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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.
January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12, August, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13, 2021

Please register for the program here.

[English Reading/Conversation Hour pdf]

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.

January 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021
February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2021
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2021

Please register for the program here.


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.