English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

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Welcome, English learners! This page will help you find programs and resources for learning English, preparing for the U.S. citizenship test and more. The staff at your local library is also happy to help; and our catalog features many items that you can check out. 

Our top English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs are:

  • English Conversation Groups: There are weekly English conversation groups at several branches and online. Practice your English with an instructor and other English learners. Programs do not require registration and you can attend as many as you want.
  • English Classes offered by the Loudoun Literacy Council: Classes are led by English teachers and students are separated by level.
  • Citizenship Preparation: Learn the process for becoming a citizen. Our programs cover eligibility, how to complete the application, the interview with an immigration officer and the material on the civics test. Programs are offered quarterly. Watch a recording of one of our citizenship programs here.
  • All LCPL programs are free and open to the public. Questions on how to get started?
    Email programs@library.loudoun.gov for more information. We hope to see you soon.

CLASS SCHEDULE

ESOL: English Conversation Group
Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.
Rust Library

ESOL: English Conversation Group
Wednesday, 11 a.m.
Brambleton Library

Citizenship Preparation
Wednesday, 3 p.m.
Online

ESOL: English Conversation Group
Thursday, 10 a.m.
Ashburn Library

ESOL: English Conversation Group
Thursday, 1 p.m.
Gum Spring Library

ESOL: English Conversation Group
Thursday, 7 p.m.
Rust Library

ESOL: English Conversation Group
Monday, 11 a.m.
Cascades Library

 

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ONLINE EDUCATION

Brainfuse Online Tutoring

HelpNow: An array of tutoring services designed for students of any age, including assistance with reading, writing and citizenship test preparation. HelpNow services include expert academic tutoring and self-study tools to empower users to study at their own pace or collaborate with peers and teachers. A full-service test center offers practice tests for all levels in math, reading, and writing as well as college preparatory tests — including the SAT.  Live tutoring is available seven days a week from 2 to 11 p.m.

JobNow: A suite of services that features a Foriegn Language Lab and Spanish-speaking support. Users may access live, on-demand assistance from expert Job Coaches for assistance with interview preparation, resume creation, or job searching. Live assistance is available seven days a week, 2 to 11 p.m.

Hoopla

Download or stream eBooks, comics, music and movies straight to your tablet or smartphone. Enjoy them as often as you like during the borrowing periods. There are also a great collection of items for ESL students.

  • What you get: Borrow 10 titles per month
  • Borrowing periods: 21 days for eBooks, eAudiobooks and eComics; 72 hours for movies and TV shows; 7 days for music

Download app: Google Play | iTunes App Store | Amazon. Also on Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV and Roku.

Kanopy

You can watch up to 10 movies per month with this streaming video service. You also get unlimited access to The Great Courses.

  • Cutting Edge Basic English Series 1-5
  • Global English Course Lessons 1-5
  • American English For Kids
  • Little Pim

Download app: Google PlayiTunes App Store.

Also on Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Android TV and Fire TV.

Libby / OverDrive

Our most popular way to download eBooks and eAudiobooks. Pick from thousands of bestsellers and new releases for adultsteenskids and ESL students. Plus, foreign language collections: Spanish | Hindi | Chinese

  • What you get: Borrow 15 titles per month
  • Borrowing period: Your choice of 7, 14 or 21 days

Download app: Google Play | iTunes App Store | Amazon Kindle

LinkedIn Learning

Formerly Lynda.com, this service has thousands of classes to advance both professional and personal interests. Sign in and search for the classes listed below. 

Download app: Google PlayiTunes App Store (Library ID: loudounlibrary) 

  • Own Your Voice
  • Multinational Communication in the Workplace
  • Communicating Across Cultures
  • Communicating Across Cultures Virtually

Mango Languages

Basic or complete online instruction in dozens of languages, including English for speakers of other languages.

Download app: Google Play | ITunes App

Rocket Languages

An award-winning interactive online language-learning system. The multi-faceted system allows patrons to learn new languages at their own pace, with downloadable lessons, games and much more.

Universal Class

This educational service offers over 600 online courses. Sign in here and search for the classes listed below.

  • ESL Basic Grammar
  • ESL Basic Writing Skills
  • US Citizenship Test Preparation
  • ESL Grammar Skills Level 1-6
  • Basic English Speaking Skills
  • Teaching Grammar to ESL Students
  • Vocabulary Building
  • Enhance Your Everyday Vocabulary