Computer instructional programs with interactive exercises in a variety of subjects. Library card required.
High interest fiction and non-fiction books graded at various levels of difficulty from easy to difficult. Some titles include a CD recording.
For your iPad or tablet for help with ESL learners with pronunciation, comprehension, vocabulary, and grammar skills.
Short audio programs to strengthen listening comprehension and speaking skills.
Materials on DVD, CD, and CD-ROM for learning English available for use in the library and/or use at home.
✔ = basic level ✔✔ = intermediate level ✔✔✔ = advanced level = basic computer skills
GED Contemporary ✔✔✔
Users can review pre-GED or GED English proficiency online. Updated for the new common core standards and the online exam. To enroll in GED Contemporary, students must visit The American Place.
Lexia Reading Strategies ✔
Reading skills/phonics program designed for learners with no literacy (all levels can benefit.) To access Lexia from home, download Lexia reading student software here. For instructions on how to download Lexia reading student software, click here. To enroll in Lexia, students must visit The American Place.
News for You Online ✔✔✔
Offers easy-to-read current news and videos with accompanying comprehension exercises. Basic computer skills required. Enter password: 853dbf
Transparent Language ✔✔✔
Learn English online through practical, everyday conversations. Lessons and activities for both beginner and advanced learners. Instructions are also provided in the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, Mandarin (Simplified), Czech, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese Brazilian, Romanian, Russian, Spanish Latin American, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, or Vietnamese. Users must create a username and password. Also accessible from your iPad, iPhone, or Android powered device. Basic computer skills required.
Universal Class ✔✔✔
Intended for college levels students who have had exposure to online learning. Self-paced courses (academic level) available in ESL grammar and writing mechanics. Students who successfully complete courses may receive CEUs (Continuing Education Units). Most courses take 10-20 hours to complete; courses must be completed within 6 months. Students must have advanced computer skills.
Improve your English listening, reading, spelling, speaking, writing and grammar. For beginners and intermediate level learners. Also available for Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese-speaking English learners.
We Are New York
Learn useful English phrases and words for use in realistic situations, like going to the doctor or talking with your child's teacher. Video scripts downloadable in English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.
The Study Zone
Grammar lessons and practice exercises for English learners of all levels.
Grammar, listening, and vocabulary lessons and exercises for English learners of all levels.
Learn English through interactive lessons, activities, and games. Intended for English learners of all levels.
INTRO TO LETTERS, BY MONTESSOREUM
Appropriate for ESL children, this application runs through all the letters of the English alphabet, introducing them to the structure and pronunciation through tracing, audio, digital flashcards, and phonogram puzzles.
SOUNDS RIGHT, BY BRITISH COUNCIL
It’s a simple chart with great big resonance; when learning British English, refer to Sounds Right for proper pronunciation of vowels and diphthongs, with the former listed by mouth shape.
SENTENCE BUILDER FOR IPAD, BY MOBILE EDUCATION TOOLS
The winner of IEAR’s 2010 Language App of the Year distinction targets students and challenges them to construct simple, grammatically correct sentences around provided pictures and videos.
SPEECH TUTOR, BY SYNAPSE APPS
Work on your accent or work on pronouncing specific letters with this incredibly detailed app. Features animations of the sides and fronts of mouths illustrating proper tongue and lip formations.
IDAILY PRO HD, BY FRONTIER ONE
Frontier One’s innovative app turns English language news into valuable lessons in grammar and sentence structure with its super amazing custom dictionary allowing users to save words and phrases that need clarifying.
HELLO-HELLO ENGLISH, BY HELLO-HELLO
Practice conversational English with lessons culled from real-life scenarios, flash cards, note-taking exercises, and more. The app itself is free, but they charge $1.99 per course, or $14.99 for all 30.
PHONETICS FOCUS, BY CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH ONLINE
This app offers a phonetic typewriter, games, flash cards, audio recording and playback, and other necessities for mastering the language.
SOUNDS: THE PRONUNCIATION APP
The charts included here cover both British and American English, and users tap different sounds to hear them as well as examples in a common vocabulary word.
BERLITZ MY ENGLISH COACH FOR IPAD – BY BERLITZ
Learn English through vocabulary, sentence structure, phrases and idioms, questions and answers, practice conversations, history and geography lessons, and a little dictionary all meant to beef up their skill sets.
✔ = basic level ✔✔ = intermediate level ✔✔✔ = advanced level = = iTunes available (click for link)
Voice of America ✔
Listen and watch news stories on your computer or portable media device. Has accompanying lessons and grammar practice for basic and intermediate levels.
ESL Podcast ✔✔✔
Listen to podcasts on a variety of subjects to strengthen listening comprehension. Free membership. Has accompanying blog.
Culip’s ESL Podcast ✔✔✔
Listen to natural English expressions and everyday vocabulary. Each episode has interesting element of culture as well as language. Intended for the advanced learner.
ESL-Library Podcasts ✔✔
Short podcasts on a wide variety of topics from U.S. historical events and issues to customs and holidays. Accompanying lessons available. For intermediate to advanced level students.
ELT Podcasts ✔
Theme-based conversations and language practice for basic and intermediate level learners. Dialogs have two or more speakers. Transcripts available.
Podcasts in English ✔
Listen to podcasts to improve listening and speaking skills, including business and travel English. Podcasts available in all levels.
American English Pronunciation ✔✔
Covers common and difficult English pronunciation. Learn the general American accent English speaking techniques and become better understood. Intermediate to advanced learners.
Story Corps ✔✔✔
The largest oral history collection with more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants. Intended for advanced learners.
Learn English Funcast ✔✔✔
Improve your English listening and speaking skills through humor. Learn how to understand and tell jokes. For advanced learners.
ESL Aloud ✔✔
Podcasts give guided practice in speaking English. Each podcast focuses on grammar and vocabulary buildings. Intended for intermediate to advanced learner.
Students registered in the Library’s ESL and/or Citizenship Guided Self-Study program may borrow peripheral devices, such as DVD/CD/CD-ROM players and typing keyboards to use these materials.
Headsets may be borrowed for on-site use only. For hygiene purposes, we recommend that you purchase your own. Headsets are available for sale at the circulation desk for $1.00.
Learning English Steps 1-2-3 by Video Aided Instruction
For beginning ESL students, from middle school through adult learners. Ideal for those who are new to English, this set provides lots of practice in the basics of listening, reading, and writing.
Learning English as a Second Language by Standard Deviants
For advanced ESL students, this program focuses on English grammar, punctuation, and the fundamentals of basic writing composition.
ESL Easy English Levels by Video Tutor
Learn basic common English phrases and expressions. Intended for the Basic English learner.
A series that blends comedy and drama to teach English to speakers of other languages. Each 30 minute episode includes one segment that demonstrates a specific language function and another that explores the social or cultural issues dramatized in the story
Connect with English
Connect with English is a new way for speakers of other languages to learn English. Through the story of Rebecca, an aspiring singer on a journey across America, the series touches on life's important issues: leaving home, parenting, education, work, love, success, and loss. Each episode features dialogue that is slightly slowed down and subtly simplified while still being natural language.
Inglés Sin Barreras
This program focuses on the needs of the Spanish speaker. Spelling and pronunciation are in American English. Instead of memorizing boring verbal conjugations and grammar rules, Inglés sin Barreras gives you real-life situations, with words and phrases that can be used immediately.