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ESL Learners

Let us help you learn English or improve your literacy skills with a variety of learning tools, services, and resources. Need assistance? Call our ESL Librarian Jaimie Zimmerman at (847) 725-2162 or email her at jzimmerman@egvpl.org.

Audiobooks and eBooks

English as a Second Language eBooks

by Hoopla Digital

Try these lessons and guide books to help you speak English like a native. Includes easy grammar lessons, vocabulary books, writing exercises, and more.

Language Learning Audiobooks for Kids

by TumbleBooks

Read along with talking, animated picture books and chapter books for kids available in French, Spanish, and other world languages.

Pimsleur Program Audiobooks

by Hoopla Digital

Learn to speak and understand English as a Second Language with Pimsleur. Digital courses are available for speakers of the following world languages:

Online Learning Resources

Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

A Spanish-language database by World Book that contains videos, selected articles, and a visual dictionary to allow ESL and Spanish students the chance to learn.

Gale Courses

Gale Courses is an online learning platform that offers courses on many subject, including grammar and writing for ESL.

Mango Languages

Mango is an interactive language learning system that helps you develop everyday conversational skills and offers beginning and advanced student coursework and ESL courses.

Muzzy Online

Muzzy Online is a fun and interactive way for children to learn new languages.

Read It!

Short, nonfiction articles for adults who want to build their English reading skills. Topics include history, civics, citizenship requirements, life skills, science and more. The articles can be translated into 35 languages and have a "Read Out Loud" text to speech tool.

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is an interactive and immersive language-learning program available in nearly 30 different languages with over 200 hours of instruction per language.

Recommended Websites

ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Online English listening comprehension quizzes and activities for ESL and EFL learners of all levels.

Let's Learn English

Practice and improve your American English by listening to news and read along videos.

Storyline Online

A free online literacy, educational, and teaching tool for children, parents, caregivers, and educators worldwide that offers over 80 children's books to stream on demand. Each book is read by a variety of celebrated actors and includes accompanying illustrations and curricular resources that aim to strengthen comprehension, verbal, and written skills for English-language learners.


A large collection of ESL tools and resources for students, teachers, learners, and academics.

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