ESL & Literacy

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Let us help you learn English or improve your literacy skills with a variety of learning tools in our ESL & Literacy Services Office located on the second floor of the library.

Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.     
Saturday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Please note that our office will be closed from 12/21/19 - 1/5/20.  The rest of the library will maintain regular hours except for closures on: 12/24, 12/25, 12/31 (after 5 p.m. only), and 1/1. 

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Computer Learning

We offer computers and software to help you improve and practice English on your own, at your own speed. Topics include:

  • Pronunciation
  • Business English
  • Reading, grammar and writing
  • TOEFL preparation
  • American culture
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ESL & Literacy Services Offerings

  • Learn in our Computer Lab – Practice your English at your own pace for 1-2 hours per visit.
  • One-on-One Tutoring – Meet with a tutor for one hour per week, during office hours.
  • ESL Writing Class – Improve your writing with the help of a certified English teacher.

Call 847-870-4309 or email to enroll.

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The library offers many programs for ESL students. It also works with other community groups to present programs for ESL learners. Learn more about these programs:

AHML Programs

Come join one of our lively book discussion sessions. Open to all literacy and ESL students.

Please sign up in the ESL office and you will receive a book to check out for the discussion.

The next book discussion:

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Improve your conversation skills at this monthly conversation group for adult English language learners. Everyone is welcome, including children (please note: no babysitters are available; parents must supervise their children). No registration necessary.

Next Tea and Talk:

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Co-sponsored Programs

This free class is cosponsored by District 214 and the Village of Arlington Heights.

Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. / Cardinal Room

Fall session begins on October 5 at 12:30 p.m.

Additional registration dates: 10/12, 10/19 and 10/26.

This free class is co-sponsored by District 214 and the Village of Arlington Heights.

Thursdays, 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. / Cardinal Room

For more information, call the District 214 Community Education Office: 847-718-7700.

One-on-one reading classes for English-speaking adults who are learning to read. Participants must pass a proficiency exam. Course requirements:

  • Students will be tested at the registration session and will be notified if they are accepted for the class.
  • Enrollment decisions are based on skill level and available openings.
  • Returning students may be given priority.

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library sponsors classes directed by District 214’s Read to Learn Literacy/Volunteer program.

Call 847-870-4309 or email the Literacy Office to register.

See Schedule of Read to Learn classes for a list of locations.

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World Languages

The library has thousands of books, magazines, movies, music and more available in many different languages. We have more than 3,000 books, eBooks and eAudiobooks in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian and Spanish.

Our collection also has newspapers and magazines in eight languages, more than 1,000 movies in nearly 50 different languages and hundreds of albums to choose from. We also have a large collection of Chinese, Hindi, Polish and Spanish books for children. Our World Languages page can help you find just the right thing.

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Citizenship Services

The library offers helpful programs and resources for people interested in becoming U.S. Citizens.  Learn more:

The library offers various programs to help you with your citizenship questions. 

Coming up:

The following resources are helpful for people interested in becoming U.S. citizens:

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Tools for Learning English

  • USA Learns: A free website for adults to learn English.
  • Vocabulary University: English learning activities on three different levels, test preparation (SAT, ACT, TOEFL), vocabulary lesson plans and more.
  • English Daily: Learn American idioms, English, conversational skills, business English, TOEFL and slang.
  • Interesting Things for ESL Students: A fun study site for ESL: word games, puzzles, quizzes, proverbs and much more.
  • Activities for ESL/EFL Students: Online bilingual quizzes and puzzles to help you study English.
  • Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab: Excellent listening exercises from easy to very difficult levels.
  • A great ESL site for students and teachers with ESL Reference links.
  • A large collection of ESL tools and resources for students, teachers, learners and academics.
  • Voice of America News: This special English website is an excellent tool to practice and improve your American English. Listen to news and read along.

Upcoming ESL Programs

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More Resources For ESL

Mango Languages

Languages/cultural awareness. French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese German, English (for Spanish, Portuguese, and Polish speakers) and more, plus Little Pim for kids.

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U.S. citizenship preparation course from the makers of the Pronunciator language-learning product.

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Lessons in over 80 languages, focusing on pronunciation. Also, teaches English from 50 source languages.

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Testing & Education Reference Center

Prep/practice tests for GED, ACT, GRE, GMAT, SAT, AP, job-related tests, TOEFL, citizenship and more. Search for colleges/scholarships or use the online resume builder and career exploration tools. See also the Access My Library app.

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World Book Discover

A comprehensive encyclopedia with easier-to-read articles. Includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video.

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