Foreign Language Resources
English as a Second Language (ESL)
The library features assorted books for adults in Arabic, Hindi, Polish and Spanish. The collection was funded through a LSTA grant that was awarded in the mid 1990s. Library users may suggest non-English titles of interest for consideration to be purchased for the World Language collection.
The library features assorted materials for children in the following foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, Polish and Spanish. The library features assorted bi-lingual books for children in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish. Library users may suggest non-English titles of interest for consideration to be purchased for the World Language collection.
Come play the beloved and traditional Mexican picture Bingo. Presented bilingually. No Spanish skills needed, but you may end up learning your first Spanish words as you fill your loteria card!
Ven y juega el tradicional juego de Loteria. Presentado en ambos idiomas. Llena tu tabla mientras aprendes y practicas el Ingles y el Espanol! (Age 4 and up)
Uno, dos, Crafts & More:
One story and a couple of activities is all it takes to learn the Spanish word of the day! A hands-on program to explore a new language through crafts, songs, games and more. (Age 3 and up)
The Penpal is a pre-programmed device created to read aloud in a variety of languages. This award-winning digital companion will introduce you to learning material in a unique way. Touch the pen to a book, poster, or learning chart, and you’ll hear the content read to you. Penpal creatively brings audio, interactivity, and magic to printed materials. Each Penpal set includes the Penpal device, sheet and books.
Now you can learn another language through our new interactive database, Mango Languages.
Mango Languages’ PhD-created, linguist-approved language-learning software teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging. Mango rapidly builds language proficiency and cultural understanding around real-world communication skills that you’ll actually need. Mango teaches through examples.
For those using a tablet or phone, an app is available to download. Contact the Reference Desk for more information at 708-428-5151.
ESL Instruction for Adults
- Moraine Valley Community College – https://www.morainevalley.edu/esl/
9000 College Parkway
Palos Hills, IL 60465
- Prairie State College – https://prairiestate.edu/corporate-continuing-education/adult-education/english-as-a-second-language/index.aspx
Corner of Halsted and Vollmer Road
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
- South Suburban College – https://www.ssc.edu/adult-continuing-education/adult-education-programs/
15800 S. State Street
South Holland, IL 60473
ESL Instruction for Children
- Orland School District 135 – https://www.orland135.org/Page/4651
- Tinley Park School District 146 – http://district146.org/departments/student_services/english_language_learners
- Kirby School District 140 (Tinley Park)- https://www.ksd140.org/district-student-services/ell