Languages

BasicESL

Basic ESL improves an individual’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow and instructionally proven curriculum. Students learn English quickly and effectively on relevant topics including: family, home, school and many other topics. In each lesson students learn key vocabulary and how to use that vocabulary in conversation. No computer experience is necessary.

Gale Courses

Online courses on a wide range of topics including technology, computer applications, accounting, web design, healthcare and personal enrichment. New classes begin every month and last for six weeks. To get started, create an account with your Des Plaines library card. Certificates of completion are available for some courses. View tutorial

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Mango Languages

Mango offers a variety of fun ways to help you learn another language, including English. A voice comparison feature compares your pronunciation to a native speaker’s. Use it on your computer or tablet or on your cellphone, by downloading the mobile app. View tutorial

Oxford English Dictionary

A guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. The OED is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language.

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PressReader - formerly Library Press Display

You'll find current newspapers and magazines in several languages, presented in full-page format with photographs, advertisements, crossword puzzles and cartoons. This is a great way to read world wide news or develop your skills with another language. View tutorial

Literacy classes from Oakton Community College at the library.

Class schedule.