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Refugee and Immigrant Services (English Language Learning)

Refugee and Immigrant Services (English Language Learning)

 

 English Language (ESL/ELL) Tutoring

Need help learning English?  Have questions about English conversation or grammar? Want to practice English listening skills? Email us at LibraryRefugeeCommittee@milwaukee.gov to set up a day and time to work virtually or in person with a trained ESL person. 

 

ESL/ELL Tutoring for Kids and Teens

Sit down with an experienced tutor for help with English. Work on reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. These sessions are for children and teens only.

Saturdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m. 
Milwaukee Central Library Children's Room
814 W. Wisconsin Ave.

2024

February 24, March 2, 9, 30.


Beginner ESL Hour

This monthly Beginner ESL Hour is for adult English language learners. We will discuss a variety of topics with hands-on lessons and conversation. Topics can include local customs, traditions, seasonal activities, holidays, etc. Lessons will include games and structured practice to activate vocabulary and language skills offered in a relaxed and supportive environment.

2024
Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am

June 22

Mitchell Street Branch 
906 W. Historic Mitchell St.

 

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 pm

August 17, September 14, October 19

Zablocki Branch
3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.


Drop-in Tutoring for Adults

Sit down with an experienced tutor for help with English. Work on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills with a tutor who is encouraging and supportive. Tutors can also help all adult learners with test prep, basic reading, or computer skills. No appointment necessary.

Mondays, 1-2 pm

Zablocki Branch
3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.

Wednesdays, 10 am-3 pm
June 26, July 3, July 10

Mitchell Street Branch
906 W. Historic Mitchell St.

Tutoria Disponible para Adultos

Siéntase con un tutor experimentado para que le ayude con el inglés. Trabaje las habilidades de lectura, escritura, escuchar y hablar con un tutor que es alentador y de apoyo. Los tutores también pueden ayudar a todos los estudiantes adultos con la preparación para los exámenes, lecturas básicas o habilidades de computadoras. No se necesita cita.

Lunes y martes, 4:30-8 p.m.
Sucursal de la Biblioteca Mitchell
906 W. Historic Mitchell St.

Lunes, 1-2 pm
Sucursal de la Biblioteca Zablocki 
3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.

 


English Reading Hour 

Practice reading and speaking English with fellow English Language Learners. The only cost is an hour of your time (it’s free to participate)! Every monthly session we read comic strips, prose, and poems, and we read lyrics and then listen to songs. We answer any pronunciation, spelling, or grammar questions that appear and we discuss possible meanings behind the readings and how they make us feel. There’s learning and discussion and friends to be made in a friendly and nurturing setting. If English is your Second Language, then come read and learn with us! 

Second Monday of the Month from 4-5 PM CST

2024

June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9

Please register for the program here.

[English Reading/Conversation Hour pdf]


English Listening Hour

Does your English practice sometimes feel like a broken record? Tired of the same old song and dance? Join other English language learners for a music-listening hour and fine-tune your English skills! Together we will read lyrics, listen to popular songs, and discuss questions about content and vocabulary. Sign up if this sounds like music to your ears -- all are welcome to attend and practice in this relaxed, supportive, fun environment.

2024

June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19

Please register for the program here.


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 PM CST

2024

Tuesdays through September 24, 2024

Please register for the program here.


Northstar Digital Literacy

Northstar Digital Literacy is an online tool that provides assessments, instructor-led curricula, and self-directed online learning for basic digital literacy skills with a focus on ABE and ELL students. Organizations can use Northstar resources to determine needs, provide relevant instruction, and track results.    NorthStar Digital Literacy is provided with support from Wisconsin Literacy. Please email LibraryRefugeeCommittee@milwaukee.gov for more information or to get started!


Voces de la Frontera Citizenship Classes 

In partnership with MPL, Voces de la Frontera is offering Beginner Citizenship Classes for the English Exam. All students should register before attending the classes with Jeanette Arellano 414-236-0415 or Paola Barragan 262-346-4027. Walk-ins are welcome if space allows. All students must have at least 5 years of residency or 3 years as a permanent resident who is married to a U.S. citizen. The class is presented in English and Spanish.

Wednesdays, 4:30 PM to 5:45 PM
Mitchell Street Branch

906 W. Historic Mitchell St.


Additional English Language Learning Resources

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

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 several ESL courses. 

 
For more information on the services we provide including partnerships please contact the Refugee and Immigrant Services Committee:

LibraryRefugeeCommittee@milwaukee.gov
Refugee and Immigrant Services Chair Eric Johnson
(414) 286-0816 


Testimonials 

"Participating in English Reading Hour and in English Conversation Hour at the Milwaukee Public Library from the Dominican Republic has been a great thing for me. It helped me finish my English program successfully and I had a lot of fun in every meeting. Take advantage of this great opportunity!" - Nelida

"I love English Conversation Hour.  The librarians are super enthusiastic and cheerful.  They teach us a lot of vocabulary and answer questions.  I feel more confident when talking to people.  It has helped me a lot.  I am able to speak better, understand better and I can share my stories with everyone. The program is also very relaxed and fun. Thank you very much!" - Van Trang

"Attending English Conversation Hour makes me happy. I learn new words and improve my pronunciation. The librarians that teach us are very friendly and patient! We meet people from all over the world!" - Polina


"One of the good things from 2020 was the time I spent practicing English with some other English Language Learners. The virtual meeting was like a refuge for me.  In this class I practice my English and I have been noticing improvements in my knowledge of the language.  We talk about our weekend recaps, food, and festivities, and then have open discussions which opens up more learning.  The classes are all very nice. There is no way to forget the English expressions and phrasal verbs presented to us in the English Conversation Hour.  I feel really thankful because of the job the librarians have done for us."  - Lidia


 


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