Resources for Learning English as a Second Language

Chicago Public Library patrons can access Mango Languages, an online database with lessons in 70+ languages, including English. But if you’re looking for more resources to help you learn English, consider these other options:

Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary

Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary has clear, simple definitions and audio pronunciations for thousands of English words and phrases. This resource is especially useful for intermediate learners of British English. Audio pronunciations are given in both American and British English.

Learning English

Learning English is a multimedia source of news and information for English learners. This resource uses short video lessons and audio clips for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Practice tests let you quiz yourself on how much you have learned.

USA Learns

USA Learns has free online English classes. Learn English speaking, listening, vocabulary, pronunciation, reading, writing and grammar. You can access USA Learns teaching videos on your computer, phone or tablet.

In addition to English lessons, USA Learns features course on U.S. citizenship and job skills.

In-Person Classes

For in-person learning, City Colleges of Chicago offers free English classes for adult learners. You can also call the Illinois Adult Education Hotline for help finding a school near you.