English Language Learners
All SPL locations have materials for adults who are learning English and materials for the people who tutor or teach adults. Library staff can help adult learners find materials and services to help meet their learning needs.
English-speaking volunteers help you learn about new words and life in Canada. This is a safe and welcoming place to talk and learn.Alice Turner Branch
Practice your English conversation skills. English-speaking volunteers help you learn about new words and life in Canada. This is a safe and …Cliff Wright Branch
Tour the Library
Tours and introductions to the library can be booked at any location. Contact your preferred location by phone or email to set up a tour.
If your tour group would like to register for library cards please let us know when you make your booking. We can help you make arrangements for the identification needed to register for a library card.
Each SPL location has a literacy collection with test kits, work books and audio books to help you develop English language skills. Many locations also feature Multilingual books for children and adults, so that you can enjoy reading in your own language. Languages vary by library location.
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Mango Languages is an online language learning service. Patrons can access Mango with a computer or with a mobile device (using the free Mango app).
Basic ESL improves an individual's listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a simple to follow, and proven instruction 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.