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Want to learn English?The Library has many resources to help you succeed. 

Weekly English Conversation Club
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. - Noon, Margie Edinger Room, Central Park Library

ESL Students at a table having a conversation

Join us for a weekly conversation hour and build your confidence in speaking English. Topics may include: small talk, holidays, customs, and common slang. You can practice speaking English in a casual and relaxed environment. You will be able to make friends with other international adults. 

ESL Book Club
1st & 3rd Fridays, 10:30 a.m. - Noon, Redwood Room, Central Park Library

Come an join this fun opportunity to practice your English reading, speaking, and listening skills. Join us to discuss award-winning and classic American/English books and meet new people. Bring snacks and friends if you like! To find out the current reading selections call Nevin at 408-615-2910 for more information. 

Learn on Your Own

Books: 

Conversation 
Pronunciation 
Self-Study

CDs and DVDs:

English language – Sound recordings for foreign speakers 
English language – Study and teaching – Audio-visual aids

Online Collection:

If you prefer to study on your own, check out our collection of 
online ESL Resources. To explore, you will need to log in using your library card 
number. 

Do you want to learn to speak English better?

Mango Languages
Under English Courses on this website, there are 100 free lessons on how to speak English for those who speak Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

Do you want to read or listen to a children’s book in English?

BookFlix
Watch a video of a children's story book or have a non-fiction book read to you.

TumbleBooks
You can read along or listen to many children's books on this site. It also has puzzles and language learning games you can try.

Do you need to do any of the following? 
    • Prepare for the GED or the Citizenship exam 
    • Take a practice test 
    • Take free lessons to improve your English reading, writing or math


Learning Express Library
This site has many practice exams and courses you can take to improve your English skills, to prepare for college or to find a job. It also has English, math and GED prep for native Spanish speakers (Recursos para Hispanohablantes).

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