Studying on your own or already taking an English class? Learn, improve and practice your English-language skills with the resources in this section.

Find resources with progressive lessons under General Lessons. That means you can follow lessons building up from beginning to intermediate and advanced levels. These may be especially helpful if you are learning on your own and some of them allow you to track your progress.

Focus on individual skills you want to increase your knowledge of, improve or review: Grammar, Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Listening and Reading and Writing. The resources in each category may include lessons, quizzes, activities, games and/or a combination of all of these.

Play Learning Games to exercise your brain and have some fun with the language. If you are following the progressive lessons, you may want play the games for a nice break.

General Lessons

These sites have lessons you can follow progressively, building up from beginning to intermediate and advanced levels. These may be especially helpful if you are learning on your own and some of them allow you to track your progress.

 


Powerspeak Languages

Powerspeak Languages
The Gail Borden Public Library provides the Powerspeak Languages system.  You will need a Gail Borden Public Library card number to access Powerspeak Languages from home or work.

The languages available are:

  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English for Chinese Speakers (ESL)
  • English for Spanish Speakers (ESL)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish

USA Learns
Available in Spanish and English, registration required.

Pumarosa
For Spanish-speakers.

Grammar

These sites have lessons, quizzes, activities, games and/or a combination of all of these to help you learn grammar.

Mansión del Inglés
For Spanish-speakers. Review nouns, articles, adverbs, verbs and more and then test your knowledge with practical exercises. Practice your grammar in a fun way with Detective Rick’s stories.

Jennifer’s ESL Channel
Watch and listen to videos for beginning learners about the verb tenses. Watch and listen to videos for intermediate and advanced learners about conditionals, prepositions, and verb tenses.

Manythings.org
Test your grammar with quizzes.

A4esl
Test your grammar with quizzes.

Vocabulary

These sites have lessons, quizzes, activities, games and/or a combination of all of these to help you learn vocabulary.

Learning Express
Library Resource requires Gail Borden Library card number. Practice for synonyms and antonyms.

Mansión del Inglés
For Spanish-speakers. Review words grouped by themes and listen to their pronunciation in English.

Jennifer’s ESL Channel
Watch videos that introduce you to new words and expressions having to do with colors, the kitchen, love, holidays and more.

Manythings.org
Learn all sorts of common expressions and listen to the stories behind them.

English Club
Review lists of adverbs, adjectives, antonyms and more. Learn English idioms and quiz yourself on your knowledge. Learn English slang and quiz yourself on your knowledge.

Enciclopedia Cumbre
Library Resource requires Gail Borden Library card number. Look up words in a number of dictionaries including the American Heritage English Dictionary , the American Heritage Student’s Dictionary, the American Heritage Spanish/English Dictionary and Roget’s New Thesaurus.

Word Reference
Get the translation of words from English to Spanish and vice versa.

Encarta
Search for words, listen to their pronunciation and learn their definitions.

Internet Visual Dictionary
Browse and find words grouped by category and see a photograph for each word.

Pronunciation

These sites have lessons, quizzes, activities, games and/or a combination of all of these to help improve your pronunciation.

English Club
English pronunciation tips, exercises and a glossary.

Jennifer’s ESL Channel
Watch videos with pronunciation lessons.

Listening

These sites have lessons, quizzes, activities, games and/or a combination of all of these to help improve your listening skills.

Tumble Books
Library Resource.  A collection of audiobooks that includes American and world classics, non-fiction and fiction.

Mansión del Inglés
Listen to basic, intermediate and advanced dialogs and answer comprehension questions

English Club
Listen to news, radio programs, poetry and more.

Elllo
Listen to conversations, stories and news reports with a multicultural focus.

Reading and Writing

These sites have lessons, quizzes, activities, games and/or a combination of all of these to help improve your reading and writing skills.

Learning Express
Library Resource requires Gail Borden Library card number. For Spanish-speakers. Reading comprehension courses and exercises.

Tumble Books
Library Resource. A collection of audiobooks that includes American and world classics, non-fiction and fiction.

Manythings.org
Read interesting stories on a variety of topics while listening to the narration.

News for You 
Requires registration. Read and listen to news from around the world.

Voice of America 
Read and listen to more world news.

Learning Games

These sites have learning games to exercise your brain and have fun with the language.

Scrabble

Boggle
Hangman
Crosswords
Picture/Word Match
Spelling
Match Words
Word Search

Please note: All of the resources you reach when you click on a link in this section are free. In some cases, the website may charge a fee for additional services, such as for more advanced lessons, for purchasing or downloading materials and/or for tutoring. You will not be charged unless you provide a form of payment, like a credit card number. Also, some of the websites may require that you register which will be noted with the phrase “registration required” in the resource’s description. In most cases you will only need to provide a name and create a password to do so. Finally, there are some library databases among the resources. You will need to type in your library card number to access them.