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Language Resources/Information for ESL Patrons


Mango Languages

Mango Languages -- recently improved and even more user-friendly than before -- is designed to equip you with conversational abilities from the very start. Whether you're learning how to order a pizza or ask when the game starts, Mango immerses you in real, everyday conversations in a wide variety of foreign languages. It also features ESL instruction in English, tailored for speakers of more than a dozen languages. Choose from 13 complete courses and 37 basic courses (covering phrases common for travelers).

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Foreign Language Resources

BBC Languages

Check out this amazing free site, with full language courses in:

Also offered are basic beginner courses in:

English, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Urdu, Gaelic, Irish, and Welsh, (as well as "quick fixes" in 36 others).

Duolingo.com
Named Apple App of the Year and Google Play's Best of the Best - learn Spanish, French, Italian, German and Portuguese.

iLoveLanguages
A meta-search engine designed to organize and promote language resources found on the web.

LiveMocha

A free social language learning community -- in addition to language courses, you are able to connect with fellow language students around the world.

Byki (Before You Know It)
Free downloads of language learning software applications, more content is available for a fee. 74 languages are currently available.

MyLanguageExchange.com
A great way to bridge learning from the classroom with real world communication, languages are "exchanged" through a social network -- similar to having a penpal. This service is free in its basic format, upgrading to "gold" level has a monthly fee.

Free English Language Classes

English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes at Wauconda High School
Register for classes through the College of Lake County at 847-542-2445 (English and Spanish).

Lake County Adult Learning Connection
Offers FREE reading, writing, spelling, math, and English classes to Lake County, Illinois adults ages 18 and over. Call (847) 543-2024 for more information.

Ela Area Public Library (Lake Zurich, IL)
Offers free ESL classes -- you must register for these classes through the Ela Area Public Library. Call (847) 438-3433 for more information.

Arlington Heights Memorial Library
Offers free ESL classes and other programs for English learners -- you must register for these programs through the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Call (847) 438-3433 for more information.

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Online Resources for ESL Students

Mango languages
Mango features ESL instruction in English, tailored for speakers of more than a dozen languages. Choose from 13 complete courses and 37 basic courses (covering phrases common for travelers).

Para español, haga clic aquí

USA Learns
A free website for adults to learn English as well as basic skills, provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

Activities for ESL/EFL Students
Crossword puzzles, grammar and vocabulary quizzes, links for ESL/EFL students.

Interesting Things for ESL Students
A wealth of information for ESL/EFL students, including vocabulary, grammar, slang, idioms, puzzles, games, listening/hearing exercises, podcasts, etc.

BBC Learning English
A great resource for English learners -- grammar, quizzes, blogs etc. immerse the learner in English.

Vocabulary.com
A free website for English practice and vocabulary building.

Voice of America News
Broadcast in Special English for ESL learners, listen to the news while you read along.

Pumarosa
For Spanish speakers learning English, with beginner, intermediate and expert levels.