction.

  • LINCS: Literacy Information and Communication System

    LINCS is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education which includes on-demand, web-based professional development opportunities; targeted face-to-face training, high-quality resources; and an interactive online learning community.

  • Literacy Connections

    Provides a wealth of information on reading, teaching and tutoring techniques, ESL literacy, and adult literacy.

  • National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy

    "A federally funded research and development center focused solely on adult learning. NCSALL's efforts are dedicated to improving practice in educational programs that serve adults with limited literacy and English language skills, and those without a high school diploma."

  • ProLiteracy Worldwide

    A nonprofit international literacy organization that was formed by the 2002 merger of Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America.