English Language Learners

The library has materials for both students and tutors. Our collection is interfiled in the adult nonfiction section, primarily in the 428s and is identified by the blue ELL sticker.

To display a list of Adult ELL materials in our online catalog, type Basic Skills GEPL and click “Everything.”

Learn English with the Library

English Conversation Group @ GEPL
Practice English with other English language learners at the library. Tutors from Literacy DuPage will lead this free, drop-in group.

Transparent English USB drives (a computer software program)
This is available at the Adult Services Information Desk to check out and use on your own computer. View a video tutorial on how to use the USB drives (you will need Quicktime on your computer to see the video).



Websites for Students & Tutors

Boggles World ESL for Adults
Worksheets and lesson plans for the ESL teacher.
Dave’s ESL Cafe on the Web

“The Internet’s meeting place for ESL & ESL teachers and students from around the world.”

College of Dupage Library ESL Research Guide

English as a Second Language Home Page
For ESL learners who want to learn English using the Web.

Guide to Online Schools
Top 50 Resources for ESL Teachers. Resources to develop lesson plans and activities for your students.

The Internet Picture Dictionary
A picture dictionary that lets you search by various languages (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish) and includes online activities

Randall’s ESL: Cyber Listening Lab
A site for students to practice listening to English

Ventures Arcade
A site used by the College of DuPage and maintained by Cambridge University Press. Ventures Arcade is an interactive website offering English learning resources at multiple skill levels.

Local Literacy Organizations

Literacy DuPage (formerly Literacy Volunteers of Dupage)
Tana Tatnall, Executive Director
24W500 Maple, #220
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: (630) 416-6699
e-mail: lvadupage@aol.com
Their mission is to provide accessible and customized tutoring in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding English to help adults function independently.

College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Offers the following programs:
Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language
Patricia Coleman, Associate Dean
Open Campus Center, Room 131
Phone: (630) 942-3697
E-mail: jonusait@cod.edu
Offer a wide array of programs, including citizenship and GED.

World Relief DuPage
Tanya Thomas, Director
World Relief Education Program
1825 College Ave., Suite 230Wheaton, IL 60187
Phone: (630) 462-7566
e-mail: tthomas@wr.org
Provides free day and evening English as a Second Language classes, as well as citizenship and immigrant services

Illinois Adult Learning Hotline
Statewide referral system linking students or volunteers to local literacy and adult education programs. Bilingual (English and Spanish) operators are available. Visit their website.