Library 101: English Language Learning
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Library 101: English Language Learning

Learn about a wide array of English language learning resources, programs and databases with Plano Public Library.

Plano Public Library (PPL) offers both in person and virtual resources for English language learning. There’s a variety of options that allow you to self-pace or engage with a group. Some resources can be done without a Plano library card or remotely.


Databases are accessible through the PPL website by going from Library > Learn > Research & Learn > Literature, Languages & culture. Databases require a Plano library card and internet access to use.


Pronunciator is a self-paced way to learn to speak, read, and write any of 163 languages with personalized courses, movies, music and more. Includes new COVID-19 language course in 101 languages. Pronunciator includes live tutors, feature films, music with lyrics, pronunciation analysis and quizzes. Begin by selecting your preferred language to take courses in, and the language you would like to learn, then work your way through the lessons at a pace that is convenient for you.

Check out our Getting Started with Pronunciator blog post to learn more.


ProCitizen is an online course to prepare New Americans for the civics, reading, and writing parts of the USCIS Naturalization Test. It includes 100 instructional videos in both English and Spanish.


English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes

During ESL classes, students will learn to speak, read and write in English. Classes are free, and online curriculum and resources are provided in the class. ESL classes are for those with little to no English skills.

ESL classes are currently suspended during COVID-19. Check the library website or call your library for updates on when in-person classes will be available.

Small Talk
Small Talk, previous held in person at the library, boosts English language skills

If you (or someone you know) want to boost your English language skills, come by our conversational class Small Talk. 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. Small Talk is limited to those who can speak and read English.

Small talk is currently available virtually through Zoom. Check the virtual programming calendar for dates and registration information.

ESL materials

ESL Collection
Plano Public Library won a Texas Book Festival grant to purchase new materials for the ESL Collection in 2018

PPL has English Second Language materials available for checkout. You can search the catalog and place holds for pickup, or browse in the library. For help finding materials you can call or visit the library and staff will assist you. This collection includes books, workbooks, test prep, and audio.

Bilingual books/backpacks

Bilingual books and language backpacks for children are available for checkout. Bilingual Backpacks feature materials to provide you and your child with an introduction to speaking another language! In addition to languages such as Chinese and Spanish, Plano Public Library offers English as a Second Language backpacks to help English Language Learners.

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