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 Practice: There are weekly English practice groups at several branches and online where you can practice with an instructor and other English language 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

ESOL: Writing
Sterling Library
ESOL: Business English
Sterling Library

View the full calendar for here.

 

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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 Foreign 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 | App Store | Amazon. Also on Chromecast, Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV and Roku.

Kanopy

This streaming service offers over 30,000 independent films, documentaries, and classics on demand, plus over 5,000 Great Courses. Customers get 30 tickets per month. The number of tickets needed for each title varies. 

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

Download app: Google PlayApp Store.

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

Libby / OverDrive

Our most popular way to download eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines. 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 | 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 Play | App Store (Library ID: loudounlibrary) 

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

LOTE for Kids

A new database of over 3,000 digital books in World Languages, that allows kids to enjoy the magic of books in LOTE (Languages Other Than English). Download app: Google Play | App Store

Mango Languages

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

Download app: Google Play | App Store

Transparent Language

For language learners looking to build their vocabulary and practice their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Courses and supplemental resources available in over 110 languages. This service be accessed on almost any device.

Download app: Google Play | App Store

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

 

Privacy Policy Summary

  • We value your privacy at LCPL. We protect customer information related to service requests, loans, online activities, and resource use. Personal data is kept only for necessary operational purposes.
  • We don't share this information unless legally required, such as by a government order. Parents/legal guardians can access their minor child's records. Our staff only accesses personal data to assist customers.
  • We use Google Analytics to understand website usage, collecting anonymous data like browser type and operating system. No personal information is stored, and customers can opt out without affecting website use.
  • Customer records' confidentiality is upheld under Virginia state law (Code § 2.2-3705.7).

Loudoun County Public Library Privacy Policy Full Document

See the full policy here.