Learning English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

English Language Learners!

Here are some great online resources for you.

The Alachua County Library District offers Transparent Language and Tutor.com, two e-sources which are available free 24/7 with a valid library card.

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Transparent Language Online offers the most comprehensive language-learning solution for libraries. With this flexible program, you can quickly and easily learn new languages using our wide variety of courses and activities.

  • Over 100 Languages (and Growing!)
  • Extensive English Collection: With English materials for speakers of over 25 languages, an intermediate-level immersion course, and more, we have tools for every stage of learning English.
  • Alphabet Lessons
  • Flexible Learning Path
  • Speaking Practice
  • Typing Activities
  • Got Grammar?
  • Enhanced Compatibility: Optimized for touchscreen use on Android™ tablets and iPads, Transparent Language Online works on virtually any Internet-connected device or computer.
  • Other Great Resources: Language and culture blogs, Word of the Day, and interactive social communities help you expand upon the basic learning material by connecting you with others.

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Tutor.com offers ESL lessons on an 8th-Grade Level

The New York Public Library also has a blog-post by Hilary Schenker, who lists 11 great free websites to practice English at home.

Want even more resources?

Storytelling!

You can practice your listening and speaking skills with storytelling.

For your listening pleasure, here are two of Aesop’s Fables.  I practice my storytelling, and I am very glad to share these two short stories with you.

If you listen to each story a few times, you can learn the details and practice retelling each story in your own words.

The Shoemaker and the Elves (4:55)

The Mouse and the Lion (2:58)

Now you’re talking!

Public Domain Image Lion and the Mouse

Here's another inspiring resource, a TED Salon Talk, by Language Mentor Lýdia Machová:

The Secrets of Learning a New Language

You can learn English!

Posted by PatC on April 21, 2020