3 Ways to Learn English with Plano Public Library

There are many ways to learn a new language, whether you need person-to-person conversation, an 8-week online course, or books and audio CDs to help you reach your goal. This can add up really quickly, unless you use your local library! Below are three ways you – or someone you know – can learn English or expand on basic skills with us:

1. English as a Second Language and Small Talk classes

Learn to speak, read and write in English with English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at Harrington and Parr Libraries. Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 pm at both locations. ESL classes are funded and approved by the Texas Workforce Commission and managed by Collin County Adult Education and Literacy. There are three easy ways to register for these classes:

Small Talk is a weekly series of conversational meet-ups for English language speakers happening at all five locations. Each week participants discuss practical everyday topics in a casual group setting to become more confident speakers. Have fun, meet people from all over the world and learn about American culture while practicing your spoken English.

See the Engage brochure for the most up-to-date schedule for Small Talk. No registration required!

2. Pronunciator

A tablet with Pronunciator on the screen
All you need is your library card to access Pronunciator

Whether learning a new language or brushing up on your skills for work or travel, Pronunciator provides learning in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Greek, Brazilian Portuguese, and dozens more languages. This resource includes live tutors, feature films, music with lyrics, pronunciation analysis, quizzes, and features ESL for 50 non-English languages.

With your library card you can begin using Pronunciator through your browser or their free app for Android, Apple, and Kindle Fire devices today: http://bit.ly/PPLPronunciator

3. English as a Second Language and Bilingual Backpack collections

Shelves of English as a Second Language books

All five Plano Public Library locations have English as a Second Language books on their shelves. This collection was recently updated, thanks to a $2,500 collection enhancement grant from Texas Book Festival. Within this collection, there are a variety of books (some with audio) covering grammar, vocabulary, the TOEFL exam, phrases and colloquialisms, and writing sentences. Use our online catalog to search our collection, using “English language” as the subject: polaris.plano.gov. Some favorites include:

A French Bilingual Backpack with books, DVDs, flashcards and more
All Bilingual Backpacks come with similar books, DVDs
and hands-on activities to learn a new language

We also have a collection of Bilingual Backpacks, perfect for someone at the beginning stages of learning a new language. While we offer a variety of languages with these Backpacks (including Spanish, Chinese, French and Hindi), we also have one for English as a Second Language. You can place a hold on the backpack through our catalog here.

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