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English as a Second Language

English Reading Hour

Improve your English! Practice English reading and speaking with other learners.  Read poems and short stories with others and talk about them.

Second Monday of the Month from 4-5 p.m.
September 14, October 12, November 9, and December 14

Please join the program from your computer, tablet or smartphone at Meeting ID: 848 6851 3027

English Conversation Hour

A free weekly conversation session for adult English language learners. Strategies for "small talk" and getting-to-know-you activities, as well as games and structured practice to activate vocabulary and language skills, are offered in a relaxed and supportive environment. Everyone is welcome! 

Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m.
October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24, December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

Please join the program from your computer, tablet or smartphone at Meeting ID: 826 5763 2203


MPL offers resources for English as a Second Language (ESL) learners. Central’s Adult Study Center has various materials to improve one’s English. This material is available for specific ESL languages as well as general ESL. Many of the branch libraries in the MPL system also offer ESL material.

MPL subscribes to Mango Languages, Pronunciator, and Transparent Languages electronic resources. These subscription sites offer language-specific ESL modules in many different languages. In addition Learning Express offers practice tests for ESL tests, and  the Gale Courses database has a number of ESL courses.