Library Databases & Recommended ESL Sites
Library Databases - Learn English & Other Languages
Lingo Lite Learn 260 terms in 30 languages through images, text, and native speaker video to help you learn vocabulary. This database is only accessible by patrons holding Largo Public Library cards.
Pronunciator Pronunciator is an online language-learning system that can help you learn over 100 languages! It includes ESL for speakers of 50 non-English languages.
Computers and Technology
GCF LearnFree.org provides quality, innovative online learning resources anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life.
Breaking News English – Versatile and highly interactive website.Printable English lessons in 7 levels. Handouts for complete lesson plan based on each article, 2 page mini-lessons. Covers listening, reading, grammar, spelling, vocabulary with online flash cards.
News for You Online has easy-to-read news stories that can help you learn English. The passcode is: 720582 to sign in. You will have full access to the current issue, the archives, the online word search, tips for teachers, and more. Listen to each story in full or sentence-by-sentence.
Simple English News is for advanced students - news and feature stories in short paragraphs for reading while you listen.
VOA Learning English – Audio, Video, learning resources from Voice of America. Subscribe to weekly email newsletter, RSS, and podcast. Highly recommended website.
Cambridge English Language Learning - Interactive lessons from the Cambridge Ventures series. Good companion site for students using the Ventures textbooks. Can also use as a stand-alone online program.
Easy Stories for English Learners Learning a language is hard. With Easy Stories in English, you can learn English the natural way, without studying lists of vocabulary or complicated grammar rules. Every week, Ariel Goodbody, author and language teacher, will present a story adapted to your level of English. The stories will be hilarious, dramatic, and entertaining, but never too difficult. If you’re learning English and are tired of boring textbooks, then this is the podcast for you. Stories are rated: L1 – Beginner, L2 – Pre-intermediate, L3 – Intermediate, L4 – Advanced. NOTE: there are ads as well as trigger warnings.
ESL Gold has lots of resources for students and teachers - hundreds of lessons including common phrases for conversation, grammar, idioms, vocabulary, pronunciation, etc.
OM Personal is a good site for Spanish speaking students at beginning level. More than 50 conversations on variety of topics with written transcripts, photos and quizzes.
Real English has video interviews of real life English speakers that teach basic listening, vocabulary, and grammar.
TEDTalks has a wide variety of videos of academic lectures. Good practice for TOEFL and advanced students.
Tips-O-Matic- A handy tool for quick reference - grammar rules, helper words and other writing tips.
USA Learns is a project of the U.S. Department of Education for beginning and intermediate levels. Focuses on practical skills related to everyday life, family, health and the workplace.
MedlinePlus Videos & Tools has reliable and informative videos that can be used to teach health literacy and English at the same time. From the U.S. Dept. of Health
See also library health databases under eBranch
Idioms and Expressions
The Idiom Connection provides an extensive list of expressions, phrases and idioms with good definitions for ESL students.
E-Z Slang - Learn idiomatic expressions and slang to both understand and communicate with native English speakers This site is specifically designed to help low-intermediate to advanced learners improve their survival skills in many different situations.
Literacy Organizations/Tutor Help
Busy Teacher - Practical and ready to use suggestions for teaching English for all levels. Up-to-date article that change content regularly.
Florida Literacy Coalition Tutor Help Center ESOL you will find teaching strategies, lesson Plans, teaching Tips and student handouts. Excellent resource for free downloadable materials.
ProLiteracy Education Network - Explore the many excellent resources this site offers, including free online courses for tutors. There are instructional resources for ESL learners, too, including short self-paced courses, interactive activities, and video lessons. Topics covered include reading, writing, math, citizenship and basic life skills.
Pinellas County Official Government Website has practical and useful information about living in Pinellas County such as: hurricane preparedness, recycling, lifelong learning, the Police, how to get help in an emergency, etc.
Pronunciation and Phonetics
EnglishMeeting.com on YouTube has entertaining and helpful pronunciation videos. Part of a series on YouTube.
Train Your Accent will help you to improve your accent and rhythm in English and learn daily expressions. Listen to samples of relaxed, North American English that reflect everyday activities and help you sound more natural.
Purdue Owl Writing Lab is a good website for reference. This page is an example of a specific topic that you could cover in a class. Look through the list of topics in the left-hand column for other ideas, especially grammar. To print the page scroll down to the bottom and click on the printer icon. Also check out the English as a Second Language link for more resources.
Access Library databases Peterson's Test Prep and ProCitizen within Pronunciator for U.S. Citizenship test practice.
USCIS Citizenship Resource Center is the primary source for official information on naturalization requirements, the citizenship application, and the citizenship test. Includes study tools for the English and Civics tests.
Resources on Citizenship test preparation
Foreignborn.com is a source for information on immigration issues such as Visas, Green Cards, financial issues, health insurance, etc.
EduPASS has information about the nuances of life in the US and an introduction to some of the more important cultural differences. Good for class discussion.
Internet Picture Dictionary Use flash cards, fill-in-the-blanks and word scramble games to increase your vocabulary.
Language Guide - Wave the mouse over a picture and hear the word pronounced. Available in 17 languages.