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.
Online courses on a wide range of topics including technology, computer applications, accounting, law, web design, healthcare and personal enrichment. Foreign language courses for Spanish, French, Italian & Japanese are also offered. 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
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
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.
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
Pronunciator is a fun way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more. ESL courses are available for speakers of several languages. For adults and children. View tutorial
Access to a large collection of leading Hispanic newspapers, news wires, websites and blogs in full text from US publishers in both Spanish and English including El Diario/La Prensa (New York City), La Opinión (Los Angeles), La Prensa (San Antonio) and Extra (Chicago).
Free literacy classes
Offered by Oakton Community College and held at the library.Class schedule