The Livingston Public Library’s robust ESL program may be in a state of inactivity right now, but students (and teachers )can keep the learning and teaching ongoing at home using the online resources mentioned below.
Mango Languages is a database available to Livingston Library Cardholders via the Livingston Library website. Mango features ESL lessons for Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese speakers.First time users must create a profile to access the resource.
To access it go to–www.livingstonlibrary.org, click on Digital Resources and then Language and Travel.
Hoopla (accessible from the Library’s website) has a few ebooks for ESL students plus a number of audiobooks from Pimsleur offering courses in English for foreign language speakers including French, German, Vietnamese, Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish, Russian and others.
Here are some free websites students can use to keep practicing their English skills–
- Activities for ESL students: http://a4esl.org
Grammar and vocabulary practice for all levels, including many bilingual quizzes for beginners. Also includes a link for teachers, with conversation questions, games, and many other ideas to put to use in the classroom.
- Dave’s ESL Cafe: https://www.eslcafe.com/
A forum for both ESL teachers and students around the world. Includes quizzes, grammar explanations, and discussion forums for students. For teachers, includes classroom ideas on all subjects as well as discussion forums.
- Duolingo: https://www.duolingo.com/
Free English courses for speakers of Arabic, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Greek, Hindi,Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish,Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. Start at the basic level or take tests to move to higher levels. Practice vocabulary and grammar with short lessons that are like playing a game. You will need to sign up with an email address or a Facebook account.
- Easy World of English: http://easyworldofenglish.com/
An attractive, user-friendly website including grammar, pronunciation, reading and listening practice and an interactive picture dictionary.
- ESL Bits: http://esl-bits.net/
Audiobooks, news stories, short stories, songs and radio dramas. Choose between faster or slower listening speeds and read along with the texts of the stories and songs. For intermediate and advanced learners.
- Language Guide: https://www.languageguide.org/english/
This is an online picture dictionary, with everything from the alphabet to parts of the body to farm animals.
-Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian