Free Web site to Help Immigrants Learn English

The U.S. Department of Education launched U.S.A. Learns, a free Web site to help immigrants learn English. The Web site, which is located at, provides approximately 11 million adults who have low levels of English proficiency with easily accessible and free English language training.

U.S.A. Learns offers the following features:

  • An easily accessible Internet learning tool;
  • Simple directions;
  • Free instructional materials developed to teach basic English skills and help adults improve their English proficiency; and
  • Learning modules that can be used outside a traditional classroom

Source: U.S. Department of Education

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Some resources for children could also be used for adults learning English.  One such online tool is called Tumblebooks.  The TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books for children.  However, adults might find this easy-to-use resource very helpful for learning English, too. Many libraries offer access to this pay database.

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Great Site For Recommended Resources

Visit the American Dream Toolkit Web site for recommended ESL titles. Thirty four public libraries from the American Dream Starts @ your library initiative contributed to the comprehensive list of print and digital resources. This annotated list,  the first of its kind, is an enormous contribution to the thousands of librarians and educators providing literacy services for adult English language learners.

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