Worthington Libraries has many resources to help English-language learners improve their English.
With a Worthington Libraries card, you may learn English on your PC, laptop computer or phone at home, at your own pace, with the following resources. To access them, start at worthingtonlibraries.org and click on the "Explore" tab near the top of the homepage, then "Language learning."
If you prefer a more traditional listen-and-repeat, rote-memorization approach to learning, Mango Languages is for you. Mango offers English lessons for adults taught in Arabic (Egyptian), Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Latin America), Turkish and Vietnamese.
Patrons also may learn by listening, speaking, reading and writing with Transparent Language. Transparent Language offers English lessons taught in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Czech, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Hmong, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish (Latin America), Swahili and Tagalog.
All you need is a phone to take advantage of Cell-Ed, the latest addition to the library's suite of language learning resources. Students can learn English with 3- to 5-minute lessons, available anytime.
Additional lessons cover the U.S. naturalization exam, as well as skill building in reading, writing, social studies and math.
In-the-library resources also are available.
Ask library staff to help you find any of the following:
* Test prep books for the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Potential students or employees from abroad often have to pass one of these exams in order to study or work at a U.S. institution.
* Easy dictionaries.
* Grammar and instruction books.
* A collection of DVDs and audio CDs for learning English with instruction in English. Some also provide vocabulary for specialized topics, such as English for health care, construction workers and business English.
* Listings of area English language classes and conversation groups.
* Bilingual children's books in the Dewey Decimal Classification section 438-468.
* Fiction and nonfiction for adults and children in Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.
* English dictionaries in the 420s Dewey Decimal section.
* Bilingual dictionaries for many languages in the 430s-490s Dewey Decimal section.
Old Worthington Library, 820 High St., and Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, also have pronunciation-practice audio CDs.
Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.